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Originally recorded by J.R. Cash: 12/17/64 and later recorded by The Chieftains with Mick Jagger singing.
It is a song about a guy who was executed for something that he didn't do. Sad business that is.

Long Black Veil

  Ten years ago, on a cold dark night
D                                                 C             G
 Someone was killed, 'neath the town hall light

 There were few at the scene, but they all agreed

                 D                                  C        G     
 That the man who ran, looked a lot like me

 The judge said son, what is your alibi

                     D                                    C                        G     
 If you were somewhere else, then you won't have to die

 I spoke not a word, thou it meant my life

             D                                  C                   G              
 For I'd 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 when the night winds wail . . .
                           C          G        C          D               C
 Nobody knows, nobody sees,  nobody knows but me . . .  / Em / Em

 Oh, the scaffold is high and eternity's near
        D                                   C                G
 She stood in the crowd and shed not a tear
 But late at night, when the north wind blows
        D                             C                  G
 In a long black veil, she cries over my bones . . .
         C                 G           C               G
 She walks these hills in a long black veil . . .
        C             G                       C                 G
 She visits my grave when the night winds wail . . .

                           C           G       C          D               C         /   G   / C G /   
 Nobody knows, nobody sees, nobody knows but me . . .

 C           D               C          /    G   /
 Nobody knows but me. . .