“Bury Me Beneath the Willow”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1909 (Belden)
Keywords: separation infidelity love death
Found in: US(Ap,MW,SE,So)


The singer has been abandoned by (her) lover. Tomorrow was to be their wedding day, but now he is off with another girl. The singer asks her friends to "bury me beneath the willow... And when he knows that I am sleeping, maybe then he'll think of me."

Same tune



  1. Belden, pp. 482-483, "Under the Willow Tree" (2 texts)
  2. Randolph 747, "Bury Me Beneath the Willow" (3 short texts, 3 tunes)
  3. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 505-506, "Bury Me Beneath the Willow" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 747B)
  4. BrownIII 267, "The Weeping Willow" (3 texts plus 4 excerpts and mention of 4 more)
  5. Fuson, p. 126, "The Weeping Willow" (1 text)
  6. Cambiaire, p. 85, "O Bury Me Beneath the Weeping Willow" (1 text)
  7. Sandburg, pp. 314-315, "Bury Me Beneath the Willow" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. Abrahams/Foss, p. 58, "(Bury Me Beneath the Willow)" (1 text)
  9. Silber-FSWB, p. 178, "Bury Me Beneath The Willow" (1 text)
  11. Roud #410
  12. BI, R747