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Audio Samples

The Water is Wide (O Waly, Waly)

This traditional song has roots in the British Isles and was popularized by Pete Seeger during the folk music revival. It has been arranged and performed countless times, by classical, country, pop, and rock musicians. I have played this piece for wedding ceremonies and church services, and as background music for parties and receptions.

This piece can be played on pedal harp or lever harp.


Lyrics

The water is wide, I cannot get o'er
Neither have I wings to fly
Give me a boat that can carry two
And both shall cross my true love and I

I lean'd my back against an oak
Thinking it was a mighty tree
But first it bent and then it broke
So did my love prove false to me

I put my hand in some soft bush
Thinking the sweetest flow'are to find
I prick'd my finger to the bone
And left the sweetest flow'are behind

O love is handsome and love is kind
Gay as a jewel when it is new
But love grows old and waxes cold
And fades away like the morning dew

The water is wide, I cannot get o'er
Neither have I wings to fly
Give me a boat that can carry two
And both shall cross my true love and I

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