Henrik Norbeck's Song Lyrics

Water Is Wide, The

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The water is wide, and I can't swim 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 to sink or swim.

I leaned my back against an oak,
Thinking it was the strongest tree,
But first it bent and then it broke,
And that's the way love treated me.

For love is handsome and love is fine,
The sweetest flower that ever grew, *
But love grows old and waxes cold,
And fades away like summer dew.

When salt sea turns far inland,
And mussels grow on every tree,
When cockle shells make Christmas bells,
Then would I lose my love for thee.

* or: And love's a jewel, when first it's new,

Discography: Humdingers
Niamh Parsons

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