"Banks of Ohio" as written by Pd Traditional and J Baird....
I asked my love to take a walk,
To take a walk, just a little walk,
Down beside where the waters flow,
Down by the banks of the Ohio

And only say that you'll be mine
In no others arms entwine,
Down beside where the waters flow,
Down by the banks of the Ohio

I held a knife against her breast,
And into my arms she pressed,
She cried, "Oh Willie, don't murder me
I'm not prepared for eternity."

And only say that you'll be mine
In no others' arms entwine
Down beside where the waters flow
Down by the banks of Ohio

I started home 'tween twelve and one
I cried, "My God, what have I done?
I've killed the only woman I loved,
Because she would not be my bride,"

And only say that you'll be mine
In no others' arms entwine
Down beside where the waters flow
Down by the banks of Ohio


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"The Banks of the Ohio" as written by Pd Traditional J Baird

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    General CommentThis song is so chilling, it's about a guy who kills a girl becasue she won't marry him. Based upon a british murder balad, a lot of other songs are similar to this too.
    bjorton January 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAnybody tell me what does "I started home 'twixt twelve and one" line mean
    vphion September 13, 2009   Link
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    General Commentvphi, the line means I headed home between the hours of twelve and one o'clock.
    asSTARSfallxon February 20, 2011   Link

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