Contessa of the Willows Lyrics, song by Entrance Way

About Contessa of the Willows

The singer explores the stressed relationship he has with a woman who constantly seeks to find sadness in her otherwise happy circumstances. He loves her greatly, but wants her to see her proclivity for unhappiness flows from imaginary sources, as he attempts to show her his love can overcome her sadness.

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Contessa of the Willows Lyrics

(Stafford/Kelley 2016)
Verse 1
Fourteen thieves broke into your heart,
stole your peace, and made off with it all,
you love best, child, what loves you apart.
Love is only a tragic close call.

Chorus
Oh, my Countessa
of the Willows,
you lay your head
upon my pillows,

Oh, my Countessa
of the Willows,
like you’re submitting
to our gallows.

Verse 2
You want to learn how to raise your hand,
wave it back and forth, say, “Well, here I am!”
But then, child, I could never quite understand,
you pull it right back down, and just say, “Damn!”

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Chorus
Oh, my Countessa
of the Willows,
most souls mimic
the arc of these willows,

Oh, my Countessa
of the Willows
as they bend far
into the shallows.

Verse 3
Fourteen thieves, fourteen pieces of you;
under your breast, child, there’s a throbbing ache . . .
all that you do, you quickly undo,
all that you make, you’ll soon want to break.

Chorus
Oh, my Countessa
of the Willows,
why have you allowed
your lands to go fallow?

Oh, my Countessa
of the Willows
how can I bring you
to just let it go?

Verse 4
Sad people tend to look at themselves,
and dwell upon all of their failings.
Strong people, child, see the good in themselves;
you need to see good traits, not your railings.

Bridge
You need the slave
in your chariot,
who whispers to you,
“Always remember
you are human too!”

You need love,
you need love, love, love,
here in the land
where you can never, never, belong.

Instrumental

Chorus
Oh, my Countessa
of the Willows,
the winds, like
smoke, they stream and billow,

Oh, my Countessa
of the Willows,
pushing us both,
oh,
to the gallows.

 

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