Knoxville Girl

by Lixian Hantover

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Check out this amazing article on Order of the Good Death by Alex Bender on the history of the Song! www.orderofthegooddeath.com/murder-ballads-the-poor-poor-knoxville-girl

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I met a liitle 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 Billy 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 I drug her round and around,
I threw her into the river that flows through Knoxville town,
Go down, go down, you Knoxville girl GO down go down go down,
Go down, go down, you Knoxville girl, go down go down go down.

I started back to Knoxville, got there about midnight,
My Mother she was worried and woke up in a fright,
Saying "Dear 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 hankerchief to bind my aching head,
Rolled and tumbled the whole night throught, as troubles was for me,
Like flames of hell around my bed and in my eyes could see.

Go down, go down, you Knoxville girl GO down go down go down,
Go down, go down, you Knoxville girl, go down go down go down.

They carried me down to Knoxville and put me in a cell,
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 jail,
Because I murdered that Knoxville girl, the girl I loved so well.

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released January 1, 2013
Thanks to Alex Bender for suggesting this song. And of course to the wonderful Caitlin and the rest of the Order of the Good Death.

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