Banks of the Ohio Johnny Cash
'Banks of The Ohio' (Trad.)
Recorded by Johnny Cash, to be found on 'American Recordings Unearthed'
originally recorded by Billie and Charlie Monroe in 1936.
Words sung by Mr Cash somewhat different from Monroe's.
Anyway, my favourite johnny song.
I asked my [G]love, to take a [D]walk
Take a walk, just a li[G]ttle ways,
And as we walked, along we [C]talked
Of when would [G]be, [D] our wedding [G]day.
And only [G]say, that you'll be [D]mine,
In no o thers arms entwi[G]ned,
Down beside where the waters [C]flow,
Down by the [G]banks[D] of the Ohi[G]o.
I asked her [G]if she'd marry [D]me,
And my wife forever [G]be,
She only turned her head a[C]way
And had no [G]oth[D]er words to [G]say.
I plunged a [G]knife into her [D]breast,
And told her she was going to [G]rest,
She cried 'Oh Willie, don't murder [C]me,
I'm not [G]prepared[D] for eternit[G]y.'
verse 4 :
I took her [G]by her golden [D]curls,
And drug her down to the river[G]side,
And there I pushed her into [C]drown,
And I watched her [G]as[D] she floated [G]down.
Verse 5 :
And going [G]home between twelve and [D]one,
And cried 'Oh Lord, What have I [G]done,
I've killed the only girl I [C]love,
Because she [G]would[D] not marry [G]me.