When it's time from work to go, and in my boat I row
'Cross the muddy Ohio, when the evening light is falling
And I look towards Floyd's Knobs, where the afterglories glow
And I dream on two bright eyes with a merry mouth below
She's my beauteous Katerina, she's my joy and sorrow too
Though I know she is untrue, oh but I cannot live without her
For my heart's a boat in tow and I'd give the world to know
If she means to let me go as I sing the whole day through

Katerina, your lovely hair has more beauty, I declare
Than all the tresses there from Smoke Town to Oldham County
Be it black, red, gold, or brown, let them hang to lengths below
They mean not as much to me as a melting flake of snow
And her dance is like a gleam of the sunlight on the stream
And the screeching blue jays seem to form her name when screaming
But my heart is full of woe, for last night she made me go
And tears begin to flow as I sing the whole day through


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Ohio River Boat Song song meanings
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    My InterpretationA simple Americana image of a boat worker on the Ohio River. In the first verse knows his love has been unfaithful but sticks with her, like a boat in tow...Yet in the second verse she kicks him out. He says her hair means less to him than a melting flake of snow, but clearly he is in denial because his heart is still full of woe. Still he carries on, does his work, and appreciates the beauty of the muddy river.

    Oldham County is in the Louisville Area, while Floyd's Knob is on the Indiana side of the river.
    aristotelianon May 07, 2017   Link

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