The Chieftains The Long Black Veil cover

The Long Black Veil
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Lyrics and Meaning


Released
January 24, 1995
Genre
World
Ratings

Song Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
Ten years ago on a cold dark night
Someone was killed 'neath the town hall light
Just a few at the scene, and they all did agree
That the man who ran looked a lot like me
Verse 2
The judge said "Son, what's your alibi?
If you were somewheres else, then you won't have to die"
But I spoke not a word, tho' it meant my life
For I'd been in the arms of my best friend's wife
Verse 3
Chorus:
She walks these hills in a long black veil
Visits my grave when the night winds wail
Nobody knows, nobody sees
Nobody knows, but me
Verse 4
The scaffold is high, eternity near
She stands in the crowd, she sheds not a tear
But sometimes at night when the cold winds moan
In a long black veil, she cries o'er my bones
Verse 5
Chorus

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