“Under the Willow She's Sleeping (The Willow Tree)”

Author: Stephen C. Foster
Earliest date: 1860 (sheet music)
Keywords: death love burial mother children
Found in: US(So)


"Under the willow she's laid with care (Sang a lone mother while weeping,) Under the willow with golden hair, My little one's quietly sleeping. Fair, fair and golden hair...." The mother laments that the girl sings and plays no more


  1. Belden, p. 484, "Under the Willow" (1 text)
  2. Randolph 711, "The Willow Tree" (1 text, a fragment which Randolph calls "pretty close" to the Foster song, although it has only a few phrases found in the original Foster text)
  3. Saunders/Root-Foster 2, pp. 89-92+427, "Under the Willow She's Sleeping" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Roud #7377
  5. BI, R711