From the album The Gospel of Tree Bark

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Lyrics

The Water is Wide
Traditional / Anna Fritz

When my love was a boy
he learned the story
that his female frame
would tell to the world.
And it bent his mind
and it broke his heart
because my love,
he was not a girl.

The water is wide.
I cannot cross o’er
and neither have I
wings to fly.
Build me a boat
that will carry two
and both shall row,
my love and I.

And so began
my true love’s journey
to claim his body
for his own,
to find a way
to bend and to shape it,
to find a way
to call it home.

The water is wide.
I cannot cross o’er
and neither have I
wings to fly.
Build me a boat
that will carry two
and both shall row,
my love and I.

Now my love, he speaks
for those in the middle
and my love, he stands
for those who must cross.
And our lives build a light
that shines in the darkness.
You can follow it home
if you find yourself lost.

The water is wide.
I cannot cross o’er
and neither have I
wings to fly.
Build me a boat
that will carry two
and both shall row,
my love and I.