The Banks of the Ohio – lyrics and chords

The lyrics of The Banks of the Ohio tell the story of a man making a rash decision regarding his lover and later coming to regret it.

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F 
I asked my love to take a  
C 
walk,
 
To take a  
C7 
walk, just a little  
F 
walk
 
Down be
F7 
side where the waters  
Bb 
flow
 
Down by the  
F 
banks, of the  
C7 
Ohi
F 
o.

And only say that you’ll be mine
And in no other arms will twine
Down beside where the waters flow
Down by the banks of the Ohio.

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I held a knife against her breast
And unto my arm she pressed
Crying “Oh Willie, don’t murder me
I’m not prepared for eternity!”

I took her by her lily white hand
And led her down where the waters stand
I picked her up and pitched her in
And watched her as she floated down.

I started home ‘tween twelve and one
I cried my God, what have I done?
Killed the only girl I loved
Because she wouldn’t be my dove.

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[F]I asked my love to take a [C]walk,
To take a [C7]walk, just a little [F]walk
Down be[F7]side where the waters [Bb]flow
Down by the [F]banks, of the [C7]Ohi[F]o.

And only say that you’ll be mine
And in no other arms will twine
Down beside where the waters flow
Down by the banks of the Ohio.

I held a knife against her breast
And unto my arm she pressed
Crying “Oh Willie, don’t murder me
I’m not prepared for eternity!”

I took her by her lily white hand
And led her down where the waters stand
I picked her up and pitched her in
And watched her as she floated down.

I started home ‘tween twelve and one
I cried my God, what have I done?
Killed the only girl I loved
Because she wouldn’t be my dove.

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