Long Black Veil, The (Lefty Frizzell Cover) (Lyrics)

This song has been performed by many artists over the years, perhaps most popularly by Johnny Cash. Dave first covered it at a 1999 tribute to Cash and has said that he thinks of it as a Johnny Cash song, though it was neither written nor originally performed by Cash but rather by Lefty Frizzell in 1959.

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Ten years ago on a cold, dark night
Someone was killed beneath the town hall light
There were few at the scene but they all did agree
the slayer who ran looked a lot like me

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 judge said, "Son, what is your alibi?
If you were somewhere else then you don't have to die"
Well, 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

Well, the scaffold is high and eternity is near
she stood in the crowd and shed not a tear
but sometimes at night when the cold wind blows
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, nobody sees, nobody knows but me

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