on the banks of the old ponchartrain lyrics – hank williams

recorded by: hank williams, sr.

i [a] travelled from [a7] texas to [d] old louis-[a] anne
thru valleys, o’er mountains and [e7] plains
both [a] footsore and [a7] weary i [d] rested a-[a] while
on the [e7] banks of the old ponchar-[a] train.

the fairest young maiden that i ever saw
p*ssed by as it started to rain
we both found a shelter beneath the same tree
on the banks of the old ponchartrain.

we hid from the shower an hour or so
she asked me how long i’d remain
i told her that i’d spend the rest of my days

on the banks of the old ponchartrain.

i just couldn’t tell her that i ran away
from jail on a west texas plain
i prayed in my heart i would never be found
on the banks of the old ponchartrain.

then one day a man put his hand on my arm
and said i must go west again
i left her alone without saying goodbye
on the banks of the old ponchartrain.

tonight as i sit here alone in my cell
i know that she’s waiting in vain
i’m hoping and praying someday to return
to the banks of the old ponchartrain.

/ hank williams lyrics