He came through town and she caught his eye
She was sweet - She was shy
For him it was just a game
Not for her - What a cryin’ shame
Down by the Boonville Bridge
They found her by the water’s edge
Poor girl - Did she die for this?
The boy with the poison kiss
Sad but true - Love is blind
She left her kinfolk far behind
With his coal-black heart and golden hair
He said, “Prove your love - Meet me there”
Missouri River, do you know
What happened here so long ago?
Did she jump for love of him Or did that devil throw her in?
River wide - Water deep
Tell the secrets that you keep
Is there some reflection there
Of his coal-black heart and golden hair?