Who Sang Banks of the Ohio? Bill Monroe & James Monroe

James Monroe Father & Son cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1973
length: 3:05
producer: Walter Haynes
guitar: James Monroe
banjo: Jack Hicks
double bass: Monroe Fields
fiddle: Kenny Baker and Tommy Williams
lead vocals: James Monroe
mandolin: Bill Monroe
I asked my love to take a walk,
Just a little way's with me.
An' as we walked,
Then we would talk
All about our wedding day.

"Darlin', say that you'll be mine;
In our home we'll happy be,
Down beside where the waters flow,
On the banks of the Ohio."

I took her by her pretty white hand,
I led her down the banks of sand,
I plunged her in
Where she would drown,
An' watched her as she floated down.


Returnin' home between twelve and one,
Thinkin', Lord, what a deed I've done;
I'd killed the girl
I love, you see,
Because she would not marry me.

The very next day, at half past four,
The sheriff walked right to my door;
He says, "Young man,
Don't try to run.
You'll pay for this awful crime you've don."


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 I Haven’t Seen Mary in Years
  • 2 Love, Please Come Home
  • 3 When the Golden Leaves Begin to Fall
  • 4 Tall Pines
  • 5 Banks of the Ohio
  • 6 Mother’s Only Sleeping
  • 7 Foggy Mountain Top
  • 8 Walls of Time
  • 9 Bonny
  • 10 Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong
  • 11 What Would You Give in Exchange

  • Release information
    label: MCA Records
    script: Latin