LONG BLACK VEIL

Original Lefty Frizzell version


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 where the night winds wail
Nobody knows, nobody sees
Nobody knows but me

The scaffold was high and eternity near
She stood in the crowd and shed not a tear
But sometimes at night when the cold wind moans
In a long black veil she cries on my bones

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


Info

LONG BLACK VEIL is a song written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin and originally released by Lefty Frizzell as a single in 1959. The above lyrics are for the original Lefty Frizzell version of LONG BLACK VEIL as released in 1959.

Lefty Frizzell -- "The Long Black Veil / Knock Again, True Love"
Lefty Frizzell -- "The Long Black Veil / Knock Again, True Love"

7" single - Columbia ‎(4-41384) - USA, 1959

A1- LONG BLACK VEIL
B1- KNOCK AGAIN, TRUE LOVE

Bruce Springsteen's Version

Bruce Springsteen covered LONG BLACK VEIL live a few times in 2006. See the live 26 Apr 2006 version for more details.

Available Versions

List of available versions of LONG BLACK VEIL on this website:

LONG BLACK VEIL [Live 26 Apr 2006 version]
LONG BLACK VEIL [Live 11 Jun 2006 version]
LONG BLACK VEIL [Original Lefty Frizzell version]

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