The Water Is Wide
Traditional, arranged by Tom Chapin
2009 The Last Music Co. (ASCAP)

The water is wide and I can't cross over.
Neither have I bright wings to fly.
Build me a boat that can carry two
And both shall row, my love and I.

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

The water is wide and I can't cross over.
Neither have I bright wings to fly.
Build me a boat that can carry two
And both shall row, my love and I.

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

The water is wide and I can't cross over.
Neither have I bright wings to fly.
Build me a boat that can carry two
And both shall row, my love and I.

Oh love is gentle and love is kind.
The sweetest flower that e'er I knew.
But love grows old and waxes cold
And fades away, like the morning dew.

The water is wide and I can't cross over.
Neither have I bright wings to fly.
Build me a boat that can carry two
And both shall row, my love and I.
And both shall row, my love and I.


This song appears on Tom Chapin's Let The Bad Times Roll CD.

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