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Long Black Veil

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Long Black Veil

Written by Danny Dill/Marijohn Wilkin

Ten years ago on a cool dark night   
                 D                                       C             G 
There was someone killed 'neath the town hall light 
There were few at the scene and they all did agree   
              D                                  C        G 
That the man 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 although it meant my life   
I had been in the arms of my best friend's wife 

        C                 G          C               G 
She walks these hills in a long black veil   
        C            G                       C                G 
She visits my grave where the night winds wail 
G                                    C          G   
Nobody knows, no, and nobody sees   
C           G         D   C 
Nobody knows but me  

The scaffold was high and eternity neared   
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 


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