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The Waters of Tyne

This song is a Traditional.

This is a traditional song and therefore has no particular artist associated with it. It is believed to have originated in Northumberland.
I cannae get to my love if I would dee
The waters of Tyne run between him and me
And here I mun stand with a tear in my e'e
Baith sighing and sickly my sweetheart to see

Oh where is the boatman, my bonnie hinny?
Oh where is the boatman? Oh bring him to me
To ferry me o'er the Tyne to my honey
And I will remember the boatman and thee

Oh bring me a boatman, I'll gi'e all my moneym
And you for your trouble rewarded shall be
To ferry me o'er the Tyne to my honey
Or scull him across the rough river to me


Music by:

trad., fist published in Northumbrian Minstrelsy Wikipedia16, 1881

Lyrics by:

trad., first published in Bell's Rhymes of Northern Bards Wikipedia16, 1812


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