The Water Is Wide

This is an Irish folk song that has been around since the 1600s.  Its original title may have been O Waly, Waly.  It has been recorded countless times and its lyrics and title varies from artist to artest.

Album: Coming Home/Bill & Lin O'Connor and Larry Theiss; Rarities, B-Sides, and Slow Sad Waltzes/Cowboy Junkies; In Concert/Peter, Paul & Mary

There is a ship and she sails the sea
She's loaded deep as deep can be
But not as deep as the love I'm in
I know not if I sink or swim.

I leaned my back against an oak
Thinking it was a trusty tree
But first it bent and then it broke
Just as my love proved false to me.

O love is gentle and love is kind
The sweetest flower when first it's new
But love grows old and waxes cold
And fades away like the morning dew.

The water is wide, I cannot get o'er
Neither have I the wings to fly
Give me a boat that can carry two
And both shall row, my true love and I.