BANKS OF THE OHIO
I asked my love, to take a walk.
Take a walk a little way.
And as we walked, and as we talked.
A E A
Of when would be our wedding day.
And only say, that you'll be mine.
In no other's arms entwine.
Down beside, where the waters flow.
A E A
Down by the banks of the Ohio.
I asked her if, she'd marry me.
And my bride forever be.
She only turned, her head away.
And had no other words to say.
I plunged a knife, into her breast.
And told her she was going to rest.
She cried oh Willie, don't murder me.
I'm not perpared for eternity.
I took her by, her golden curls.
And took her down to the riverside.
There I pushed, her in to drown.
And watched her as she floated down.
I started home, between twelve and one.
And cried oh Lord what have I done.
I've killed the only, girl I love.
Because she would not marry me.