Friend of the Devil - Single

by Dusty Wright

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This is one of my favorite tunes from one of my favorite bands. Fourth song in my series of favorite Americana cover tunes. So far I've released The Long Black Veil, Bad Moon Rising, and Mellow Yellow (featuring Donovan).

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I lit out from Reno / I was trailed by twenty hounds
Didn't get to sleep that 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 he 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 hearts 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
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

Got two reasons why I cry away each lonely night
The first one's named sweet Anne Marie and she's my hearts 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
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

credits

released April 1, 2021
Dusty Wright - vocals, harmonica, acoustic 6 & 12-string guitars
Jonathan K. Bendis - mandolin
Kevin Mackall - bass
Bobby Bird Burke - drums

Produced by Martin John Butler & Dusty Wright. Mixed by Martin John Butler at Two Dogs Studio, NYC. Recorded at Casa dei Pini, NY. Mastered by Margaret Luthar at Welcome To 1979, Nashville. Written by Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia, John Dawson.

Original cover artwork by Spanish painter Pablo Iglesias Prada!

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I'm a singer-songwriter from NYC.

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