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The Water Is Wide


courtesy of - You can hear a sample of this song sung by Roger Chartier and Kate Sullivan. Hear it in full in just a few moments when you buy the download of the song or the "Sailing Away" CD from our Sea Shanty Store

G            Em                 G
The water is wide, I can't cross over
             Em              Am         D
And neither have  I have 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


The author of this website has put a lot of time and effort into gathering the greatest collection of sea shanties for the world to enjoy - There are songs that have been to sung to a job of work at sea for many, many years and collecting them has been a great endeavour. - Roger Chartier has made the effort out of his own interest and the requests that he has gotten to do this work from fellow musicians who wanted a good source of sea shanties to draw on and learn from. He has been told that for this effort he is a remarkable man.