No. 90: Lefty Frizzell, ‘Long Black Veil’ – Top 100 Country Songs
The fact that this song has been covered by everyone from Johnny Cash to Dave Matthews to the Proclaimers speaks to the power of the haunting melody first produced by Lefty Frizzell. The track only reached No. 6 in its time, but it's too good of a story to deny it a place on the Top 100 Country Songs of all time list.
'Long Black Veil' tells the tale of a man who takes a murder charge instead of admitting he spent the night with his best friend's wife. She weeps for him, but only in private. Frizzell wasn't usually this morose -- in fact, most of his hits were more contemporary. But 'Long Black Veil' is the song that left the biggest legacy.
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