TGIF …… Time for oldies but goodies

Banks of the Ohio

“Banks of the Ohio” ( Laws F5, Roud 157) is a 19th-century murder ballad, written by unknown authors, in which “Willie” invites his young lover for a walk during which she rejects his marriage proposal. Once they are alone on the river bank, he murders the young woman. It is also known by the longer title Down on the Banks of the Ohio.

Click on the video above to enjoy the song sung by Olivia Newton John and sing along with the lyrics below.

One of my favourite oldies. Do you like oldies?

I asked my love to take a walk
To take a walk, just a little walk
Down beside where the waters flow
Down by the banks of the Ohio

And only say that you’ll be mine
In no others’ arms entwine
Down beside where the waters flow
Down by the banks of the Ohio

I held a knife against his breast
As into my arms he pressed
He cried “my love, don’t you murder me
I’m not prepared for eternity”

I wandered home ‘tween twelve and one
I cried, “My God, what have I done?”
I’ve killed the only man I love
He would not take me for his bride

And only say that you’ll be mine
In no others’ arms entwine
Down beside where the waters flow
Down by the banks of the Ohio

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