AUDIO: ‘Long Black Veil’ by The BrotherSisters
“Long Black Veil” has to be one of the saddest songs ever written. But audiences love it, perhaps not for its tale of self-doom through adultery and haunted true-love — always a popular topic — but because of the wailing chorus. This is our version 2, album-worthy version of the song which fixes a vocal flub and tweaks the overall mix. Hope you like it.
“Long Black Veil” is a 1959 ballad written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin and originally recorded by Lefty Frizzell, though made more famous in several versions by the Man in Black, Johnny Cash. The songwriters, according to Wikipedia, later said they drew on several inspirations for the song, including the legend of a mysterious veiled woman who regularly visited the grave of heartthrob singer Rudolph Valentino.