The Long Black Veil Lyrics

Johnny Cash


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Danny Dill, Marijohn Wilkin
album: No. 7 track in album Orange Blossom Special
release date: 1965
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length: 3:58
bass: Marshall Grant
drums: W.S. Holland
guitar: Johnny Cash
electric guitar: Carl Perkins, Luther Perkins
mastering: Darcy Proper
additional producer: Bob Irwin
producer: Bob Johnston
vocal: Johnny Cash

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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

[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

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

[Chorus]

Track Listing

  • 1 Orange Blossom Special
  • 2 The Long Black Veil
  • 3 It Ain't Me Babe
  • 4 The Wall
  • 5 Don't Think Twice, It's Alright
  • 6 You Wild Colorado
  • 7 Mama, You've Been on My Mind
  • 8 When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below)
  • 9 All of God's Children Ain't Free
  • 10 Danny Boy
  • 11 Wildwood Flower
  • 12 Amen