This song has been performed by many artists over the years, perhaps most popularly by Johnny Cash. Dave first covered it at a 1999 tribute to Cash
and has said that he thinks of it as a Johnny Cash song, though it was neither written nor originally performed by Cash but rather by Lefty Frizzell in 1959.
Along with Eh Hee
, The Maker
, So Damn Lucky
, and Stay or Leave
, this is one of just six songs that have been played by DMB, Dave & Tim, Dave & Friends, and Dave solo.
As a minor side note, Johnny Cash's versions of the song are all listed as "The Long Black Veil"; however, the song was originally titled without the definite article the
, so our listing reflects that original title. The "main lyrics" for this song are from Cash's 1965 recording on the Orange Blossom Special