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Omie Wise

I'll tell you a story of 7b little Omie wise
How 1 she became deluded by 5 John Lewis' 1 lies

He told her to meet him down by Adams's Springs
Some money he would bring, and some other fine things

Then fool-like, she met him, at Adams's Springs
No money he brought her, nor other fine things

No money, no money, to flatter the case
We'll go and get married, there'll be no disgrace

John Lewis, John Lewis, please tell me your mind
Do you intend to marry me or leave me behind

Little Omie, little Omie, I'll tell you my mind
My mind is to drown you and leave you behind

Please pity our baby and spare me my life
I'll go home a beggar and won't be your wife

He hugged her, he kissed her, he turned her around
He threw in deep water, where he knew she would drown

He jumped on his pony, and away he did ride
The screams of little Omie went down by his side

It was on last Wednesday morning, the rain was pouring down
The people searched for Omie, but she could not be found

Two boys went a-fishing on a fine summer day
They saw little Omie go floating away

They threw their net around her and pulled her to the shore
The body of little Omie was searched for no more

They sent for John Lewis, John Lewis came by
When confronted with her body, he broke down and cried

You can shoot me, you can hang me, for I am the man
I drowned little Omie in yonder's old mill dam

My name is John Lewis, my name I'll never deny
I murdered little Omie, I'll never reach the sky

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.