"The Banks of the Ohio" as written by Pd Traditional and J Baird....
I asked my love to take a walk
Take a walk just a little ways
And as we walked, along we talk
All would be our wedding day

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

I asked her if she'd marry me
And my wife forever be
She only turned her head away
And had no other words to say

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

I plunged a knife into her breast
And told her she was going to rest
She cried "Oh Willy, don't murder me
I'm not prepared for eternity"

I took her by her golden curls
And drug her down to the river side
And there I threw her into drown
And I watched her as she floated down

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

And going home between twelve and one
I cried "Oh Lord, what have I've done?"
I've killed the only girl I love
Because she would not marry me

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



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"The Banks of the Ohio" as written by Joan Baez

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    General Commentguves me the chills, but johnny cash is so good at drawing emotions from his listeners
    Event_Horizonon October 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSo surprising as the song takes its dark twist. Suzy Bogguss has recorded this now as well as her version is beautifully done, though surprising to hear the lyrics sung by a woman.
    valjeangon August 10, 2014   Link

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