Down On The Banks Of The Ohio

Trad (Laws F5)
Recorded by The Blue Sky Boys (Earl and Bill Bolick) Charlotte, Jun 16, 1936
Released on the posthumous Vol. 4 of Harry Smith's Anthology of American Music
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem

Sheet music version (pdf format)

A rather slow version, relishing in the sweet clashes resulting from the "hang" of the melody line (see pdf file).


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                                                                          Come
        C                 G
Come my love let's take a walk
       G7           C
Just a little ways away
         C                F
while we walk along we'll talk
      C        G       C
Talk about our wedding day
Only say that you'll be mine
and in our home we'll happy be
down beside where the waters flow
Down on the banks of the Ohio
I drew my knife across her throat
And to my breast she gently pressed 
Oh please oh please don't murder me
for I'm unprepared to die you see

I takin' her 'bout her lily white hand
I led her down in the banks of sand
There I plunged her in to drown
And watched her as she floated down

Returning home 'tween twelve and one
Thinkin' of the deed I done
I murdered the girl I loved, you see,
'cause she would not marry me.
Only say that you'll be mine
and in our home we'll happy be
down beside where the waters flow
Down on the banks of the Ohio
Next day as I's returning home
I met the sheriff standing in the door
He said: "Young man come with me and go
Down to the banks of the Ohio."
Only say that you'll be mine
and in our home we'll happy be
down beside where the waters flow
Down on the banks of the Ohio