This is the same post I made on myspace.com/kevine2. I figured since this is my official page that I should post this article on here.


Even though it's not my favorite song, the greatest written song ever may be LONG BLACK VEIL.

Song Concept: A man accused of murder, who chooses death over revealing his alibi. The reason is, he was having an affair with his best friends wife. She stands silent in the crowd while he is hanged for the murder. The chorus speaks of her crying over his grave in her long black veil.

Lyrics:
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 agree
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
Nobody knows, nobody sees
Nobody knows but me.

The scaffold's high and eternity near
She stood in the crowd and shed not a tear
But sometimes at night when the cold wind blows
In a long black veil she cries o'er my bones.

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.

Nobody knows but me.
Nobody knows but me...       Originally recorded in Nashville in 1959 by country artist Lefty Frizzell, it reached it reached #6 on the U. S. Country Music Charts. Long Black Veil was written by composer and singer Danny Dill with Marijohn Wilkin in a folk music style in 1959. Wilkin played piano on the original recording by Frizzell as well. The writers stated that the 3 sorces of their inspiration were: Red Foley's recording of "God Walks These Hills With Me"; a contemporary newspaper report about the unsolved murder of a priest; and the legend of a mysterious veiled woman who regularly visited Rudolph Valentino's grave. Long Black Veil has become a 'standard' and has been covered by many artists in country, folk and rock styles. 
        Following is a partial list of artists who have recorded LONG BLACK VEIL:

1959 Lefty Frizzell, US Country single #6

1960 The Country Gentlemen, Country Songs, Old and New

1960 Carl Mann

1962 The Kingston Trio, New Frontier

1962 Burl Ives, The Versatile Burl Ives!

1963 Jerry & Sarah, Top of the Tangent, Palo Alto 02-02-1963 Jerry Garcia and his first wife Sarah.

1963 Joan Baez, Joan Baez in Concert, Part 2

1964 Johnny Williams and The Jokers (Went to #1 in Houston)

1968 Wolfe Tones, Rights Of Man

1965 Johnny Cash, Orange Blossom Special

1968 Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison - US Pop album #13, US Country album #1, UK album #1

1968 The Band, Music from Big Pink - US Pop album #30

1969 The Byrds, Boston Tea Party, live recording - citation

1970 Joan Baez, (I Live) One Day at a Time

1970 Bill Monroe, Kentucky Bluegrass

1970 Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash 1970

1972 New Riders of the Purple Sage, Gypsy Cowboy

1974 Sammi Smith - US Country single #26

1980 Jimmy Ellis aka Orion

1984 Marianne Faithfull, Rich Kid Blues - originally recorded 1971

1984 Baby Opaque featuring Ian Mackaye. MP3

1986 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Kicking Against the Pricks

1988 Cameo

1988 The Proclaimers

1992 Michael Nesmith

1995 Don Walser, The Archive Series Volume 2

1995 The Chieftains with Mick Jagger (vocal), The Long Black Veil

1995 Don Williams, Borrowed Tales

1997 Sally Timms, Cowboy Sally

1999 Mike Ness, Cheating at Solitaire

1999 Dave Matthews Band, Listener Supported - US Pop album #15.

2000 Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Tony Rice, The Pizza Tapes - originally recorded in 1993

2000 Daryle Singletary That's Why I Sing This Way

2000 John Duffey, Always In Style: A Collection

2002 Jason & the Scorchers, Wildfires + Misfires

2003 Johnny Cash, Unearthed

2003 The Pine Valley Cosmonauts (vocals by Sally Timms & Edith Frost), The Executioner's Last Songs: Volumes 2 & 3

2003 Rob Coffinshaker "Fairytales from the Dungeon" single.

2004 Ani Difranco, Gillian Welch and Greg Brown, Live in Madison, WI

2004 Dave Matthews Band, The Gorge (6-Disc Special Edition).

2004 The Stranglers, single

2005 Tim O'Brien, "Fiddler's Green"

2006 Mike Connolly

2006 Crooked Fingers, Like a Version 2 (Australia)

2006 Richard Hawley, (B Side for "Just Like The Rain")

2007 Uncle Douglas "Joe" St. Pierre

2007 Stoney LaRue, Live At Billy Bob's Texas

2007 David Gray,"a thousand miles behind" live USA

2007 Professor Louis and the Crowmatix (The Spirit of Woodstock)

2008 Diamanda Galás, "Guilty Guilty Guilty"

2009 Aunt Martha, Candymaker Tour NYC

The Stanley Brothers

John Anderson

Bobby Bare

Chris Ledoux

Banks & Shane

Bob Dylan
  

     As far as I know this is not a complete list of all the artists to record this song. If you get the chance to hear it check it out. The first version I heard was The Country Gentlemen.

       The source of my information was wikipedia. I wrote this report for anyone interested in checking out a great song that they may never hear otherwise.