05 June 2009

English/Scottish Folk Song: The Water is Wide

"The Water Is Wide" (also called "O Waly, Waly") is thought to be an English or Scottish folk song that has been sung since the 1600s and has seen considerable popularity through to the 21st century. (Wikipedia)

This is probably one of the prettiest folk songs that exists. Here it is sung by a world famous New Zealander Hayley Westenra. In 2006, she joined Celtic Woman.

The water is wide, I cannot get over
And neither have I wings to fly
Give me a boat that will carry two
And both shall row, my love and I 

Where love is planted O there it grows
It grows and blossoms like a rose
It has a sweet and pleasant smell
No flower on Earth can it excel

The ship there is 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 if I sink or swim

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

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