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Filler words, commonly used in ballad refrains. Willow has many melancholy associations including the famous "I'll hang my harp on a weeping willow tree," Desdemona's willow song, and the tale of that poor little tom-tit in The Mikado. Waly means "alas" or "well-a-day!"

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