Friend of the Devil Lyrics

Grateful Dead


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Jerome J. Garcia, John C. Dawson, Robert C. Hunter
album: Track 2 in album American Beauty
release date: 1970-11-1
popularity : 8 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Blues Folk, World, & Country
styles: Blues Rock/Country Rock/Psychedelic Rock/Acoustic
length: 3:25
producer: Grateful Dead
mandolin: David Grisman
co-producer: Stephen Barncard
composer: John Dawson, Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter
lyricist: Robert Hunter

Cover Art

Grateful Dead American Beauty cover art
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I lit up from Reno
I was trailed by twenty hounds
Didn't get to sleep that night
Till the morning came around

I set out running but I'll 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, babe
He loaned me twenty bills
I spent that night in Utah
In a cave up in the hills

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 down to the levee
But the Devil caught me there
He took my twenty dollar bill
And he 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

Got two reasons why I cry
Away each lonely night
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
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

Got two reasons why I cry
Away each lonely night
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
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


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Box of Rain
  • 2 Friend of the Devil
  • 3 Sugar Magnolia
  • 4 Operator
  • 5 Candyman
  • 6 Ripple
  • 7 Brokedown Palace
  • 8 Till the Morning Comes
  • 9 Attics of My Life
  • 10 Truckin’