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Obtained from Miss Virginia Wilson, daughter of Mrs. Ewart Wilson, Pensacola, North Carolina, August, 1931.
1. He took her by her little hand,
Led her down where the waters flow. There he shoved her in to drown, Watched her as she floated down.
Chorus Only say that you'll be mine, Only say that any shall twine, Down beside where the waters flow On the banks of the Ohio.
2. He ran home crying: "What have 1 done? I have murdered the girl I love,
I have murdered the girl I love, On the bank of the Ohio." Chorus
3. They took him to the barber shop; There the barber cut his hair; Placed a cap upon his head; There he stayed till he was dead.
See Campbell and Sharp, No. 70; R. W. Gordon, New York Times Magazine, January 9, 1927; Journal, XX, 265—267; XXV, 11; XXXIX, 142; Pound, No. 51, who in her note gives an interesting story of this ballad by Professor Belden. Cf. also Henry, Journal, XLII, 281; Hudson's Specimens ofMississippi Folk-Lore, p. 49; Lunsford and Stringfield, p. 28; Randolph, p. 201.
"Little Oma Wise." Obtained from Miss Mary King, Gatlinburg, Sevier County, Tennessee, August 12, 1929.