A Love Song With A Boat In It and new prompt: A Very Random Challenge ~ Love Is In Da Blog 2022.

Today Bee has charged us with the prompt of a love song with a boat in it! Well another one for us all to get our thinking caps on.

Well I have chosen an old Scottish folk song but song by a more contemporary singer, James Taylor.

The Water Is Wide” (also called “O Waly, Waly” or simply “Waly, Waly“) is a folk song of Scottish origin. It remains popular in the 21st century. Cecil Sharp published the song in Folk Songs From Somerset (1906). Water Is Wide” (also called “O Waly, Waly” or simply “Waly, Waly“) is a folk song of Scottish origin. It remains popular in the 21st century. Cecil Sharp published the song in Folk Songs From Somerset (1906) but it is much older .

The imagery of the lyrics describes the challenges of love: “Love is handsome, love is kind” during the novel honeymoon phase of any relationship. However, as time progresses, “love grows old, and waxes cold.” Even true love, the lyrics say, can “fade away like morning dew.”

The modern lyric for “The Water Is Wide” was consolidated and named by Cecil Sharp in 1906 from multiple older sources in southern England, following English lyrics with very different stories and styles but the same meter. Earlier sources were frequently published as broadsheets without music. Performers or publishers would insert, remove, and adapt verses from one piece to another: floating verses are also characteristic of hymns and blues verses. Lyrics from different sources could be used with different melodies of the same metre. Consequently, each verse in the modern song may not have been originally composed in the context of its surrounding verses nor be consistent in theme.

Information from Wiki

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Here is a more traditional version by Orla Fallon.

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