On the Banks of the Ohio

Story Behind The Song

In 1937 there was a massive flood of the Ohio river valley. Up until 2011, this was the worst flood in American history. Roughly 1 million people were left homeless.

Song Description

Grief can seem overwhelming especially when it affects others on a large scale. But there is always hope.

Song Length 3:54 Genre Country - Americana, Folk - Americana
Tempo Medium (111 - 130) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Mood Heartbreaking, Moving Subject Sadness, Disasters
Similar Artists Johnny Cash, The Civil Wars Language English
Era 2000 and later

Lyrics

I tell you my brother I've seen the waters rise, and right before my eyes I lost everything

For weeks on end the rain it steadily fell, and the river continued to swell till it broke its banks

The current raged and it left the only home, that I have ever known broken in its wake


When the waters came all the blood and sweat we gave were washed away from this place

The only thing left of us were echoes of the songs that we sang in his name


The toll was high and the casualties were great, and the promises we made were left behind

Mourn your loss for the friends you couldn't save

cause the bitterness'll be your grave if you dig too deep

Well the good Lord gives but good lord He takes away, there will be an end to our suffering

When the waters came all the blood and sweat we gave were washed away from this place

The only thing left of us were echoes of the songs that we sang in his name

© Brad Loomis 2010

Lyrics Bradford Loomis Music Bradford Loomis, Brianne Holland
Producer Jason Lackie Publisher Bradford Loomis Publishing
Performance Bradford Loomis Label Independant
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