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Lyr Req: Willow Tree (Roscoe Holcomb)

GUEST,Cap 09 Nov 12 - 11:32 PM
GUEST,Cap 09 Nov 12 - 11:34 PM
Jim Dixon 10 Nov 12 - 01:09 AM
GUEST,Cap 10 Nov 12 - 08:51 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Roscoe Holcomb-Weeping Willow
From: GUEST,Cap
Date: 09 Nov 12 - 11:32 PM

The first verse of this goes

"If I was a little Swallow
Had little wings and I could fly
I'd lie in the arms of my own true lover
_______ ________ _________ _________?

sounds like something about courting but I can't quite make it out. Anybody else know?
The next verse is similar, but is easier to understand

"If i were some little sparrow
had little wings and I could fly
I would lie by the side of my own true lover
and there i'd sit till the day I die"

Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Roscoe Holcomb-Weeping Willow
From: GUEST,Cap
Date: 09 Nov 12 - 11:34 PM

song is actually called "Willow Tree" on "The High Lonesome Sound"


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Subject: Lyr Add: WILLOW TREE (Roscoe Holcomb)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Nov 12 - 01:09 AM

The lyrics are given in the album's liner notes, which you can see here:
http://folklife-media01.si.edu/liner_notes/folkways/FW02368.pdf. I listened on Spotify, and made some very small corrections:


WILLOW TREE
As sung by Roscoe Holcomb on "The High Lonesome Sound" (Folkways Records, FA2368, 1965)

If I was some little swallow,
Had little wings and I could fly,
It's I'd light in the arms of my own true lover,
And if any courting there, I'd be by.

If I were some little sparrow,
Had little wings and I could fly,
It's I would light by the side of my own true lover,
And there I'd sit until the day I die.

I'd light up in some weeping willow,
Weep for weeks, for months and years.
It's I wouldn't eat nothin' but weeping willow,
And what I'd drink would be my tears.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Willow Tree (Roscoe Holcomb)
From: GUEST,Cap
Date: 10 Nov 12 - 08:51 AM

THANKS A BUNCH! Song makes sense now!


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