Thursday, October 2, 2008

Bury Me Beneath The Willow


Today we'll look at another song painting from my Bluegrass Series, "Bury Me Beneath the Willow."

My painting on the left depicts the elements of the song from the lyrics which appear on the grave headstone (left bottom corner).

Here are the lyrics:

Bury Me Beneath the Willow

Bury me beneath the willow,
Under the weeping willow tree.
When she hears that I am sleeping,
Maybe then she’ll weep for me.

My heart is sad and I'm in sorrow,
For the only one I love.
When will I see her, no, no, never,
Till we meet in heav’n above.

Tomorrow was to be our wedding,
But, Lord, where can she be?
She’s gone, she’s gone to court another,
She no longer cares for me.

She told me that she dearly loved me,
How could she be untrue.
Until an angel softly whispered,
She no longer cares for you.

Place on my grave a snow-white lily,
And on my tomb a turtle dove,
So if she sometimes comes to see me,
She will know I died for love.

The painting is 30" by 40" and even on 12" by 16" prints you can clearly see the details (this image is not very clear). His love is weeping and kneels at his grave. She is holding the leaves of the snow-white lily and on the tomb is a white turtle dove. Above in the clouds on the left is the angel whispering and in the clouds on the right the lovers meet in Heaven above.

In the next blog I will go into the details of the history of the song.

Till next time,

Richard Matteson

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