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This is my own arrangement in an open tuning known as DADGAD. In the performance (which is far from perfect), I use various advanced fingerstyle techniques including harmonics, two-hand tapping and a few tricks of my own. It is quite different than any other renditions of this song. Please post your comments.

Though the composer and exact origin of this song are unknown, it is claimed by the English, Irish and Scottish traditions. It is thought to have been first published in 1724 under the title "O' Waly Waly" and expresses the idea that love is not always what it seems to be.

It became known as "The Water is Wide" sometime during the 19th century when it was brought to America. The song experienced a revival of popularity among folk singers of the 1960s. The tune was also used extensively in the 1994 film "The River Wild."

This traditional song has been recorded/performed by many famous artists, including:
- Bob Dylan and Joan Baez
- Indigo Girls, Jewel and Sarah McLachlan
- James Taylor
- Roger McGuinn
- Pete Seeger
- many others...

Watch my performance video of this song at:


from RLSguitar Performance Video Soundtracks - 2006​-​2008, track released December 17, 2006


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RLSguitar is a progressive ambient rock music project of guitarist-songwriter Robert Len Stallard. He likes to calls it "alpha music" since he seeks to stimulate your alpha brainwaves, transporting you to a dreamy, meditative state. It is music for soothing the mind, relaxing the body and nurturing the spirit, while contemplating God and Creation. For more info, visit www.RLSguitar.com. ... more

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