Knoxville Girl The Louvin Brothers

The Knoxville Girl was a Appalachian murder ballad and was originally sung by the Blue Sky Boys in 1937. The Louvin Brothers did a cover of the song and it reached #19 on the country charts in 1959. Elvis Presley once said the Louvin Brothers were his favorite gospel duo. The Rolling Stones ranked this song on their top ten creepiest songs list.

The Louvin Brothers

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

I met a girl in Knoxville, a town everyone knows

And every Sunday evening, I stayed at her home

We went for a walk about a mile from town

I picked up a stick and hit that girl to the ground

She fell down on her bended knees, for mercy she did cry

"Oh Willy 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

She fell down to her knees, she begged and cried

"Oh Willy, don`t kill me, I`m not ready to die"

She never spoke again, I continued to beat her

Until the ground around me was covered with her blood

I took her by her by her golden curls and I drug her round and around

Throwing her into the river that flows through Knoxville town

Go down, go down, you Knoxville girl with the dark and rolling eyes

Do down, go down, you Knoxville girl, you can never be my bride

I grabbed her by the hair and dragged her around

Throwing her body into the river next to town

Go down, go down, you Knoxville girl with dark eyes

Go down, go down, you Knoxville girl, you can never be my wife

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 went back to Knoxville, got there about midnight

My mother was worried and woke up scared

Saying " son, what have you done to make your clothes bloody?"

I told my nervous mother I had a bloody nose

I called for me a candle to light myself to bed

I called for me a handkerchief to bind my aching head

Rolled and tumbled the whole night through as troubled was for me

Like flames of hell around my bed and in my eyes could see

I asked for a candle to be lit next to my bed

I asked for a handkerchief to wrap around my aching head

I rolled all night, as I was having troubles sleeping

Like flames around the bed and it was all I could see

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 her to waste my life away down in this dirty old jail

Because I murdered that Knoxville girl, the girl I loved so well

They took me down to Knoxville and put me in jail

All my friends tried to bail me out but no one could pay the bail

I`m here for the rest of my life

Because I murdered the girl in love in Knoxville

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