Guitar Music: “The Water Is Wide”

(To see more Guitar TAB transcriptions, click on Guitar Music in the Categories list!)

sixstr stories, as it says on the home page above the right hand corner of the close-up photo of my favorite guitar, is “Just another weblog.”

Last December, the nice folks at WordPress sent me an email titled “Your 2015 year in blogging.” It contained a personalized annual report detailing how sixstr stories did statistically in 2015. Using some very cool graphics, the report provided stats in six categories including “Crunchy numbers” (how many times my blog was viewed in 2015), “How did they find you?” and “Where did they come from?”

Under “Attractions in 2015,” I learned that the two posts that got the most views in the last year were: “Deep River Blues” (posted on April 7, 2013) and “Buck Dancer’s Choice – A Transcription” (posted on February 4, 2015).


Those are the only two posts in all of sixstr stories that contain a scanned reproduction of one of my handwritten transcriptions of a piece of fingerstyle guitar music.

Well, viewers, if you liked those transcriptions, here’s another!

On August 28, 2012, I wrote a post about the classic English Folk song, “The Water Is Wide.” After giving a brief history of the song, I included a link to the recording of my instrumental fingerstyle arrangement of “The Water Is Wide.” [I played it on the guitar pictured on my home page!]

Here again is that recording…

…and here is a transcription of my arrangement:

Scan 2


There you go!

Whenever I play “The Water Is Wide,” these are the lyrics that I hear in my head:

Verse 1) The water is wide, I can’t cross o’er, and neither have I wings to fly.

Give me a boat that can carry two and both shall row, my love and I.

Verse 2) There is a ship 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 how to sink or swim.”

If you’re a guitarist, I hope you’ll try out my arrangement. If you know a guitarist (or two) who would be interested, please share a link to this post.

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3 Responses to Guitar Music: “The Water Is Wide”

  1. Steve says:

    I love your arrangement!

  2. Roger says:

    Thanks! This is really enjoyable to play.

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