Long Black Limousine

Wynn Stewart, Sly & Sal

About Long Black Limousine

"Long Black Limousine" is a song written by Vern Stovall and Bobby George. The first released version was Stovall's, in 1961, followed by Glen Campbell's in 1962. The best-known version is probably the one by Elvis Presley. Stovall and George, country musicians based in southern California, probably wrote the song in 1958, when it was first recorded (but not released until many years later) by Wynn Stewart. The only charting single of the song (in 1968 it reached number 73 on the US country chart) was Jody Miller's, her version was also on her 1968 album The Nashville Sound of Jody Miller. O. C. Smith's version was released as the B-side of his million-selling crossover hit "Little Green Apples" in 1968. Elvis Presley's version appeared on his 1969 From Elvis in Memphis album. Many other artists have covered the song, including Bobby Bare (1964), Glen Campbell (1964), Merle Haggard (1967), Jeannie Seely (1968), Connie Smith (1969), The Grateful Dead (1969), Doug Jernigan (1970), Rattlesnake Annie (1981), Carl Rutherford (2001), and Barb Jungr (2005). 


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See her ridin' in that long black limousine
There's a long line of mourners driving down our little street
And their fancy cars are such a sight to see
Must be all her rich friends that knew her in the city
Yes they finally brought her home to me

All the papers told of how she lost her life
Bout the party and the fatal crash that night
The race upon the highway and the curve no one had seen
Now she's ridin' in that long black limousine

When she left home she told me that someday she'll be returnin'
And she'd leave in a fancy car for all the town to see
And now everyone is watchin' and I guess at last she found her dream
Cause there she goes she's ridin' in a long black limousine

Through tear dimmed eyes I watched as she ride by
With a chauffeur at the wheel dressed up so fine
Oh I'll never love another for my heart and all my dreams
Are with her in that long black limousine
See her ridin' in that long black limousine

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Wynn Stewart

Winford Lindsey Stewart (June 7, 1934–July 17, 1985), better known as Wynn Stewart, was an American country music performer. He was one of the progenitors of the Bakersfield sound. Although not a huge chart success, he was an inspiration to such greats as Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. more »

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