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Down by the water, under the willow
Sits a lone ranger, minding the willow
He & his wife, once happily lived
Planted a seed that grew through the reeds
Summers & winters, through snowy Decembers
Sat by the water, close to the embers
Missing...

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    anonymous
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    Oct 15th, 10:57pm report


    Maybe I’m just taking it at face value, but to me this song just beautifully illustrates and rise and fall of relationships. He plants the willow seed, but then shares it with his wife, they carve their names in the tree and it becomes a symbol of their youthful and pure love. They are happy for years, but overtime that youthful joy leaves, the relationship starts to crumble, pride and pain cause the love to leave - if he just expressed his feelings their love would return. The song demonstrates several ends, and I think jasmine leaves it open. Singing about the last day could mean the last day of their relationship, when one leaves for good. Or it could be one of their deaths and they made it to the end. The bridge and subsequent final verse give hope. Someday they DO talk out their issues, the love does return, and they settle into their old loving relationship again... or maybe it’s a what could have been. Either way it is sad... and beautiful, and hopeful all at the same time.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 29th, 7:25am report


    I think this song is about an elderly man (lone ranger) who had a lover when he was young, but them. she died. and he planted a willow tree, and he tends to it. He planted the willow by her ashes and the song is his child's perspective that he had with that girl.



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    anonymous
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    May 14th, 2019 5:41pm report


    WARNING- This is my interpretation so please do not get offended about this

    I think it's about a couple who can't have kids but then they do have one child (named willow) who lives to about 5 but dies so they plant a willow so they can remember her and something else to look after. I think then the wife in the couple passes away hence the reference lone ranger and the man sits and remembers his wife and child



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    anonymous
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    Jan 7th, 2019 1:54pm report


    I believe the song is about the Lone Ranger who had. A wife but most people think the wife died because of the lyric “when the last day comes” but I personally think she left him because of the lyric “ if he has spoken. Love would return” and when they say “last day” they mean the last day before she leaves



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    anonymous
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    Dec 1st, 2017 12:30pm report


    I believe this song is about a man and a woman who had a child (the willow). They are dreaming about the willow that they had because of a tragedy (the child probably or died). And the parents are staying with the child until “the last day comes” (they will stay with the child until the day the child dies). And they will sit by, and remember the embers of the child forever (“remembering embers”). Also, I think the parents planted a willow tree to represent their child who has passed away, and they sit by the willow and will never leave the child who is in heaven. Later, the parents become happy and are not sad that their child has passed (“mishaps turn into sunny Decembers). This song is amazing and always touches my heart. Jasmine Thompson, you are spectacular!



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    anonymous
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    Nov 3rd, 2017 11:16pm report


    I think it's about a young couple but he never told her that he loved her. He is stuck to live life alone and wait for the day that she would come back.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 14th, 2017 8:11pm report


    I believe the song is song from a friend,or a child's point of veiw of a lone ranger(male) who's wife died.(down by the water under the willow sits a lone ranger minding the willow) now the man goes down to the water where the wife is burried under the willow by the water. the man has spent years doing this by a fire (summers and winters through snowy decembers sat by the water close to the embers)and the friend or child is telling the man that they would not leave untill the last day while he misses his old live with he beloved wife.(missing out the lives that they once had before)



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    anonymous
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    May 2nd, 2017 5:55pm report


    I think it means how a man (the Lone Ranger) had a wife. They watched the willow grew as did their love for each other. But a tragedy struck (hence the ember) which left the man to be alone. Now he just tends to the willow, alone and missing the one he loved. It's like the journey to accepting his wife's passing. And at the end he slowly becomes happy again. And then he will finally meet her again...

    This song is beautiful



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    anonymous
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    Apr 3rd, 2017 4:48pm report


    I dont know thats whyb i came on this sight. it shoukld be titled
    "Jasmine Thompson: Willow Meaning" when it doent give us the ture anwser from jasmine herself. but its a great song though



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    anonymous
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    Aug 1st, 2016 8:49pm report


    I think it's about a family (the man and woman with their child (The Willow). Their child is dying so they're 'missing out the lives that they once had before'. They would stay with they child until 'When the last day comes'. By now the child has passed away but they still dream of her/him being alive. On the lyric 'into their willow', they specifically use THEIR. 'Love would return' meaning they would have their family back. They use 'embers' to refer to the child. They believe one day they might be able to be happy again, 'mishaps' becoming 'Sunny Decembers'. They hope to "find" their 'willow' (child) again. It doesn't specifically say where but I would guess in heaven.



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    anonymous
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    May 27th, 2016 5:21pm report


    To me, willow is talking about any sad event. It reminds me of when my beloved cousin, Amy, died. To my friend it reminds her when her parents got divorced. It mainly reminds me of Amy for many reasons.
    1. "Planted a seed that grew through the reeds", when Amy met me when I was born (She's about 7 years older then me.
    2. "Summer, winters, through snowy Decembers" this reminds me of the time we spent together.
    3. "Missing out the lives that they once had before" this is how I missed out on my old life and how I have changed from this experience.

    My friend thinks of it for different reasons, but generally, a tragedy that has changed people.



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    anonymous
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    May 27th, 2016 5:20pm report


    To me, willow is talking about any sad event. It reminds me of when my beloved cousin, Amy, died. To my friend it reminds her when her parents got divorced. It mainly reminds me of Amy for many reasons.
    1. "Planted a seed that grew through the reeds", when Amy met me when I was born (She's about 7 years older then me.
    2. "Summer, winters, through snowy Decembers" this reminds me of the time we spent together.
    3. "Missing out the lives that they once had before" this is how I missed out on my old life and how I have changed from this experience.

    My friend thinks of it for different reasons, but generally, a tragedy that has changed people.



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    anonymous
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    May 13th, 2015 5:46pm report


    I think that this song is mainly about a man and woman who married and decided to have a child (planted a seed) Summers and Winter and a snowy December passed all was going well, but then the child disappeared after birth, or disappeared years down the road.
    The couple dreamed of the willow (the child) as they waited patiently for the child to be born. They would whisper into the woman's stomach to the baby. They are wishing their life's that they one had before, with the child.
    In the chorus, it is saying their commitment to the child and what they would do to have the child back. They are, in a way asking the child to come back and grieving about the disappearance.
    Towards the end of the song it talks about how the man and woman will be happy again. The mishaps of the child will turn into sunny Decembers. The lovers will be able to find their willow, referring to their search and how they will hopefully someday still find the child.
    When it talks about the last day, it is saying how the last day with the child was the most important. They want the child to come back so they can hold him/her.




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