"Waters of Tyne" as written by and Jimmy/hartley Sting/nail....
I cannot get to my love if I would die;
For the water of Tyne runs between her and me
And here I must stand with a tear in my 'ee,
Both sighing and sickly, my sweetheart to see.

I cannot get to my love if I would die;
For the waters of Tyne run between her and me
And here I must stand with a tear in my 'ee,
Both sighing and sickly, my sweetheart to see.

Oh, where is the boatman, my bonny hinney?
Oh, where is the boatman? Bring him to me
To ferry me over the Tyne to my honey
And I will remember the boatman and thee.

Oh, bring me a boatman, I'll give any money
And you for your trouble rewarded shall be
To ferry me over the Tyne to my honey
Or scull her across the rough river to me


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"Waters of Tyne" as written by Jimmy Nail Dave Hartley

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    General CommentI think this is a traditional folk song--author unknown--sung by Sting with Jimmy Nail on Carnival, a compilation album released in 1997 to benefit the Rainforest.
    sillybunnyon July 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe River Tyne is formed by the North Tyne and the South Tyne. The two converge in Northumberland at a place called the Meeting of the Waters. The Tyne was a major route for the export of coal from the 13th century until the decline of the coalfields.


    If I die, I’ll never get to my love because we are separated by the river Tyne. I’m standing here sickly, sighing and crying. I’d like to see her.

    Where is the boatman, my pretty offspring of a male horse and a female donkey or ass? Can you bring him to me? I’d like him to ferry me over to my honey. I’ll remember the favor.

    I’ll pay if you’ll go and fetch the boatman so he can ferry me over to my darling. Hey wait!—Maybe someone can bring her across to me using a boat with oars.
    sillybunnyon August 24, 2006   Link

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