“Banks of the Ohio”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1915
Keywords: homicide river drowning
Found in: US(MW,Ro,SE,So)

Description

The singer takes his sweetheart walking, hoping to discuss marriage. She seemingly refuses him (because she is too young?). Rather than wait, he throws her into the river to drown. In most versions he is not caught, though in some texts she haunts him

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References

  1. Laws F5, "On the Banks of the Ohio"
  2. Randolph 160, "Down on the Banks of the Ohio" (2 texts plus an excerpt, 2 tunes)
  3. Eddy 104, "The Murdered Girl" (7 texts, 2 tunes, but Laws considers only the B text -- "On the Banks of the Old Pedee" -- to belong with this ballad)
  4. Gardner/Chickering 20, "The Banks of the River Dee" (1 text plus 2 excerpts and mention of 2 more, 2 tunes)
  5. BrownII 66, "On the Banks of the Ohio" (1 text plus 2 excerpts and mention of 5 more)
  6. MHenry-Appalachians, p. 76, "On the Banks of the Ohio" (1 text)
  7. Asch/Dunson/Raim, p. 110, "Down on the Banks of the Ohio" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, pp. 138-139, "Banks of the Ohio" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. Botkin-MRFolklr, p. 577, "On the Banks of the Ohio" (1 text, 1 tune)
  10. LPound-ABS, 45, p. 108, "The Old Shawnee"; p. 109, "On the Banks of the Old Pedee" (2 texts)
  11. Darling-NAS, pp. 201-202, "On the Banks of the Ohio" (1 text)
  12. Silber-FSWB, p. 180, "Banks Of The Ohio" (1 text)
  13. DT 628, BNKSOHIO* BANOHIO2(*) (BANOHIO3)
  14. Roud #157
  15. BI, LF05