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This is one of the most beautiful songs in the Irish repertoire - hear various artists sing this song. I recorded this song myself and it is one the Sailor Songs CD and below on You Tube.

The Water Is Wide

G                   Em                         G
The water is wide, I can't cross over   

                   Em        Am         D
And neither have  I wings to fly         

                 G                            Em
Give me a boat that can carry two                 

                              G     C                    G
And we both shall row,    my love and I

G                         Em                 G
My love is gentle,    and love is kind            

                       Em               Am      G
The sweetest flower when first it blooms                

                         G                     Em
But love grows old and waxes cold           

                    G    C                      G
And fades away     like morning dew

                 G            Em           G
There is a ship that sails the sea             

                      Em         Am          D
She's loaded deep as deep can be          

                  G                              Em
But not as deep as the love I’m in          

                   G   C                 G 
I know not how   to sink or swim