Long Black Veil – Song Lyric Sunday – Long/Tall/Short/Small


Long Black Veil – Song Lyric Sunday – Long/Tall/Short/Small

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For SLS today we have songs that feature a song that has long/tall/short/small in the title or lyrics.  Thanks, Jim!

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From a Wiki article:

Long Black Veil” is a 1959 country ballad, written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin and originally recorded by Lefty Frizzell.

It is told from the point of view of a man falsely accused of murder and executed. He refuses to provide an alibi, since on the night of the murder he was having an extramarital affair with his best friend’s wife, and would rather die and take their secret to his grave than admit the truth. The chorus describes the woman’s mourning visits to his gravesite, wearing a long black veil and enduring a wailing wind.

In 2019, Frizzell’s version of “Long Black Veil” was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.[1]



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
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, thou 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
Oh, the scaffold is high and eternity’s near
She stood in the crowd and shed not a tear
But late at night, when the north wind blows
In a long black veil, she cries ov’re 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
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Danny Dill / Marijohn Wilkin



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10 responses »

    • Thanks, Jim! Glad you like this one. I did have the one by the Band ready to go, but then listened to this one and liked it better. I like a lot of his songs, and he has a real nice voice. 🙂

  1. Wow!!! I hadn’t thought of this in years and years but as soon as I read your title, the entire lyrics were right there and I heard it playing in my head! This was one of my favorite songs that played on the radio as a young child. 1964, I was 2yr old! You brought back such distant memories💕

    • Thanks, Laura! I’m pretty sure we have this song on a CD or cassette somewhere, and I’d heard it before, but had forgotten about it until I was looking for a song for the prompt. I like it a lot, too. Glad you have some good memories about it, and enjoyed hearing it again. 🙂

  2. Awesome song choice. I should have thought about this one. Lefty was a Texan, born in Corsicana. He was singing during the “singing cowboys” time and was considered one of them. Love your choice. 🙂

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