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Country Music Legend Lefty Frizzell Reminds Us What Classic Country Is With "Long Black Veil"

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Lefty frizzell Songs | Country Music Legend Lefty Frizzell Reminds Us What Classic Country Is With
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A prominent figure for country and honky-tonk music during the 1950's, Lefty Frizzell is one of those country artists you don't hear about too often. His music still plays on, and when it does we are reminded of where country really started. 

The roots of country music come from many different influences. Born in Corsicana, Texas, Frizzell was born with music is in veins. From a young age he played guitar, and by the age of 12-years-old he was a regular on a country music radio station. He also entered talent competitions, which what really sparked his breakthrough into the mainstream. 

"Long Black Veil" was recorded by Frizzell in 1959, and became the most popular song on his career. Reaching number 6 on the Billboard Country charts, the ballad describes a woman mourning the loss of her husband who was wrongfully executed. Not a song for the light of heart! 

Frizzell was an inspiration to many country artists, including: Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, George Jones, and Keith Whitley. Just to name a few!

To take a walk down country music's past, listen to Left Frizzell's "Long Black Veil" below. 

LYRCIS BELOW

Ten years ago, on a cold dark night
There was someone 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

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
For 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 when the night winds wail
Nobody knows, nobody sees
Nobody knows but me

The scaffold is high, and eternity nears
She stood in the crowd and shed not a tear
But sometimes at night when the cold wind mourns
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, nobody knows but me, nobody knows but me

 

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