Marijohn Wilkin wrote a number of hit songs including “Long Black Veil” and Stonewall Jackson’s big hit, “Waterloo,” but later in life she began writing only Christian songs, and in 1975 her song “One Day at a Time,” won a Dove award as Song of the Year. She recorded several gospel albums on Word Records in the 1970s and this is one of my favorites. It’s in 3/4 time, and I played it in the key of C.
Long Black Veil was written by Marijohn Wilkin and Danny Dill in 1959 and recorded that same year by country singer Lefty Frizzell. After it was written Dill called it an “instant folksong.” Lefty’s record reached #6 on the country charts, but over the years it has become even more popular, being recorded by hundreds of artists including Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews Band, Joan Baez, and The Band even performed it at Woodstock in 1969. It was written from the man’s perspective, but in 1960 in an unreleased version, co-writer Marijohn Wilkin recorded a different version from the female perspective.
This is a gospel song written by Marijohn Wilkin back in the 1960s (or maybe the early 1970s). It fits the clawhammer style for the ukulele perfectly but you can strum it normally if you prefer. I recorded it in the key of F and the chord progression is really simple (not even a Bb chord to deal with). If you need help with the clawhammer strum be sure to watch my clawhammer tutorial series.