asked my love to take a walkJust a little ways with meAnd as we walked and we would talkAll about our weddingday
(chorus)And only say that you'll be mineIn no others arms entwinedDown beside where the waters flowOn the banks of the Ohio
I asked her if she'd marry meAnd my wife forever beShe only turned her head awayAnd had no other words to say
I plunged a knife into her breastAnd told her she was going to restShe cried "Oh Willy, don't murder meI'm not prepared for eternity."
I took her by her golden curlsI drug her down to the river-sideAn I there threw her into drownAnd I watched her as she floated down
And going home between twelve and oneI cried "Lord, what have I've done?"I've killed the girl I loveBecause she would not marry me