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The Water Is Wide

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new age aesthetics
folk influences
an overall meditative sound
acoustic sonority
use of a string ensemble
major key tonality
a good dose of acoustic guitar pickin'
acoustic rhythm guitars
solo strings
an instrumental arrangement

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rpruitt661
I've heard the melody sung with the words of Lord, Plant My Feet On Higher Ground, which is a religions song.
The song The Water Is Wide is absolutely beautiful!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
doke1899
The Kingston Trio introduced it to me first. What a great song. !
schmidthome1
If you know this is a classic folk melody paired with many beautiful texts over hundreds of years, thank a music teacher!
Isn't this "part of your world"? I might be wrong :)
This song is also played in the movie THÉ RIVER WILD.
Awesome
I recently sang that song in my high school choir, I really like the cello version, cello is one of the instruments I play.
Thank you to Claire-m for that research. I came here to see if anybody commented on that, and indeed I learned more than I came with!

My high school has sung it as The Gift of Love, but not while I was there. It was on one of the CDs. One of my favorite songs on that CD too.
claire-m
This sounds so familiar, and for good reason I discover at Wikipedia. It's a melody of uncertain origins - Scottish or English - dating back to the 1600's. The oldest titles include O Waly, Waly,The Water is Wide, and Child Ballad. 21st Century titles include When I Surveyed The Wondrous Cross, When God Almighty Came to Earth, and The Gift of Love.
In our catholic church we sing One bread, one body to this music..love it
will.howery
who wrote this song
d_m_monroe
Love this song! I sang this song with my choir in college and it was called the gift of love!!!

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