Bury us beneath the willow
Stephen Colbert is not just one of the great comedic minds and late-night TV hosts of our generation, he is also a very gentle soul.
On Tuesday’s “Late Show,” guest Dolly Parton made the CBS host cry with a few bars of old song “Bury Me Beneath the Willow,” a sad ditty her mom used to sing to the country-music legend.
And don’t you dare make a remark about Colbert’s soft side until you sit through it: Watch the video above.
“Bury Me Beneath the Willow,” written by Woody Guthrie, is about a bride who was left at the altar. The stood-up young woman killed herself.
Below are the sad, sad lyrics, courtesy of Musixmatch.
Parton was on TV selling her new book, “Songteller: My Life in Lyrics.” She also has a holiday album out, “A Holly Dolly Christmas.”
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