The Water is Wide


1. The water is wide, I cannot cross o’er,
And neither have I the wings to fly.
Build me a boat that can carry two,
And both shall row,
My true love and I.

2. A ship there is and she sails the seas.
She’s laden deep, as deep can be;
But not so deep as the love I’m in
And I know not if I sink or swim.

3. I leaned my back up against a young oak
Thinking he were a trusty tree
But first he bended and then he broke
Thus did my love prove false to me.

4. O love is handsome and love is fine
Bright as a jewel when first it’s new
But love grows old and waxes cold
And fades away like the morning dew.

This would be a good piece for your Choir to sing.

See also

Extras for Plus Members

  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen

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