Grateful Dead — Friend Of The Devil
Album: American Beauty
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Released: 1970
Length: 3:20
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I lit out from Reno, I was trailed by twenty hounds
Didn't get to sleep that night 'til 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

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
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 pinem wrote:
Vastly over-rated group as are all of their songs. IMO 

 
I don't like the Grateful Dead, but I HATE the term "over-rated"!
 fredriley wrote:
Bill: "Music now from the Grateful Dead". Thanks for the warning, Bill, and many thanks for providing an escape route. TFF PSD :)

 
LOL!      I am definitely not a deadhead but this song is a classic.  
 Kaisersosay wrote:


 
12 ,,, now 12,,,,,,,,,,
(where did I put that tiny doobie, in the night stand or was it the sock drawer... ?   : )  
Phil Lesh on bass Ladies & Gentlemen, make him feel welcome

{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}
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
Typasbed/JOTA.....
HA! {#Rolleyes}  {#Moon} {#Naughty} I just love all of the music critics on this site.  You're all so, ah, learned!  I was never a Dead fan, and didn't own any of their music.  However they created the genre fifty years on which you now can trash.  So Phish?  Or any other jam band in the world? Yeah, it's because of these guys.  OK, back to your Pandora or Ipod or Imax, or Tampax - U2 and Taylor Swift are singing a duet {#Cheesygrin}
 Easy master the sound.
If there was an absolute standard against which we could judge music, then "over-rated" would have meaning.  But there isn't, and it doesn't.
Must be an American thing of a certain generation.  They are dreadfully ordinary. 
 pinem wrote:
Vastly over-rated group as are all of their songs. IMO 

 
Q:  What did the Deadhead say the day after he ran out of pot?

A:  "Man, this band sucks!"

I like that joke  but it is almost sacrilege to state it in the context of anything played from this truly great album.

 
In 1970 I was 24, recently out of the USCG, and working as a lab rat at Intl Paper’s Sterling Forest research center where Bill and his wife introduced me to a substance now known for its medicinal properties today. The Grateful Dead’s American Beauty was on the turntable as a bottle of Boone’s Farm was passed around along with the fatty. Now 45 years later, this brings back memories of a wonderful time in my life and the lives of my friends. Cherish your friends, for they will not be around forever.
Ya know, for a jam band they wrote a few really good songs!
Fantastic lyrics...telling a story. Great instrument playing. Plenty of hooks.

I guess some folks don't like these basic elements in a song. Maybe they were brought up listening to the "thud and drone" formula of the 1990s. Too bad folks.     
mine goes to ELEVEN ,,,,ELEVEN..
Time to go to the loo!
Bill: "Music now from the Grateful Dead". Thanks for the warning, Bill, and many thanks for providing an escape route. TFF PSD :)
{#Guitarist} {#Jump} {#Dancingbanana}
 k-man wrote:


Actually, I think the only overrated song of theirs is What's Become of the Baby.

 
When has What's Become of the Baby ever been rated? Maybe you were listening to it under conditions similar to those of the musicians when they recorded it, in which case there may have been some commentary no one else heard? The sense of time slowing down to a trickle suffuses that "song". I guess it is easy to see why it got a bit less air play than Friend of the Devil, at least where I lived when it was released.
 pinem wrote:
Vastly over-rated group as are all of their songs. IMO 

 

Actually, I think the only overrated song of theirs is What's Become of the Baby.