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

Ten years ago, on a cold dark night
Someone was 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

Well, the judge, he said "Son, what is your alibi
If you were somewhere else, then you won't have to die"
But I spoke not a word, though it meant my life
For I'd 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

Now the scaffold is high and eternity's near
She stood in the crowd, but shed not a tear
But sometimes at night, when the cold winds moan
In a long black veil, she cries on 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
No, no, nobody knows but me
I said, nobody knows but me
Yeah, nobody knows but me


Lyrics submitted by Staticburn89, edited by Mellow_Harsher

Long Black Veil Lyrics as written by Marijohn Wilkin Danny Dill

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    General CommentWho hasn't covered this song?
    CharlatanSinon March 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHaha. Well let's see I have versions by Johnny Cash, The Jerry Garcia Band, Mike Ness, The Cheiftans, and Nick Cave. I think Dave Matthews also did a cover.
    Pigwaldon January 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's a goody, tho', & made for Nick Cave. Very depressing, this woman weeping on the bones of her adulterous lover. I also like that one-line definition of an alibi, for some reason.
    morbid moragon June 21, 2008   Link

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