Thursday, February 28, 2013

Iron & Wine Perform "Long Black Veil"


A great American ballad I've set to learning today:
    Ten years ago on a cold dark night
    Somebody was killed 'neath the town hall light
    There were few at the scene, but they all agreed
    That the man who ran, he looked a lot like me

    Now 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 judge said, "Son, what is your alibi?
    "If you were somewhere else, then you won't have to die"
    I said not a word, though it meant my life
    For I'd been in the arms of my best friend's wife

    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

    Nobody knows, nobody sees
    Nobody knows, but me

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