Down By the Willows

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lyrics taken in part from variations of a traditional Irish/American ballad. arranged by John Davey.

lyrics

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)

credits

from In a Whelming Tide, released June 22, 2012
John Davey - guitar, vocals
Tory Kirgiss - drums
Joe Brown - bass
Dustin Sendejas - cornet
Jon Weiss - trombone, french horn
Jared Bartman - piano

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John Davey Marquette, Michigan

From Indiana’s Wabash River Valley to Music City, Nashville, Tennessee to the wilds of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, John Davey has been on the move during the last couple of years. The words and melodies of Middle-America follow him everywhere.

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