This is from the movie “Far From the Madding Crowd”. I thought the song beautifully sad. I love these traditional songs.
Here are two versions of the words to look over. The first version is what you hear in the clip. The second explains the song and gives what might be the original words.
When I heard this song I did not know the words and I thought thyme was time. It made sense to me to let no man “steal my time” as in not letting any man waste my time because it is too precious. Keep my time for the right man, the one who will love me.
I felt the willow tree was the sadness that came of a wrong choice, a man who took advantage.
Now I know what the song was supposed to say and it helps me to understand better the original meaning…
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