the water is wide lyrics – joan baez

the water is wide, i cannot get oer
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
she’s loaded deep as deep can be
but not so deep as the love i’m in
i know not if i sink or swim

i leaned my back against an oak
thinking it was a trusty tree
but first it bent and then it broke
so did my love prove false to me

i reached my finger into some soft bush
thinking the fairest flower to find
i pr*cked my finger to the bone
and left the fairest flower behind

oh love be handsome and love be kind
gay as a jewel when first it is new
but love grows old and waxes cold
and fades away like the morning dew

must i go bound while you go free
must i love a man who doesn’t love me
must i be born with so little art
as to love a man who’ll break my heart

when c*ckle sh*lls turn silver bells
then will my love come back to me
when roses bloom in winter’s gloom
then will my love return to me

/ joan baez lyrics