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Our Willow Tree in Scotland

Lyrics composed by John Henderson on the 8th of January, 2012,
to two St. Bernard's Waltz melodies called, 'Autumn Dreams'.
(Composer and Dance Band Unknown)

Swinging gently o'er our gnarl'd garden seat
With-their shelt'ring soft weeping leaves,
Each bent-bough and branch of our Willow Tree
No predictable pattern weaves.
All drips we hear from their chorus'd tears,
And the swish from each lithesome limb,
Bring-much-joy and peace to our musing minds,
When back over life's journey we skim .....
As we drift far away, we see halcyon days
Where in infancy play was supreme;
But too soon came the school, where hard work was the rule,
With less-time left to linger or dream.
Teenage days too flashed past before dies we both cast
To get-wed and thus share our life;
Three-babes soon came to us, and with them lots of fuss,
Though this more oft brought pleasure than strife.

Oh! Willow Tree they still love you!
A fond-part of fam'ly you are;
You shaded story-time tellings,
And you shared in each smile and tear.
Though now they're grown-up and have left you,
You've still-us the once newly-weds;
Don't droop-down too low while you're spreading
Your green-canopy o'er our heads.

Swing on gently o'er our gnarl'd garden seat
With-your shelt'ring soft weeping leaves;
Each bent-bough and branch belov'd Willow Tree
No predictable pattern weaves.
The drip-drips we hear from your chorus of tears,
And the swish from each gracious glide,
Still bring joy and peace out-here under your spell,
As we review our past lives by your side.

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