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Friend of the Devil
Jerry Garcia & David Grisman Lyrics


I lit out from Reno
I was trailed by twenty hounds
Didn't get to sleep last night
Till the morning came around
And I set out running but I take my time
A friend of the devil is a friend of mine
If I get home before daylight
I just might get some sleep, tonight
I ran into the devil
And he loaned me twenty bills
I spent the night in Utah
In a cave up in the hills
And I set out running but I take my time
A friend of the devil is a friend of mine
If I get home before daylight
I just might get some sleep, tonight
I got two reasons why I cry away each lonely night
The first one's named sweet Anne Marie and she's my heart's delight
Second one is prison baby, the sheriff's on my trail
And if he catches up with me I'll spend my life in jail
Got a wife in Chino babe
And one in Cherokee
First one says she's got my child

But it don't look like me
I set out running but I take my time
A friend of the devil is a friend of mine
If I get home before daylight
I just might get some sleep, tonight
I got two reasons why I cry away each lonely night
The first one's named sweet Anne Marie and she's my heart's delight
Second one is prison baby, the sheriff's on my trail
And if he catches up with me I'll spend my life in jail
I ran down to the levee
But the devil caught me there
He took my twenty dollar bill
And vanished in the air
I set out running but I take my time
A friend of the devil is a friend of mine
If I get home before daylight
I just might get some sleep, tonight
Yeah, I set out running but I take my time
A friend of the devil is a friend of mine
If I get home before daylight
I just might get some sleep, tonight

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Forrest George

I lit out from Reno, I was trailed by twenty hounds
Didn't get to sleep last night till the morning came around

Set out runnin but I take my time
A friend of the devil is a friend of mine
If I get home before daylight, I just might get some sleep tonight

Ran into the devil, babe, he loaned me twenty bills
I spent the night in Utah in a cave up in the hills

Set out runnin but I take my time, a friend of the devil is a friend of mine
If I get home before daylight, I just might get some sleep tonight

I ran down to the levee but the devil caught me there
He took my twenty dollar bill and vanished in the air

Set out runnin but I take my time
A friend of the devil is a friend of mine
If I get home before daylight, I just might get some sleep tonight

[instrumental verse]

Got two reasons why I cry away each lonely night:
The first one's named sweet Anne Marie, and she's my heart's delight
The second one is prison, babe, the sheriff's on my trail
And if he catches up with me, I'll spend my life in jail

Got a wife in Chino, babe, and one in Cherokee
The first one says she's got my child, but it don't look like me

Set out runnin but I take my time
A friend of the devil is a friend of mine
If I get home before daylight, I just might get some sleep tonight



All comments from YouTube:

Jay Lee

First time I heard this version I was like wtf. Now I can't go a day without hearing it. Been going on 10+ years now.

Jean Ely

The day Jerry died, my brother called me, and he played this over the phone. The man is dead, but the music lives on. Peace.

Phil Henningsen

Heard this yesterday on XM Radio and literally pulled over to the curb just to take it all in, just beautiful.

Caleb Siegel

If you’ve found this, you reached the end of music. All roads lead to this song.

Mike Starr

best ever - went on tour with the Dead for a year - Grisman with Garcia is better than anything they ever pulled off - peace & love to all

Sam S

Disagree but this is god

Scott Robinson

Did a pilgrimage to 710.
We instinctively started whispering as we came closer.
Old friends.
Deadheads from way back in my childhood.
It was palpable.
Wish I had better words.

Eric Bembenek

An absolute masterclass in phrasing

TheVertDeChine

I’m 28, and I’ve been listening to The Dead since I was 5, this was always my favorite song by them, and this is the first time I’ve heard this version. Now you can tell which version Counting Crows chose to do their rendition of.

Georgia Hendricks

Omg great music. How could you not love this!!

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