Dolly Parton Makes Colbert Cry With This Sad Song Her Mother Would Sing (Video)

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.

Tonight I’m sad, my heart is lonesome
For the only one I love
When shall I see her? Oh no, never
Till we meet in heaven above
So bary me beneath the willow
Under the weepin’ willow tree
So she will know where I am sleepin’
And perhaps she’ll weep for me
She told me that she dearly loved me
How could I believe it untrue?
Until an angel softly whispered
She could never care for you
So bury me beneath the willow
Under the weepin’ willow tree
So she will know where I am sleepin’
And perhaps she’ll weep for me
Tomorrow was to be our wedding
Oh god, oh god, where can she be?
She’s gone a-courtin’ with another
And no longer cares for me
So bury me beneath the willow
Under the weepin’ willow tree
So she will know where I am sleepin’
And perhaps she’ll weep for me
So she will know where I am sleepin’
And perhaps she’ll weep for me

Parton was on TV selling her new book, “Songteller: My Life in Lyrics.” She also has a holiday album out, “A Holly Dolly Christmas.”