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

Chorus: go down, go down you Knoxville girl, with the dark and rolling eyes Go down, go down you Knoxville girl, you can never be my bride

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

I went 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 from the nose

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

Yhey carried me down to Knoxville and put me in a cell
My friends all tried to get me outbut none could throw my bail
I'm here to waste my life away, down in this dirty jail
Because I killed that Knoxville girl, the girl I loved so well

From The Album
Standing In Your Way
American Rural Records