Long Black Veil

Album: The Best Of Lefty Frizzell (1959)
  • Ten years ago, on a cold dark night
    There was someone killed 'neath the town hall light
    There were few at the scene, but they all agreed
    That the slayer who ran looked a lot like me

    The judge said, "Son what is your alibi?
    If you were somewhere else then you won't have to die"
    I spoke not a word though it meant my life
    For I had been in the arms of my best friend's wife

    She walks these hills in a long black veil
    She visits my grave when the night winds wail
    Nobody knows, nobody sees
    Nobody knows but me

    The scaffold is high, and eternity nears
    She stood in the crowd and shed not a tear
    But sometimes at night when the cold wind mourns
    In a long black veil she cries over my bones

    She walks these hills in a long black veil
    She visits my grave when the night winds wail
    Nobody knows, nobody sees
    Nobody knows but me, nobody knows but me, nobody knows but me Writer/s: Danny Dill, Marijohn Wilkin
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
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Comments: 1

  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaThat steel guitar of Don Helms (I believe) just makes this tune.
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