The Water Is Wide

Trad.
Performed by Bob Dylan and Joan Baez (8 times) during the first Rolling Thunder Tour (1975), and 3 times in 1989-90. Released on Live 1975 (2002)
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem

The tab is based on the version from Plymouth, Oct 1975


G

             G          C           G
The water is wide and I can't cross over
        Em              D
Neither have I wings to fly
[n.c.]     Bm                  C
Build me a boat that can carry two
               G  D            C G/b Am G (C/g G)
And both shall row my love and I.

There is a ship and it sails on the sea
Loaded deep as deep can be
But not as deep as the love I'm in
I know not if I sink or swim.

I leaned my back up against an oak
Thinkin' it was a trusty tree
But first it bent and then it broke
Just like my own false love to me.

Oh love is gentle, love is kind
Gay as a jewel when first it's new
But love grows old and waxes cold
And fades away like some morning dew.

The water is wide and I can't cross over
Neither have I wings to fly
Build me a boat that can carry two
And both shall row my love and I.