The Water is Wide

Published by Oxford University Press  
SSA/piano:  Catalog # 0-19-386733-8
SABar/piano:  Catalog #0-19-386852-7
 

Traditional folk text in English
Difficulty rating (1-5): 2




 
 listen to The Water is Wide

P
erformed by the Concert Choir of the Fort Wayne Children's Choir,
Recorded live Nov 16, 2003


Premiered by Vox Caelestis Womenís Chorus, directed by Paul Carey.

Traditional folk tunes are fun to arrange -- deciding how much of the tradition to keep and where to veer in new directions. I remember having two sources at the piano as I arranged this piece, and they both diverged slightly from the melody that most people know for this song. The piece was a conscious attempt to write simply yet elegantly for two part treble choir, so that all different ability and age groups could do the piece. The Fort Wayne Childrenís Choir led by Fred Meads has especially excelled in singing beautiful long legato lines in their performances of this piece. 

Oxford has also just (early 2007) released an SABar version that is suitable for Middle School and up.
 


TEXT

The water is wide, I canít cross oíer
And neither have I wings to fly,
Give me a boat that can carry two,
And both shall row, my love and I.
A ship there is and she sails the sea,
Sheís loaded deep, as deep can be,
But not as deep as the love Iím in,
I know not how I sink or swim.
I leaned my back against an oak,
Knowing it was a trusty tree.
At first it bent, but never broke,
Thus did my love prove true to me.
 
Where love is planted, O there it grows,  / O love is handsome, O love is fine
It grows and blossoms like a rose.          / Gay as a jewel when first itís new.
It has a sweet and pleasant smell,         / And love grows old, and ever bold,
No flower on earth can it excel.             / And shines as bright as morning dew.
The water is wide, I canít cross oíer,
And neither have I wings to fly.
Give me a boat that can carry two,
And both shall row, my love and I.
 
 


 
 

  

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