"The Water Is Wide" as written by Jean-paul Cabrieres and Traditional,....
The water is wide
I can't cross over
And neither have
I wings to fly
Build me a boat
That can carry two
And both shall row
My love and I

There is a ship
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 how
I sink or swim

Oh love is handsome
And love is fine
The sweetest flower
When first it's new
But love grows old
And waxes cold
And fades away
Like Summer dew

Build me a boat
That can carry two
And both shall row
My love and I
And both shall row
My love and I

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    General CommentMost beautiful song ever written. Aaron, please come back to me so we can play this at our wedding. Iloveyou still and always
    madonnalmson November 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI just lost the girl I hope to marry, too. This song is wonderful, and I hope you get to hear it at your wedding someday madonnalms.
    ctdunstanon November 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song, while great as performed by James Taylor, was not written by James Taylor. It's an old Scottish traditional. Many people have performed this song, its lyrics evolving over time.
    MyWordson March 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYa know what's really ironic, guys? The whole version shows that it's about a *false* lover. THe guy goes away, and doesn't come back.
    One of my favorites, but not something you'd want to play at a wedding...
    emilieheidelon February 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song was actually my childhood lullabye, so it touches a special place in my heart. It is really such a beautiful sentiment about love, any kind of love.
    diggerjocon March 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazing. My mum cries everytime she listens to it.. she even said that she wants this song at her funneral... bit too early to be planning but anyway...
    mimi1249876on June 02, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI believe this song is suggesting that "distance makes the heart grow fonder" is a myth. That over time love fades away. I believe the singer is in another land awaiting the promised arrival of his/her sweetheart.

    The singer suggests they fear the distance between them will cause a loss of feeling on the part of their love and wishes for a boat to cross the water and be reunited.
    altruman2000on June 14, 2015   Link

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