I am looking at a witch hazel

blooming in a garden.

Bright yellow flowers

in the middle of winter time.

And I tell my heart

‘Be strong like the witch hazel flower

and you will not be injured by

this dark and troubled time.’

Oh, I take myself along

to a place I know in winter,

and I look at that South sloping bank

all covered with ice.

And I tell my heart

‘It all will melt and

run down to the ocean.

And you will not be injured by

this dark and troubled time.’

I am looking at a witch hazel

blooming in a garden.

Bright yellow flowers

in the middle of winter time.

And I tell my heart

‘Be strong like the witch hazel flower

and you will not be injured by

this dark and troubled time.’

We must say goodbye to the ones we love.

We must say goodbye to many.

And we must say goodbye

in way too short a time.

And I tell my heart

‘Be strong like the witch hazel flower

and you will not be injured by

this dark and troubled time.’

I am looking at a witch hazel

blooming in a garden.

Bright yellow flowers

in the middle of winter time.

And I tell my heart

‘Be strong like the witch hazel flower

and you will not be injured by

this dark and troubled time.’

And you will not be injured by

this dark and troubled time.

Original composition by Tom Gala.

Rendition by Priscilla Herdman.