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Knoxville Girl

I met a little girl in Knoxville
a town we all know well
And every Sunday evening
out in her home I'd dwell
We went to take an evening walk
about a mile from town
I picked a stick up off the ground
and knocked that fair girl down

She fell down on her bended knees
for mercy she did cry
Oh Willie dear, don't kill me here
I'm unprepared to die
She never spoke another word
I only beat her more
Until the ground around me
within her blood did flow

I took her by her golden curls
and drug her 'round and 'round
Throwing her into the river
that flows through Knoxville town
Go there, go there, you Knoxville girl
with the dark and roving eyes
Go there, go there, you Knoxville girl
you can never be my bride

I started back to Knoxville
got there about midnight
My mother she was worried
and woke up in a fright
Saying son, oh son what have you done
to bloody your clothes so
I told my anxious mother
I was bleeding at my nose

I called for me a candle
to light myself to bed
I called for me a handkerchief
to bind my aching head
I rolled and tumbled the whole night through
as troubles were for me
Like flames of hell around my bed
and in my eyes could see

They carried me down to Knoxville
and put me in a jail
My friends all tried to get me out
but none could go my bail
I'm here to waste my life away
down in this dirty old cell
Because I murdered that Knoxville girl
the girl I love so well

Available in these books:

Big Print Songs
Over 200 songs.
Family Tradition
The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
Featuring large-print lyrics (20-point type) and chords, historical info, jamming hints, and more.

A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear. http://ToneWay.com