Banks of the Ohio banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style-2

    Difficulty

    There is a lot of beautiful music to be made on the banjo without the use of a capo. Spike your fifth at the seventh and check out this great tune.

    • Key D
    • 95 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style-2
  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    A forward roll heavy version of this classic murder ballad Banks of the Ohio. Do your best to accent the melody notes. Sometimes it helps to learn the lyrics!

    • Key G
    • 105 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Melodic Style

    Difficulty

    A tasteful up-the-neck version of the Banks of the Ohio that utilizes 6ths chord positions. These positions are a convenient way to move around the neck while including essential melody notes.

    • Key G
    • 105 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Melodic Style
  • Backup

    Difficulty

    A rolling backup version of Banks of the Ohio with some Scruggs licks to play in-between vocal phrases. Remember to play with dynamics when you're filling.

    • Key G
    • 105 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Backup

Banks of the Ohio lyrics

Traditional

I asked my love to take a walk,
Just a walk a little way.
As we walked, oh me, we talked,
All about our wedding day.

(Chorus)

Only 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 lily white hand,
And dragged her down that bank of sand.
There I throwed her in to drown,
I watched her as she floated down.

(Chorus)

Was walkin' home between twelve and one,
A thinking of what I had done.
I killed the girl I loved, you see,
Because she would not marry me.

(Chorus)

The very next morn, about half past four,
The Sheriff's man knocked at my door,
Saying now young man, come now and go,
Down to the Banks of the Ohio.

(Chorus)