THE WEEPIN’ WILLER
 
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Down by the countryside lives old Gray the Miller
Down by the side of the millstream tide
Grows the weepin' willer
Under the willer tree, sat the miller's daughter
Singing a song and gazing long
Into the babbling water
Liquid
She sat by the side of the bubbling water
Under the weepin' willer tree.

Chorus: She sat by the side of the bubbling water
Under the weepin' willer tree.


Tears fell down from her eyes, hands she was wringing
First she cries and then she sighs
And then commenced a-singing
'All the world's a waste.
Life to me is odious
Since William has deserted me
And went and joined the 'sojiers'
Army
She sat by the side of the bubbling water
Under the weepin' willer tree

Chorus: She sat by the side of the bubbling water
Under the weepin' willer tree.


Then from her bosom she drew a piece of needle cover
And on it wrote a very short note
To her deceitful lover
'Take this to William Phipps straight to him batelin'
His Susan died thro' suicide
P.S. Please excuse bad spelling
Orthography
She sat by the side of the bubbling water
Under the weepin' willer tree.

Chorus: She sat by the side of the bubbling water
Under the weepin' willer tree.


She looked at the thimble case
Which William false had bought her
She looked to the right, she looked to the left
And then looked in the water
Then she did prepare, her mortal life to injure
Her head was bare, and the colour of her hair
Was a sort of ginger
Auburn
She sat by the side of the bubbling water
Under the weepin' willer tree.

Chorus: She sat by the side of the bubbling water
Under the weepin' willer tree.


She looked at the willer above
And said, 'I'll hang my garter
But what a mistake, if the garter break
I shall be drowned in the water'
She looked at the water below
And her nerves began to totter
'I'm not very bold, and I may take cold
I'll wait till the weather is hotter'
Milder
She sat by the side of the bubbling water
Under the weepin' willer tree.

Chorus: She sat by the side of the bubbling water
Under the weepin' willer tree.


She rose and dried her tears
And said, 'Since he's a rover
I will not mind, and try to find
Some more faithful lover
If one I cannot find
To me it's very funny
As love is blind I'm half inclined
To marry a man for money
Rhino
She sat by the side of the bubbling water
Under the weepin' willer tree.

Chorus: She sat by the side of the bubbling water
Under the weepin' willer tree.
 
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Written (1865) and performed by Harry Clifton (1832-1872)
 
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