"Weeping Willow" as written by and Richard Ashcroft....
When morning breaks
We hide our eyes and our love's aching
Nothing's strange

It was in our hands from 6 to 10
It slipped right out again

There'll be no better time
There'll be no better way
There'll be no better day to save me
Save me
Yeah, save me

I hope you see like I see
I hope you see what I see
I hope you feel like I feel

And the world don't stop
There is no time for cracking up
Believe me friend
'Cause when freedom comes
I'll be long gone
You know it has to end

There'll be no better time
There'll be no better way
There'll be no better day to save me
Save me
Yeah, save me
Yeah, save me
I hope you see what I see
I hope you feel like I feel
Someone to stand beside me
Beside me
Beside me
Beside me
Beside me

Weeping willow
The pills under my pillow
Weeping willow
Pills under my pillow
Weeping willow
The Gun under your pillow
Weeping willow
Beside me
Beside me
Beside me
Beside me


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"Weeping Willow" as written by Richard Ashcroft

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  • +6
    General CommentThe lyrics to this songs are particularly haunting to me. Looking carefully at them, I have an idea as to what it may be about; but it's a long shot.

    The opening verse, I think, refers to realisation that a relationship is not working out ... "Morning breaks." The two drift apart, "hiding their eyes," with their "love aching" ... they still have feelings for one another, but there are difficulties. Perhaps these are of a sexual nature ... the hours of six to ten are mentioned.

    The relationship dissolves, and each party is left feeling forlorn and empty. One of them cries out for the other to come back, hoping that the other has similar sentiments to his or her own. It gets to the point where both are contemplating suicide ... "the world don't stop ...you know it has to end" ... one with a pill under his/her pillow, the other with a gun.
    MadTomon March 30, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti think this could be about suicide and wanting to end it coz a certain person cant give anymore
    kempeon August 31, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlright! I love this song, but I'm afraid there's two spelling mistakes that totally throws the whole song off... the second line should be "We HAD our eyes and our LUNGS aching" Now for the real meaning of the song... pollution and the decline of the modern world!

    Think about it, our eyes and lungs ache as the result of the decline of the countryside and the increase of urban sprawl, with the air pollution causing our lungs the ache. I'm not too sure about the whole "6 to 10" reference, but i think it's got more meaning that the hours of the clock, the general message here is that the world was given to us and we threw it away (like in the garden of eden and all that religious stuff)

    The pre-chorus is a scream from the world, mother nature etc. to us to actually get up and do something about what's going on, with all our modern science and stuff there's "no better time" like the present to save the planet.

    The chorus is then a reiteration of this plea, that the world hopes we see the plight it is in, the pain we cause it, and that we will "stand beside" it, and not stand idilly by and let our own lifestyles consume it.

    The second verse returns to the fact that the world is diminishing due to our own greed, and by the time there is actually peace on earth ("freedom") the world will itself be destroyed.

    Then the "Weeping Willow" bit at the end, well... if you've heard that song, I forget who it is by, maybe james taylor or neil young, anyway there's a line that goes
    "why does the weeping willow weep?
    because she's dying gradually
    from the waste from the factory
    down by the river"
    it really puts the song into perspective. "Weeping willow" as a result of the effects of pollution, the "pills under my pillow", it's a take on modern life and the belief that everything can be solved by a pill (prozac etc.), and the "gun under your pillow", has got to do with the increasing lack of love and trust, increase in violence, and hence an increasing disregard for the planet and a civilisation slowly killing itself by it's own greed.

    That's my interpertation of the song, and, although i'm convinced it's right, that's just my opinion, don't lyinch my if you think i'm wrong. Though I will say it is an absoluyely beautiful song, and it's fantastic to get totally baked to (like the whole urban hymns album really)!!
    peace out
    hashheadon July 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsuicide
    kempeon August 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti would agree with hashhead but since this is Ashcroft I'm gonna go with suicide
    crapmonkey470on February 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHashhead has definately had too much wacky tobacci in his day.

    Anyway, this is my favourite The Verve song.
    klson May 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, I agree that hashhead's interpretation is complete rubbish. This song is undoubtedly about suicide.
    thisismusicon June 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is such a beautiful song... I think it could be right what MadTorn said, i thought the same.
    rainbow00on April 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOmg MadTom you hit the proverbial nail right on it's head. Couldn't have said it better myself. Spot on.
    pyros411on March 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentoh, and the last guy to post before me, pyros411, is EXACTLY 3 years older than me, coincidence eh? duh-duh-DUH!!! ;)
    hashheadon July 06, 2006   Link

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