Ten years ago on a cold dark night,
Someone was killed 'neath the town hall lights.
There were few at the scene, but they all agreed,
That 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 veil.
Nobody knows, nobody sees, nobody knows,
But 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'd been in the arms of my best friend's wife.

Now the scaffold is high, and eternity's near.
She stood in the crowd, and shed not a tear.
But some times at night, when the cold wind moans
In a long black veil, she cries over my bones

She walks these hills, in a long black veil.
When the cold winds blow, and the night winds wail.
No body knows, no body sees.
No body knows,
But me.
as sung by MICK JAGGER
guesting with THE CHIEFTANS
written by Marijon Wilkin** and Danny Dill*
* dear shot, I thought you'd like to know this: "they wrote The Long Black Veil in the late 50s. Lefty Frizzel recorded it almost immediately upon completion--right after. Marijon** was making coffee, if I recall correctly, at the publishing company, and somebody entered the kitchen, desperate to have a melody for some lyrics. Lefty Frizell was fixin' to record. Marijon set the tune to Danny Dill's lyrics, and she did in a very few minutes." (**she died in October 2006 aged 86)

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