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"[W]e want everything for our band. We want to be the loudest, we want to be the poppiest, we want to be the funkiest, the freakiest." — Bono

The Long Black Veil Lyrics

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Ten years ago on a cold, dark night 

There was someone was killed 'neath the town hall light 

Just a few at the scene and they all did agree 

That the man who ran looked a lot like me 



Well the judge said, son, what's your alibi

If you were somewhere else, well, you don't have to die

But I spoke not a word, though it meant my life 

I'd 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, Lord, nobody sees

Nobody knows but me 



Well, the scaffold's high and eternity nears 

She stands in the crowd and sheds not a tear

But sometimes at night when the cold winds moans

In a long, black veil she cries all over my bones 



She walks these hills in a long, black veil 

She visits my grave when the night winds wail

Nobody knows, Lord, nobody sees

Nobody knows but me
Nobody knows but me, yeah

(This song, performed by Mick Jagger and the Chieftains, is rumored to have Bono on backing vocals)