Capo II Am G Am G Am Am G Oh, listen to my story, I'll tell you no lies, Am G Am How John Lewis did murder poor little Omie Wise. Am G He told her to meet him at Adams's Springs. Am G Am He promised her money and other fine things. Am G So, fool-like she met him at Adams's Springs. Am G Am No money he brought her nor other fine things. Am G "Go with me, little Omie, and away we will go. Am G Am We'll go and get married and no one will know." Am G She climbed up behind him and away they did go, Am G Am But off to the river where deep waters flow. Am G "John Lewis, John Lewis, will you tell me your mind? Am G Am Do you intend to marry me or leave me behind?" Am G "Little Omie, little Omie, I'll tell you my mind. Am G Am My mind is to drown you and leave you behind." Am G "Have mercy on my baby and spare me my life, Am G Am I'll go home as a beggar and never be your wife." Am G He kissed her and hugged her and turned her around, Am G Am Then pushed her in deep waters where he knew that she would drown. Am G He got on his pony and away he did ride, Am G Am As the screams of little Omie went down by his side. Am G T'was on a Thursday morning, the rain was pouring down, Am G Am When the people searched for Omie but she could not be found. Am G Two boys went a-fishin' one fine summer day, Am G Am And saw little Omie's body go floating away. Am G They threw their net around her and drew her to the bank. Am G Am Her clothes all wet and muddy, they laid her on a plank. Am G Then sent for John Lewis to come to that place -- Am G Am And brought her out before him so that he might see her face. Am G He made no confession but they carried him to jail, Am G Am No friends or relations would go on his bail.