The Water of Tyne [original setting]

  • for high voice and piano

  • Duration 3'


traditional English

commissioned by Lyn Parkyns, soprano, 1996

Please note, this is a song with original music by Paul Ayres, which uses the words from the folksong. If you're looking for an arrangement of the folk tune, then please click here.


I cannot get to my love if I would dee
The water of Tyne runs between him and me
And here I must stand with a tear in my e'e
Both sighing and sickly my sweetheart to see

O where is the boatman, my bonny hinny
O where is the boatman, bring him to me
To ferry me over the Tyne to my honey
And I will remember the boatman and thee

Oh bring me a boatman, I'll give any money
And you for your trouble rewarded shall be
To ferry me over the Tyne to my honey
Or scull him across that rough river to me