THE LONG BLACK VEIL


ten years ago on a cold dark night
someone was killed neath the town all alight
there were few at the scene but they all agreeded 
that the sleigher 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"
but I spoke not a word though it meant my life
I'd been in the arms of my best friend's wife

now the scaffold is high and he turns at his 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 over my bones

now she walks these hills in a long black veil
she visits my grave when the night wind wail
nobody knows • nobody sees
nobody knows but me
					
                      danny dill • maryjohn wilkin