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Ballads and Songs
65
ON THE BANKS OF THE OHIO
Cf. Pound, No. 45,^4 ("The Old Shawnee") which was obtained from a
manuscript book in the possession of L. C. Wimberly, 1916; and also B
("On the Banks of the Old Pedee"), the same song, which was obtained from
Lillian Gear Boswell at Junction, Wyoming, 1915. Cf. also Brown, p. 11.
Obtained from Miss Cora Clark, Crossnore, Avery County, North Caro­lina, July 13, 1929.
1.1 asked my love to take a walk Just to be alone with me, And as we walked we'd have a talk About our wedding day to be.
Chorus Darling, say that you'll be mine In no other arms 1 you find Down beside dark waters flow On the banks of the Ohio.
2. I asked your mother for you, dear, And she said you were too young; Only say that you'll be mine; Happiness in my home you'll find.
Chorus
3. I drew a knife across her breast; In my arms she dearly pressed, Crying, "Oh, please don't murder me For I'm unprepared to die."
Chorus
4. I took her by her pale white hand, Led her to the river brink; There I threw her in to drown, Stood and watched her float on down.
Chorus
5. Going home between twelve and one, Thinking of the deed I'd done,
I murdered the only girl I loved Because she would not marry me. Chorus
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