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Waters of Tyne

01:44
Jennifer Culley Curtin
Traditional

Story

Words for this song were first published in 1793 with the first recorded tune written down in the 1880's.  It is the first song I ever sang for Frank Harte, he was very excited because it was new to him, so he made me sing it over and over again.  I think of him fondly when I sing it.

Lyrics

Waters of Tyne

I cannot get tae my love if I would dee

The waters of Tyne run between him and me

So here I must stand wi a tear in my ee

All sighin and sobbin, my true love to see

Oh where is the boatman, my bonny hinney

Oh where is the boatman, bring him to me

To ferry me over the Tyne to my hinney

Or skull him across the rough river to me

Oh where is the boatman I'll give any money

And you for your troubles rewarded shall be

If you'll carry me over the Tyne to my hinney

And I will remember the boatman and thee

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