The Water is Wide – James Taylor

“The Water Is Wide” (also called “O Waly, Waly”) is a folk song of English origin, based on lyrics that partly date to the 1600s

The water is wide, I can-not get o’er.

And neither have I wings to fly.

give me a boat that can carry two,

And both shall row, my love and I.

A ship there is and she sails the seas.

She’s laden deep, as deep can be;

But not as deep as the love I’m in

And I know not if I sink or swim.

I leaned my back up against an oak

Thinking it were a trusty tree

but first it bended and then it broke

Thus did my love prove false to me.

O love is sweet and love is kind

The sweetest flow’r when first it’s new

but love grows old and waxes cold

And fades away like the morning dew.

James Taylor – The Water Is Wide Lyrics

The water is wide,

I can’t cross over,

And neither have I wings to fly.

Build me a boat

That can carry two

And both shall row, my love and I.

There is a ship

And she sails the sea.

She’s loaded deep,

As deep can be.

But not so deep

As the love I’m in,

I know not how I sink or swim.

Oh love is handsome

And love is fine,

The sweetest flower

When first it’s new.

But love grows old

And waxes cold

And fades away like Summer dew.

Build me a boat

That can carry two

And both shall row, my love and I,

And both shall row, my love and I.

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