The Willow Song

Words & Music:

Traditional English


Em              B7 Em            G    D7         G       Em

A poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree; sing oh, the green willow.

Em       G           D7 G           Am            B7

With his hand on his bosom, and his head upon his knee.



E7   A               D      Em

Sing willow, willow, willow, willow.

     B7                          E       Em B7        Em

Sing willow, willow, willow, willow; my garland shall be.

          G   D7    G               D7        G

Sing, oh, the green willow, willow, willow, willow.

C    G    B7    Em               Am    B7  Em

Sing, oh, the green willow my garland shall be.


He sighed in his singing and made a great moan; sing oh, the green willow.

I am dead to all pleasure, my true love is gone.




The mute bird sat by him, was made tame by his moans; sing oh, the green willow.

The true tears fell from him would have melted the stones.




Come all you forsaken and mourn you with me; sing oh, the green willow.

Who speaks of false love, mine’s falser than she.




Let Love no more boast her in palace nor bower, sing oh, the green willow.

It buds, but it blasteth, ere it be a flower.




Thou fair and more false, I died with thy wound; sing oh, the green willow.

Thou hast lost the truest lover that goes upon the ground.




Let nobody chide her, her frowns I approve; sing oh, the green willow.

She was born to be false and I to die of love.




Take this for my farewell and latest adieu; sing oh, the green willow.

Write this on my tomb, that in love I was true.





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