he sneaked up to his lover's window
bade her go with him
but she did so hesitantly for the moon that night was dim

Said he "oh, my own true Emma! haste, do not delay
and we will ramble through the hedges
set our wedding day
and we'll go..."

(chorus)
down, down, down, down by the willows
down by the drooping willows

but there amongst the violets he cursed her up and down
and he told her of his jealousy and pushed her to the ground
but she had loved no other and she begged him for her life
but no amount of pleading could stop his steely knife

(chorus)

(bridge)
down, down, down, down, down
(down by the river)
(down where the violets grow)
(down by the willows, down, down)
and the birds sang in the morning their awful, weary songs
where the truest love of Edward had never done a wrong
but now beneath the willows where the violets fade and bloom
resides the ghost of Emma near her cold and silent tomb
the willows

(chorus)


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Down By the Willows song meanings
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