Willow, Willow (Desdemona’s Song)

Willow on the river in early autumn

Willow, Willow (Desdemona’s Song)

Sheet Music by Special Requests only

Performed by Ashley Marie Macdonald; Music by Michael Mikulin

The willow tree has always been associated with sadness, so it’s appropriate that the character of Desdemona sings a song about the willow, perhaps as a premonition of her impending doom. 

Verse 1
The poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree,
Sing all a green willow;
Her hand on her bosom, her head on her knee,
Sing willow, willow, willow

Verse 2
The fresh streams ran by her, and mumur’d
her moans

Her salt tears fell from her, & soften’d the stones;

Sing all a green willow must be my garland.
Let nobody blame him; his scorn I approve,
I call’d my love false love; but what said he then? If I If I If I court moe [more] women,
you’ll couch with moe [more] men. {PAUSE}

Sing willow, willow, willow {my add.}
Sing willow, willow, willow
Sing willow, willow, willow
Sing willow, willow, willow.

(4.3. 42-63)

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  1. Posted by Humphrey, at Reply

    Wow! What a great rendition of this classic song! It perfectly captures the macabre beauty of the narrative from the play

  2. Posted by sarah mokhtar, at Reply


  3. Posted by Tanner, at Reply

    This song was beautiful! I enjoy listening to it whil’st I read “Othello”! If I had a donation to make, it would be to this sight! Thank you so much for sharing this on your website!

  4. Posted by Heeshin Kim, at Reply

    Weeping willow is always my favorite.
    Shakespeare used rightly the willow in tragedy.
    The song is as beautiful as possible.

  5. Posted by John Inman, at Reply

    Do we,the people of the Bards time,he,have cause to lament?Even a caues to sleep in beds a’ water with skiens of willows and such-don’t go there.Did the audience of the Globe sing and buy the broadsides of this pavane?Indeed,and it needs be sung anew!”Let us sing a new song”said David.We can sing it with this worthy here’sotto voce’Like cures like!The Powder of Sympathy!

  6. Posted by Valerie Thomas, at Reply

    beautifully sang at the RSC Othello by Desdemona this year 2015. Joanna Vandderham sings it.

  7. Posted by Rainna, at Reply

    This song captures such beauty and love. It is moving. Shakespeare was a wonder with a pen. I have enjoyed this song as I studied more about his songs and poems.

  8. Posted by Trinity, at Reply

    I had to sing this song for a play I love this song so much

  9. Posted by Dina Cotton, at Reply

    Would like to be assured that the Opera
    Othello with all parts and English is available.
    Thank you,

  10. Posted by Lilly Carmen, at Reply

    Does anyone have some really interest analysis of this song?
    That is often disregarded?

  11. Posted by Sue, at Reply

    @Trinity Me, too, and my sentiments exactly!

  12. Posted by Hadi, at Reply

    How can i download it?

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