Grateful Dead

Banks Of The Ohio

Lyrics By: Traditional
Music By: Traditional

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
And in no other's arms entwined
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 started 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"

This was sung by Joan Baez with the Dead on 31 December 1981.

Garcia sang this is pre-Dead days with the Hart Valley Drifters (10 November 1962). His version was essentially the same as Joan Baez's

Banks Of The Ohio