False Love  (Waly Waly, Must I Go Bound or The Water is Wide)

Words and Music by :  

Recorded by Harry Belafonte:
Recording date: March 3, 1967
Playing time: 4:44
LP : LSP3779, CL42956, VPS-6024, PJL2-8121, 65198,
Tape: TP3-5032
CD: ND89195, PD89796, 796961, 82876-69242-2

Also recorded by:
Burl Ives DL8080, DL8247,
The Phoenix Singers WB1522
Kingston Trio    
King's Singers    
Odetta FLC5007, LSP2792,  
Pete Seeger FWX-52321    
James Taylor    
Marty Black    
The Seekers 8146392,


The river is wide, I can't get o'er
Nor do I have like wings to fly
Give me a boat that can carry two,
And both shall cross my love and I

Oh waly, waly, up the bank
And waly, waly down the braes,
And waly, waly by yon burnside
Where me and my love was wont to go

I leaned my back against an oak
Thinking it was a trusty tree,
But first it bent and then it broke,
And so did my love prove false to me

I put my hand in some soft bush
Thinking the sweetest flower to find
I pricked my finger to the bone
And left the sweetest flower behind

Oh, love is handsome, love is kind
Gay as a jewel when first it's  new
But love grows old and waxes cold,
And fades away like morning dew