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Ten years ago on a cold dark night
Someone was killed beneath the townhall 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 "son, what is your aliby?
If you were somewhere else, then you wont 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.
Oh, 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, now the scaffold is high, eternity is near
She stood in the crowd and she'd not a tear
And sometimes at night when the cold winds blow
In a long black veil she cries over 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.

Oh, 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.

Nobody knows. Nobody knows, but me.
Nobody knows but me.



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    I believe this song pertains to sin. This man was falsely accused of committing a crime that he did not commit. However, in the process he was committing another type of sin. He was committing adultry on his wife. He was sleeping with his best friends wife. I believe he had been doing this for a while and he felt convicted, confused, and ashamed of his actions. He believed he deserved death for the sin he had been committing. He was tired of holding onto this sin and in essence he committed suicide.
    As for the long black veil - I believe it is his holy spirit.

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