James Taylor - The Water Is Wide Lyrics




The water is wide, I can't cross over, and neither have I wings to fly.
Build me a boat that can 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 flower when first it's new.
But love grows old and waxes cold and fades away like Summer 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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James Taylor The Water Is Wide Comments
  1. Regular Guy

    I dont know how those people in that audience are not shedding tears.

  2. fairterr

    Merry Christmas to all ,I am homesick for my North Carolina , but I have James and his music , I am blessed

  3. Michael Rauch

    My ex wife and my song (the JT version). I couldn't listen to this for a few years after we split.

  4. wyndalewonders

    I can't get enough of this tune.

  5. Cynthia VanVoorhis

    He is an amazing artist. have love JT for many many years.

  6. Martin Barman Music

    Such a wonderful song. I'm listening to it for more than 20 years now and it's still one of my favorite songs

  7. faizee sha

    unforgettable brings me back here

  8. Teresa Plew

    This is like salve on an open wound . So smooth and sweet sounding. It's the healing sound of one of the greatest in our time, to sooth our souls.

  9. Norm Santos

    magical.

  10. Cat M

    Love this, very powerful lyrics

  11. MyCrackpotTheories

    Beautiful song, and JT does it justice, but Mary Travers did it far better. https://youtu.be/zTEdhMwXiM4

  12. Math Person

    This is a classic 'folk' song. I've got Karla Bonoff on vinyl doing this song with JT singing harmony!

  13. Tom Pernal

    A national treasure.

  14. David Stutz

    Great job and I even accept his occasionally interjecting political beliefs that I don't agree with between songs.

  15. Tom Noonan

    Thank you

  16. Mariateresa Gaboardi

    Meraviglioso !

  17. flyinsquirrel48

    Ralph sent me

  18. Clyde Built

    🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  19. Clyde Built

    http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/play/24286 Gordeanna McCulloch of the Clutha singing this song at 18 years old.

  20. Matt Swift Acoustic Gigs

    This is my funeral song

  21. jean daniel jolivald

    Clarence Cooper and Marshall Brickman are the credited authors for this "traditional"

  22. Lg Mayes

    Build me a boat that will carry two...

  23. Sahpooja Karthikeya

    It’s actually.


    The water is wiiiiiiide
    I can not cross o’er
    And neither have iiiiiii
    The wings to-o flyyyy
    Build me a boooaaat
    That can carry twoooooo
    And both shall rowwww
    My true love and iiiiiii
    A boat there iiiissss
    And she’s laden (LADEN) deeep

  24. Philomena Wales

    I just love this song.......and of course James, best wishes and thanks for sharing......

  25. Numa Manu

    Magnific! I invit you discovering my french guitar-voice version of this song on my tube...

  26. OlymPigs2010

    ...they say friendship is a boat...that's big enough to carry two in fair weather.. but only one in foul !

  27. Louise Berry

    I never get sick of his amazing voice. Chills every time.

  28. GirlofNicky

    nice rendition of ancient scottish folk song

  29. animation me

    H!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Hector Lombardo

    I love this song! Even more this James versión!

  31. Cynthia VanVoorhis

    I just got goose bumps. I love this song. My favorite version is when James sings it.

  32. VLAD DIGBY

    Reminds me of tail's of dark waters and one will wait for you on the other side.

  33. The Gardners

    Our original arrangement and studio recording of this beautiful song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODrX72S9ls8

  34. Jimp way

    Beautifull ♡

  35. bill Jones

    this is a beautiful version of the old Scottish folk ballad carrickfergus. also sung by folk group Peter,Paul and Mary

  36. nick wright

    This is so beautiful. I really enjoy teaching this song to my guitar pupils. Please listen to " Angel the writers ". Thank you. https://youtu.be/tt42CKwruVk

  37. Dave Busby

    This song brings me to tears because it reminds my heart of the great love I have had with my bride these past 39 years.  Despite everything life brings us, as long as we can "row together", I could not be more in love. My cup truly runs over.

