Long Black Veil (A)


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This country ballad was originally released in 1959 by Lefty Frizzell. Written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin, it’s an oft-covered tune written from the point of view of a man falsely accused of murder. Why doesn’t he speak up when falsely accused? Because when the murder was happening, he was “in the arms of my best friend’s wife.”

Here’s Johnny Cash performing it live: