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A psychoSONGanalysis by psychologist, Dr Bruce L. Thiessen, aka Dr BLT

Song: Weepin’ Widow
Artist: April Wine

Dr BLT cover of Weepin’ Widow

Weeping widow, don't you cry
Dressed in black, I don't know why
All the time that you've been waiting
You should feel like celebrating
How long should the grieving process last?  Well, it depends on the circumstances and it depends on the nature of the relationship between the person who is gone, and the person who is left behind to grieve.   The widow in this tale is told that it is time to let go.   

Traditionally, the stages of the grieving process are spoken of as a linear process involving denial followed by anger, followed by bargaining, followed by depression, followed by acceptance, the final resting place of grief.  But in reality, folks often move back and forth between stages, and may regress every now and then back into a denial stage.  

Perhaps the observer of the widow, as depicted in this song, is falling in love with the weeping widow and is frustrated by her lack of readiness to fall in love with him.  

In any case, grief can’t be rushed.  Yet April Wine, in their original rendition of the song, make a pretty compelling argument.  They accomplish it with passion.  The passion is apparent in the yearning, pleading vocals, in every beat of the drums, in the thundering drive of the bass, and in every strum and run of the guitars.

He'll make you free as a bird in the sky
Free as a bird in the sky
Perhaps the “he’ll” in this line really represents and “I’ll.”  Perhaps the person watching the weeping widow sees somebody who still has a lot of life left to live, and he is saddened by the fact that she has not been able to let go of her grief.  
Weeping widow, spend your leisure
In you castle full of pleasure
When his spirit comes to haunt you
In your chamber, he will taunt you
Her grief has become her prison, at least in the eye of the beholder who wants to set her free.  
He'll make you free as a bird in the sky
Free as a bird in the sky
Before a person can truly be free, that person has to become immersed in every aspect of the grieving process.  But at a certain point, it becomes necessary to let go and live once again.  If you go back and listen to April Wine’s original, I’m sure you’ll be convinced that such a time has come for the Weeping Widow.  The song was released back in the early '70s.  But it is a timeless treasure. 


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