Johnny Cash The Banks of the Ohio cover

The Banks of the Ohio
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Verse 1
I asked my love to take a walk
Take a walk just a little ways
And as we walked, along we talk
All would be our wedding day
Verse 2
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
Verse 3
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
Verse 4
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
Verse 5
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"
Verse 6
I took her by her golden curls
And drug her down to the river side
And there I threw her into drown
And I watched her as she floated down
Verse 7
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
Verse 8
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
Verse 9
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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