The Water is Wide is an English traditional song - centuries old. We have a number of versions on various CD's - including Maura O'Connell's, John Gorka's, Eva Cassidy's and Lucie Blue Tremblay's. Here are the Indigo Girls, Jewel, and Sarah McLachlan who sang it in concert at the Lilith Fair.
[Maura O'Connell's version from Just in Time. John Gorka's version from Where Have all the Flowers Gone: The Songs of Pete Seeger. Eva Cassidy's version from American Tune. Lucie Blue Tremblay's version from Tendresse.]