This song has a really sad background story. It tells a tale of a girl who wants to die and have herself buried under a weeping willow tree. Just to have her fiancé who broke her heart by cheating on her, come weep for her right there. it’s also known that the song was archived by a professor at the University of Missouri in 1906 who was in a club that collected old folk songs. The original singer of the song is not known, but a recording was done in 1924 by Henry Whitter and titled “The Weeping Willow”. But it was the carter family that made it popular with their ballad version in 1927. It’s not certain but their version might have been inspired by the Whitter’s version. And the group also had a remake of the song called “Answer to Weeping Willow”, in 1936. With the beautiful melody and nice tunes, there still hasn’t been anyone who can point to the source of the song. Which is common to mountain songs.