Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Water Is Wide

This song has been heavy on my mind today. It has literally wrapped itself around me and I cannot seem to shake it.

The song talks about the challenges of love that most have faced -- or are facing -- and sadly, it reminds us that even true love can 'fade away like morning dew.'

The Water Is Wide is thought to be an english or scottish folk song that's been sung since the 1600's. There have been many different verses written, but nothing has moved me quite like this version by the icon James Taylor.

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The water is wide, I can't cross over
and neither have I wings to fly
Build me a boat, that will 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 jewel when first its new
but love grows old and waxes cold
And fades away like morning 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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