“The Ocean is Wide”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1926
Keywords: love playparty nonballad
Found in: US(So)


"The ocean is wide an' you cain't step over it, I love you true, an' you cain't help it." "Sure as the grass grows round the stump, You're my darlin' sugar lump." "The ocean is wide, an' you cain't jump it, If your folks don't like it, they can lump it."


  1. Randolph 580, "The Ocean Is Wide" (1 text)
  2. MHenry-Appalachians, p. 238, (no title) (1 short text, "The ocean is wide, The sea is deep, And in your arms I love to sleep." The form looks different from Randolph's, but with only three lines and a similar theme, I don't see how to split them)
  3. Roud #7669
  4. BI, R580