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Banks Of The Ohio

Song Author Maybelle Carter Performer: Johnny Cash Submitted by: Anonymous

[G]I asked my love to take a [D7]walk   
Take a walk just a little [G]way  
And as we walked [G7]along we [C]talked
Of when would [G]be [D7]our wedding-[G]day  

And only say that you'll be [D7]mine   
In no others arms en[G]twined
Down beside where [G7]the waters [C]flow
Down by the [G]banks [D7]of the [G]Ohio

I asked her if she'd marry [D7]me   
And my wife forever [G]be  
She only turned [G7]her head [C]away
And had no [G]other [D7]words to [G]say  

And only say that you'll be [D7]mine   
In no others arms en[G]twined
Down beside where [G7]the waters [C]flow
Down by the [G]banks [D7]of the [G]Ohio

I plunged a knife into her [D7]breast
And told her she was going to [G]rest
She cried oh Willy [G7]don't murder [C]me  
I'm not pre[G]pared [D7]for eterni[G]ty  

I took her by her golden [D7]curls
And drug her down to the river-[G]side
And I there threw [G7]her in to [C]drown
And I watched her [G]as [D7]she floated [G]down

And only say that you'll be [D7]mine   
In no others arms en[G]twined
Down beside where [G7]the waters [C]flow
Down by the [G]banks [D7]of the [G]Ohio

And going home between twelve and [D7]one   
I cried oh Lord what have I've [G]done
I've killed the only [G7]girl I [C]love

Because she [G]would [D7]not marry [G]me  

And only say that you'll be [D7]mine   
In no others arms en[G]twined
Down beside where [G7]the waters [C]flow
Down by the [G]banks [D7]of the [G]Ohio


I asked my love to take a walk
Take a walk just a little way
And as we walked along we talked
Of when 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 I there threw her in to 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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