    Robin Gagan

    That's nice but I read that this song is about love dying

    Dave Busby

    @Robin Gagan It's been 40 years now. I'm still in love with an incredible woman, Robin. I hope you can experience a similar love.

    Joseph Stenhouse

    Thank you Dave. Very touching.

  38. Gamer Account

    This song is called o Wally wally

  39. Brian Clarke

    Absolutely stunning song by an equally stunning singer

  40. Taylor Nicole

    I sang this song modified in a way for my 7th grade concert a week ago

  41. jimincairns

    Fred Neil did it better.

  42. Terry Blanton

    So is your missing hairline!!!

  43. Imelda Hyde

    I need to listen to this at least every two days. Spirit music

  44. tess black

    Thank you James, you made my day today.

  45. Matteo Turella

    He's got talent

  46. VICTORMALONEY

    There have been many, many versions of this great classic. This is probably the 2nd best rendition, behind the Steeleye Span gem...

  47. Gus Jackson

    The Seekers version will give you chills too.

  48. jack999 Jones

    thank you Mr. Taylor!

  49. Alejandro Klein

    Beautiful, moving song. Long life to you, James Taylor

  50. Carol Britz

    beautiful

  51. Francis Kok

    love this song very much after watching the movie with the same title "the river wild" with Meryl Streep in the main role.. James Taylor was amazing and very sincere... Mary Traver(Peter,Paul&Mary) was awesome... both with beautiful, lovely voices..

  52. nat du 92

    Nul à chier de la merde

  53. Zoel Boy Herianto S

    The water is wide,
    I can't cross over,
    And neither have I wings to fly.
    Build me a boat
    That can 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 flower
    When first it's new.
    But love grows old
    And waxes cold
    And fades away like Summer 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.

  54. William Stritzinger

    This is a beautiful song should I get married I would sing this to my bride on the alter.

  55. Josie5100

    One of my favourites of this wonderful musician!

  56. Nancy Benefiel

    It's such a beautiful song and he sings it perfectly, no bling

  57. cazzozzo

    Alle fattorie nasce una bontà / robiola Osella, naturalità / un antico amore che arriva fresco a te / latte e sapore / alle fattorie

  58. Zelba Zee

    Beautiful...Perfect. thank you James Taylor

  59. Unique News

    James Taylor is Amazing

  60. 세계평화

    오늘처럼 비오는 날 더 가슴에 와 닿습니다~

  61. TheBlueskyson

    Bill and Hilary Clinton clapping at the end. That fiddle player camera was on is still with him today and doubles as backing vocalist

  62. andresusant

    "The Water Is Wide"

    The water is wide, I can't cross over, and neither have I wings to fly.
    Build me a boat that can 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 flower when first it's new.
    But love grows old and waxes cold and fades away like Summer 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.

  63. yosemite sam

    A great guy. Seen him in Glasgow a couple of years ago. He spent the interval sat on the edge of the stage just talking to people. I know he does this at his shows, a genuine person and a great talent.

  64. wise1

    He is the best of the best, everything that makes music wonderful.

  65. Pixel Productions

    Wow123⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️

  66. Diya Elizabeth

    Soo Ok...

    randomRAMIN XD

    I cry😥😥

  67. Frank Eriksen

    How can people dislike this? there might be something wrong in their heads.This is just great👍🏻

  68. Kyria Mystica

    JT is the best

  69. OrderDirect GRE2

    A future of real HOPE!!!

  70. OrderDirect GRE2

    Thanks for posting ...so sweet a song ... almost about my mom and dad - neither knew how to swim - but they paid thousands of dollars to install an awesome swimming pool for the family who visit- daughters, son, and many of their children. Now they are no longer together, mom is in alzheimers home and dad is not there. I pray that our God will reunite them again soon- as He promise - when His kingdom is restored on earth. .... luv to all... more recent update- my dad just died last week, but there is MUCH hope we will see him again.... John 5:25-28

  71. et tu

    he really has the most extraordinary voice

  72. nube oscura

    wow amazing
    from Italy

  73. OrderDirect GRE2

    Thankyou Richard-that is what keeps us going --HOPE

  74. Suzanne Beaumont

    Sweet pure love...sweet pure music...

