Long Black Veil
by Isabella Rotman
All text/lyrics from the folk song Long Black Veil, originally written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin and recorded by Lefty Frizzell in 1959. Since then Long Black Veil has been covered by many artists, including Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, and my Nonnie.
My favorite part of any family holiday was when three generations of women would gather together to sing murder ballads. These are the times I would feel most connected to my Nonnie, and all it took was a morbid plot, the celebration of death, and four simple chords. So here it is, my take of a beloved family tradition, adoringly interpreted into an old-timey lesbian witch ballad. The love of music lives on.