Listening to Dave Matthews is pretty much an every day occasion for me. So surprises in his music come very few and far between. i can pretty much play every air-instrument to everyone of his songs. but a few years ago, i got all of his live stuff up until that time (i think he has subsequently released a ridiculous amount of live albums) and branched out to his live-only sets, which usually are covers. my favorite cover is entitled "long black veil" which is an old country song which has since been covered by pretty much everyone (see wikipedia). anyway, here are some designs i have been playing around with for the different characters of the story. the woman needs a LOT of work. the emotion just isn't right, but spot on with the source i used.

and here are the lyrics to the song:

Ten years ago on a cold dark night
Someone was killed beneath the townhall light
There were few at the scene, but they all agreed
That the slayer who ran looked a lot like me
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 judge said son, what is your alibi?
If you were somewhere else, then you wont have to die.
I said not a word, though it meant my life,
For Id been in the arms of my best friends wife.
Oh, 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.

Oh, now the scaffold is high, eternity is near
She stood in the crowd and shed not a tear
And sometimes at night when the cold winds blow
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.

Oh, 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. nobody knows, but me.
Nobody knows but me.

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