Water of Tyne (The)

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WATER OF TYNE, THE. English, Air (6/8 time). England, Northumberland. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. This love ballad was printed about the year 1812 in a chapbook called "Newcastle Songster" [1] published by J. Marshall, Old Flesh Market, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear. The River Tyne marks the border between County Durham and County Northumberland for much of its course, in the northeast of England.

"View of Newcastle from the River Tyne, with shipping in the foreground"

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 the tear in my e'e,
Both sighing and sickly my sweetheart to see. ... [Bruce & Stokoe]

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Bruce & Stokoe (Northumbrian Minstrelsy), 1882; p. 89.

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