Friend of the Devil
The Grateful Dead
Words by Robert Hunter
     I lit out 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 take my time
     A friend of the Devil is a friend of mine
     If I get home before daylight
     I 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 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 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 might get some sleep tonight 

Reprinted with permissions: copyright Ice Nine Publishing - see Grateful Dead Lyrics

There's another verse written and performed by Robert Hunter but never by the Grateful Dead or Jerry Garcia. It comes after the "ran into the devil" verse


You can borrow from the devil,
or you can borrow from a friend,
but the devil will give you 20,
when your friend's got only 10




reprinted with permissions: copyright Ice Nine Publishing

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