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Long Black Veil

by Jenny Owen Youngs

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Bless the fateful day that genius cartoonist & illustrator Isabella Rotman emailed me to ask if I might possibly have a burning desire to cover "Long Black Veil." She was putting the finishing touches on a comic adapting the song, and thought it would be nice to have a sonic companion to the book. I was immediately on board, as this is one of my favorite songs from the vast and varied Johnny Cash catalog. Then I read her beautiful and charming adaptation, my delicate brain exploded, and I got to work on trying to create a version of the song that might conceivably live in the same world as Isabella's interpretation.

You can buy Isabella Rotman's beautiful comic adaptation of the song here: www.isabellarotman.com/store

You can learn more about her fantastic work at isabellarotman.com.

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LYRICS

Ten years ago, on a cold dark night
Someone was killed, 'neath the town hall light
There were few at the scene, but they all agreed
That the slayer who ran looked a lot like me

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 hon, what is your alibi
If you were somewhere else, you would not have to die
I spoke not a word, though it meant my life
I'd 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

Oh, the scaffold is high and eternity's near
She stood in the crowd and shed not a tear
But late at night, when the north 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

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

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released June 10, 2017
Performed and produced by Jenny Owen Youngs
Cover art by Isabella Rotman
Song by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin. Used by permission.
℗ Universal - Songs of Polygram International Inc.

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Jenny Owen Youngs Los Angeles, California

Singer, songwriter, and natural history enthusiast Jenny Owen Youngs grew up in the forests of northern New Jersey and now spends much of her time writing with and for other artists in Los Angeles and working on her next record. She has toured extensively in the US and Europe, and her songs have been heard on Weeds, Nurse Jackie, Suburgatory, and Switched at Birth. ... more

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