The song form is AABA and it is written in 4/4 time, although it is occasionally adapted for 3/4 waltz time, as on recordings by Phil Woods (Musique du Bois, 1974) and Dr. Lonnie Smith (Jungle Soul, 2006.) It is mostly known as a jazz standard, having been recorded first by Ted Fio Rito (with vocal by Muzzy Marcellino) in October 1932 and by Paul Whiteman (with vocal by Irene Taylor) the following month. Both were hits in December 1932. It was a Top 40 hit for the British duo Chad & Jeremy in 1964; the song was released on their Yesterday's Gone album and reached No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
Willow, weep for me Willow, weep for me Bend your branches green along the stream that runs to sea Listen to my plea Listen, willow and weep for me
Gone my lovers dream Lovely summer dream Gone and left me here to weep my tears into the stream Sad as I can be Hear me willow and weep for me
Whisper to the wind and say that love has sinned Leave my heart a-breaking, and making a moan Murmur to the night to hide the starry light So none will find me sighing and crying all alone
Weeping willow tree Weep in sympathy Bend your branches down along the ground and cover me When the shadows fall, bend the willow and weep for me