Vi propongo una bellissima versione live di “Friend of the Devil“, analoga a quella che trovate nell’album “Dead Set“.

Come di consueto nelle loro esecuzioni dal vivo, viene eseguita più lenta rispetto alla versione originale, contenuta in “American Beauty“. 

 

La canzone è scritta da Jerry Garcia e John Dawson (già fondatore dei New Riders of a Purle Sage), su testo di Robert Hunter.

Ecco il testo, nell’eventualità che desideriate cantarla mentre guardate il video.

Friend of the Devil
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.

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
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.

 

 

Friend of the Devil, oltre essere stata oggetto di numerosi rifacimenti da parte di numerosi artisti (Bob Dylan e Tom Petty, per esempio), è stata più volte incisa dai Grateful Dead.

Vi elenco gli album (escluse le raccolte), o video in commercio, in cui la potete ascoltare e gustare. Indico  anche l’anno di esecuzione/registrazione (che può anche divergere notevolmente rispetto alla data di pubblicazione, come nel caso della serie Dick’s Picks).

1971  American Beauty 

1970 Dick’s Picks Vol 8

1970 Festival Express (DVD

1972 Dick’s Picks Vol 23

1972 Dick’s Picks Vol 36

1972 Dick’s Picks Vol 11

1976 Dick’s Picks Vol 20

1976 Dick’s Picks Vol 33

1977 Download Series Vol 1

1977 Dick’s Picks Vol 15

1978 Dick’s Picks Vol 25

1978 The Closing Of The Winterland (DVD & CD)

1979 Road Trips Full Show: Spectrum 11/5/79

1979 Dick’s Picks Vol 5

1980 Dead Set

1987 View From The Vault IV (CD soundtrack only)

1990 View From The Vault III (video/DVD & CD soundtrack)

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