Long Black Veil

by M.J.Wilkin and D.Dill
Additional lyrics © 2000 Earl Vickers


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 did agree
That the man 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
I had been in the arms of my best friend’s wife

(chorus)
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 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 over my bones

(chorus)
She walks these hills...

(Additional lyrics by Earl Vickers)

In the cold morning air of the very next day
By her husband’s side, she knelt down to pray
With her head bowed low and her face so pale
In a voice like the wind, the truth she did tell

Her husband replied, “Woman tell me why
You spoke not a word and let my best friend die”
“Oh my husband dear, I knew your heart would break
when the truth was told, your own life you would take”

(chorus)
She walks these hills in a long black veil
She visits our graves when the night winds wail
Nobody knows, nobody sees
Nobody knows but me

On a cold dark night, without a soul to save
She wanders these hills and stands by my grave
She pulls back her black veil, her true love to see
and she kisses a man who looks a lot like me

(chorus)
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

 

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