You can listen to a YouTube of the recorded version of Joan Armatrading singing “Willow” here, but it does not permit embedding. However, it does include the link to Ms. Armatrading’s Web site and a link to buy the song on iTunes.
Willow by Joan ArmatradingI may not be your best But you know good ones Don’t come by the score If you’ve got something missing I’ll help you look You can be sure And if you want to be alone Or someone to share a laugh Whatever you want to do All you got to do is ask Thunder Don’t go under the sheets Lightning Under a tree In the rain and snow I’ll be your fireside Come running to me When things get out of hand Running to me When it’s more than you can stand I said I’m strong Straight Willing To be a shelter In a storm Your willow Oh willow When the sun is out A fight with your best girl Prettiest thing you ever saw You know I’ll listen Try to get a message to her And if it’s money you want Or trouble halved Whatever you want me to do All you got to do is ask I said I’m strong Straight Willing To be a shelter In a storm Your willow Oh willow When the sun is out
In the 1980’s and 90’s I think Margaret and I were able to see Joan Armatrading in concert almost every time she came to the Washington, D.C., area. I think the first concert we ever attended together was Joan Armatrading at the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Constitution Hall in D.C. in the fall of 1984 and I recall standing up with the audience and dancing — Margaret could still walk a bit then, so I think she stood up and danced, too.
I think the last time we saw Joan Armatrading she performed at Wolf Trap in Virginia. Her concert included her playing a tedious jazz guitar solo, like she wanted people to be impressed and take her more seriously because she could play the guitar as well as thousands of snobby studio musicians, neglecting the fact that NOT ONE other person in the world has a luminous voice like hers. I suspect envious narcissistic studio musicians did the same thing to end Joni Mitchell’s career as a singer by undermining her faith in the music that made her famous and convincing her that she could only be a serious musician if she turned to jazz.