Hear this sweet cover of Nic Jones “Annan Water”

Ben Filmer-Sankey on lead vocals and guitar.

Irene Carter on backing vocals and harmonium.


Oh Annan Waters wondrous deep,

And my love Annie’s wondrous bonny.

I’m loathe that she should wet her feet,

because I love her best of any.

Go saddle for me the bonny grey mare.

Go saddle her soon and make her ready.

For I must cross that stream tonight,

Or never more I’ll see my lady.


And woe betide you Annan Water

At night you are a gloomy river

And over you I’ll build a bridge

The never more true love may sever

Oh Boatman come put off your boat

Put off your boat for Gold and money

For I must cross that stream tonight

Or never more I’ll see my Annie

The sides are steep, the water’s deep

From bank to brae the waters pouring

And your bonny grey mare she sweats for fear

She stands to hear the waters’ roaring


And he has tried to swim that stream

And he swam on both strong and steady

But the river was broad and strength did fail

And he never saw his bonny lady

Oh woe betide the willow wand

Oh woe betide the bush of briar

For it broke beneath her true love’s hands

When strength did fail and limbs did tire

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