En 1927, The Carter Family enregistre son premier disque, avec Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow Tree, une vieille chanson du folklore des Appalaches – sur laquelle A.P. Carter inscrivit d’emblée un copyright à son nom.

Quelque 37 ans plus tard, Woody Guthrie enregistrait à son tour une version de cette chanson, en duo avec Cisco Houston. Bien sûr, il modifiait légèrement la musique et assez largement le texte, et lui donnait même un autre titre, Bury Me Beneeth The Willow. Mais c’est bien la même chanson, avec toujours ce même processus d’évolution créatrice, typique du folklore, où le copyright importe peu.


BURY ME UNDER THE WEEPING WILLOW TREE

Oh, bury me under the weeping willow
Yes, under the weeping willow tree
So he may know where I am sleeping
And perhaps he will weep for me

They told me that he did not love me
I could not believe it was true
Until an angel softly whispered
He has proven untrue to you

Oh, bury me under the weeping willow
Yes, under the weeping willow tree
So he may know where I am sleeping
And perhaps he will weep for me

Tomorrow was our wedding day
But, Lord, oh, where is he
He’s gone to seek him another bride
And he cares no more for me

Oh, bury me under the weeping willow
Yes, under the weeping willow tree
So he may know where I am sleeping
And perhaps he will weep for me

Oh, bury me under the violets blue
To prove my love to him
Tell him that I would die to save him
For his love I never could win

Oh, bury me under the weeping willow
Yes, under the weeping willow tree
So he may know where I am sleeping
And perhaps he will weep for me