long black veil – Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds


nick-caveNobody knows
Nobody sees
Nobody knows
– but me

 

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, though 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 sky froze 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

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

Written by Danny Dill, Marijohn Wilkin
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