Banks of the Ohio Lyrics

Johnny Cash


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Joan Baez
album: Track 4 in album American Outtakes
release date: 1993
popularity : 11 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country
length: 4:43
composer: Maybelle Carter

Cover Art

Johnny Cash American Outtakes cover art
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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

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

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

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

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"

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

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

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

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


Track Listing

  • 1 What on Earth
  • 2 The Drifter
  • 3 I Witnessed a Crime
  • 4 Banks of the Ohio
  • 5 The Next Time I'm in Town
  • 6 Breaking Bread
  • 7 To Beat the Devil
  • 8 Friends in California
  • 9 The Caretaker
  • 10 The Wonder of You
  • 11 All I Want Is Your Heart
  • 12 Bury Me Not
  • 13 Old Chunk of Coal
  • 14 Go On Blues
  • 15 If I Give My Soul
  • 16 Thirteen
  • 17 Folsom Prison Blues
  • 18 Ring Of Fire
  • 19 In Your Mind
  • 20 Flesh and Blood
  • 21
  • 22 Bad News
  • 23 All Of Gods Children Aint Free
  • 24 One More Ride