"Knoxville Girl" as written by and Louvin/louvin....
I met a little girl in Knoxville
A town we all know well
And every Sunday evening
Out in her home I'd dwell
We decided to take an evening walk
About a mile from town
I picked a stick up off the ground
And I Beat That Fair Girl Down
She fell down on her bended knee for mercy she did cry
Oh willy dear, don't kill me here, I'm unprepared to die.
She never spoke another word, I only beat her more.
Until the ground around us, with all her blood did pour.
I took her by her golden curls and drug her round and round,
Throwing(ed) her into the river that flows through Knoxville town.
Go down, go down you Knoxville girl with dark and rolling eye.
Go down, go down you Knoxville girl, you can never be my bride.
I headed back to Knoxville, got there about midnight.
My mother she was worried and woke up in a fright.
I told my anxious mother I was bleeding out my nose.
I called for me a candle to light myself to bed.
I called for me a handkerchief to bind my aching head
Rolled and tumbled the whole night through as troubles was for me
Like flames of hell around my bed and in my eyes could see
They carried me down to Knoxville and put me in a cell
My friends all tried to get me out but none could go my bail
I'm here to waste my life away down in this dirty old jail.
Because I murdered that Knoxville girl,
The girl I loved so
Well...


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"Knoxville Girl" as written by Dando

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    General CommentI have heard this song since I was a child in the Sothern USA. Does anyone know its orgin of meaning. It seems he killed the girl for no reason, except some vague reference to "dark and rolling eye". Think it was originally a Wilburn Brothers song from the 40's.
    FordV8on March 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI have heard this song since I was a child in the Sothern USA. Does anyone know its orgin of meaning. It seems he killed the girl for no reason, except some vague reference to "dark and rolling eye". Think it was originally a Wilburn Brothers song from the 40's.
    FordV8on March 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is pretty similar to "banks of the Ohio", in which:
    '...I led her down the banks of sand,
    I plunged her in
    Where she would drown,
    An' watched her as she floated down.

    Returnin' home between twelve and one,
    Thinkin', Lord, what a deed I've done;
    I'd killed the girl
    I love, you see,
    Because she would not marry me.'
    dsarchson February 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is an reworked version of a classic bluegrass song - "Never Let the Devil Get the Upper Hand of You" by the Carter Family in 1937. It was made famous by the Louvin Brothers later in the 50s under "Knoxville Girl."

    The song itself is also reworked from a classic English "Street Song" called "Wexville Girl," or "The Berkshire Tragedy" from the 1800s.
    aurallyfiton July 16, 2009   Link

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