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lefty frizzell – the long black veil lyrics

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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 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, though it meant my life
for i had 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
n-body knows, n-body sees
n-body knows but me

the scaffold was high and eternity nears
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

she walks these hills in a long black veil
she visits my grave when the night winds wail
n-body knows, n-body sees
n-body knows but me
n-body knows but me
n-body knows but me