The Water is Wide

The water is wide
I cannot cross over
And neither have
I wings to fly
Give 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 laden deep
As deep can be
But not as deep
As the love I’m in
I know not if
I sink or swim

Oh 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

I leaned my back
Against an oak
Thinking it were a trusty tree
But first it bent and then it broke
Thus did my love
Prove false to me


Traditional Folk Song