  75. OrderDirect GRE2

    so sweet song ... almost about my mom and dad - neither knew how to swim - but paid thousands of dollars to install an awesome swimming pool for the family - daughters, son, and many of their children. now they are no longer together, mom is in alzheimers home and dad is not there. I pray that our God will reunited them again soon- as He promise - when His kingdom is restored on earth. .... luv to all...

    richard legate

    hi, s van bless you for all your life, may you have good times ahead.

  76. Phil Cody

    great song,by a great artist

  77. _ NiyahsWrld

    I have to sing this song for chorus but as a faster tempo...

  78. Darren Lovin

    Classic! I love his tone and style. Great song. Thx for posting!

  79. Autumn Giannette

    WOW amazing

  80. dontmindmeimonly12

    Jesus fucking Christ, he makes me cry every time with this. This man is amazing.

  81. Nigel 1958

    He inspires me to play guitar every day , thank you

  82. Liberty Grace

    i am singing this song in chiot

    Rich915

    Choir....

    Rich915

    @HALLOWEEN GIRL :>)

  83. Mark Kohl

    Great rendition James. Well done.

  84. TheKnittingSongbird

    Quite simply divine...

  85. Cathy Buchanan

    A song I've loved since I wand was a child, and he sang it so beautifully.

  86. John Frawley

    James Taylor is one of the most genuine and talented vocalists/musicians/songwriters to grace our stage in modern times. He's the real deal.

    Will Ritter

    I'd be honored if some fans of James Taylor's later compositions (late 80s & onward) would check out my acoustic piano & vocal covers of NEVER DIE YOUNG and THE FROZEN MAN on my channel. Real live acoustic with no editing. Thanks and please excuse the promo.

    Terry Blanton

    Well he certainly didn't write this old Scottish song, which was called Waly Waly when written in the 1600s. Every folk/Irish singer in the world has recorded this song for the past 100 years. My personal favorite is Orla Fallon, though Taylor did an outstanding job.

    penny miller

    Yes he is

    Mike Tesmer

    I never knew the history behind this song. I of course first heard it by James Taylor. It has very old roots and recorded by hundreds of people changing the name and lyrics. Mostly because the composer is unknown. However, any song that James Taylor does is beautiful.

  87. Aarti Joshi

    Amazing

  88. Kathy Sternes

    That is I grew up learning guitar from James Taylor. Just love his music forever! Seasoned musician - timeless in his music. Can't say the same for todays music.
    Thank you James for your inspiration and such wonderful wonderful music. Don't ever stop playing or singing and bringing us your wonderful music to listen to. Blessings.

  89. Kathy Sternes

    James Taylor - what can I say. I grew up learning from him. The best musician ever!

  90. Hermann Otto

    the use of the major 7 on the subdominant is absolute divine makes my tears well.

    Esther

    What time?

  91. penny miller

    Sounds the same as in 1970...Beautiful

  92. 5060northernmama

    popular cover tune http://www.hymnary.org/text/when_i_survey_the_wondrous_cross_watts

  93. Frank Drebin

    Nice. Not a patch on the Wolfe Tones however.

  94. Jean Lee

    Just re-edit again.


    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 flower when first it's new.
    But love grows old and waxes cold, and fades away like summer 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.

    Cryokine

    +Jean Lee I laughed at "deep as can be." It fits too well, although I have a dirty mind.

  95. dragon_ clover

    im singing this at sandy lake next month

  96. Silvia Spadon

    What concert is this? Thank you

  97. TristanandIsolt

    JT is so good. This one is up there with but not quite as good as the Runrig version with Bruce Guthro singing lead.

    duncancallum

    So true Tristanandisolt.

  98. Issi Brown

    I love this song so much and he just made it better

  99. VICTORMALONEY

    James Taylor & Steeleye Span own this song..