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Bury Me Beneath the Willow banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style

    The Carter Family

    This version of Bury Me Beneath the Willow uses lots of slurs to imitate the vocal inflections. It's these types of nuances that make a great Scruggs style solo.

  • Scruggs Style-2

    The Carter Family

    Nothing too crazy here. Check out this arrangement in C to expand your fretboard knowledge. If a singer wants to sing this in C, we need to be ready!

  • Melodic Style

    The Carter Family

    A nice mixture of Scruggs and melodic with some great licks for you to learn! Try to bring out the melody notes as best as you can. Learning a verse can really help!

  • Backup

    The Carter Family

    This arrangement of Bury Me Beneath the Willow features classic Scruggs style forward roll backup licks. Many of these licks utilize the 5th string as an extra "color" note.


More about Bury Me Beneath the Willow

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.

Learn 4 different versions of Bury Me Beneath the Willow, which are all shown on this page. We recommend that you get started with the Scruggs style version, where you’ll learn basic roll pattern and left hand articulations like slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Next, move on to the Melodic arrangement to learn how to play the melody for Bury Me Beneath the Willow using scales and up the next positions. Lastly, you can check out the Backup arrangement, which shows you how to play behind others while they are soloing. There are many Scruggs, melodic and bluesy licks in these three banjo Bury Me Beneath the Willow tablatures, which can be used to personalize each arrangement into your liking. To change measure into different arrangement, just click on the "Original Measure" text above the measure and select a different lick. You can also click the "Shuffle licks" button at the bottom of the page to randomly change all of the licks in the tablature and create a wholly unique arrangement of this song. Be sure to check out all of the great learning tools that Tunefox has to offer such as "Hide Notes", "Memory Train", and "Speed Up". These tools can be found in the "Tools" menu at the bottom right of your screen. Want to learn some of Bury Me Beneath the Willow by ear? Use "Hide Notes" to hide some or all of the notes in the tablature. Once you’re finishe...d learning with the tab use the "Memory Train" tool to commit the song to memory. Then practice with "Speed Up" to improve your technique and speed in no time. Each arrangement of Bury Me Beneath the Willow for banjo features real-sounding backing tracks. Use these backing tracks to polish up the solo you’re working on. You can mix the banjo, band, and metronome up or down so that you have several options for your practice. When you’ve finished creating your arrangement of Bury Me Beneath the Willow, export your song arrangement to PDF file. This feature is for members of Tunefox, only.

Bury Me Beneath the Willow lyrics

My heart is sad and full of sorrow,
Weeping for the one I love.
When shall I see her, oh, no never,
'till we meet in Heaven above.


Bury me beneath the willow,
Under the weeping willow tree.
So she may know where I am sleeping,
And perhaps ...e's gone, she'­s gone to seek another,
She no longer cares for me.


She told me that she did not love me,
But I couldn't believe it true.
Until an angel softly whispered,
She no longer cares for you.


Place on my grave a snow-white Lilly,
For to prove my love was true.
To show the world I died of grieving,
For her love I could not win.