In this song, I noticed that the speaker regrets killing his girlfriend. He simply decided to kill her without having to think about it because she did not say anything when he asked her to marry him. I can easily identify this because of the way he sang this song. He sang in a slow and depressing way which shows me that he still misses her a lot and he probably realized that he had made a real mistake. He chose to use a high pitched voice in order to get the message out to his listeners. If his voice was low and happy, then his message will go out the wrong way and it will not be as effective.
I also noticed that the rhythm and the way he sang in each stanza is the same throughout the whole entire song. I did not see him have a change of voice anywhere in the song. It goes A, B, A, B, A, B, A, B, and so on. However, in the end of the song, his voice just cut off immediately after he sang the last word to the song.
Although the tone and feeling of this song makes the listener feel a bit sorrowful, I don’t get the feel from Cash’s version of “In the Banks of Ohio” that he regretted killing his lover. His tone was unvarying and he didn’t change his tone to give off feelings of emotion when he sang about the stabbing or throwing her into the river. I also feel like his voice was not high pitched, but rather level throughout.