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Thread #22674   Message #794399
Posted By: Art Thieme
30-Sep-02 - 07:48 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Long Black Veil
Subject: RE: Info Please: Long Black Veil
Friends, I do feel that this is about as close to a song about ghosts and other supernatural / occult topics that you will ever see in a commercially produced and distributed song in these still terribly puritanical United States. In the world of folk lyrics, hovering in the mists of the oral tradition for all to see, are the ghosts conversing with family etc. in songs like "The Lady Gay", "Lost Jimmy Whalen", "Tamlyn" and a few others derived from the English and Scottish (Irish too) Popular Ballads. But only this and, maybe, the Country Gentlemen's "Bringing Mary Home" are all that vome to mind at present.

Art Thieme