“Down by the Weeping Willow Tree”


"Dig my grave and let me lie, love (x3), Down by the weeping willow tree." "Make it long and deep and wide, love." "Dig my grave with a golden spade, love." "Let me down with a golden chain, love." "Cover me over with the sod, love."


The lyrics of this are largely identical with "Dig My Grave with a Silver Spade," and I thought seriously about lumping them. But I hesitantly separate them (pending discovery of additional versions) on the basis of the refrains and the much more spiritual feel of "Silver Spade." - RBW

Cross references


  1. BrownIII 268, "Down by the Weeping Willow Tree" (1 text)
  2. BI, Br3268


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (Brown)
Keywords: burial death
Found in: US(SE)