Waly, Waly


Traditional Scottish ballad

"At times woven like a tapestry, other times in rich harmonic texture or simply in unison, this is a masterful setting of this long-time favorite Scottish ballad." — Santa Barbara Music Publishing


Item Voicing/Instrumentation Duration Price Audio View Score Quantity
SBMP 364 SSA, a cappella 2:50 $1.50 Santa Barbara Music Press
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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 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 pricked 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

The water is wide...