Karen Matheson is a folk singer. Born in 1963, his songs are mainly written on Scottish Gaelic language. In 2005 she released the album Downriver, acoustic and carefully weaved.

I Will Not Wear the Willow, by his own words, “is written in the style of a murder ballad that perhaps could have been written 200 years ago, though what is not so traditional is that it’s written from a female perspective.”

I will not wear the willow
Though my love is gone
There’s a cool corner of the pillow
I will lay my head on
I will lay my head on

I will not grieve in sorrow
For what has come to pass
Turn my thoughts to tomorrow
I will not cast the glass
Will not cast the glass

I will not tremble
With the women in black
He’s gone to the devil
He won’t be coming back

Some say he took the shilling
Some say he took to the sea
Some said there was a killing
And the killer was he
The killer was he

I will not wear the willow
Will not lower my eyes
Though it’s not on my pillow
I know where he lies
I know where he lies

I will not tremble
With the women in black
He’s gone to the devil
He won’t be coming back

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