I’ve wanted for a long time to send this one in to Dave’s Blog of Funny Names. Lefty Frizzell has won special recognition on Dave’s blog. And rightly so. What a name and what a singer!
Arguably Lefty’s greatest hit was Long Black Veil, a song written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin. I heard it first on a Johnny Cash album. The Band did a cover of it on their first album. Dave Mathews, Joan Baez and every country singer and his brother have recorded it. Not to be left out of the fun, here’s Bumba and Maybank giving it a go. It’s an easy song to play and sing so give it a try. The lyrics of course tell a poignant story.
“Long Black Veil”
Ten years ago on a cool dark night
There was someone killed ‘neath the town hall light
There were few at the scene and they all did agree
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
She walks these hills in a long black veil
She visits my grave where the night winds wail
Nobody knows, no, and nobody sees
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