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Lyle Lovett — Friend Of The Devil
Album: Deadicated
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Released: 1991
Length: 4:06
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I lit out from Reno, I was trailed by twenty hounds
I didn't get to sleep that night 'till the morning came around
I 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 into the devil and he loaned me twenty bills
I spent the night in Utah in a cave up in the hills
I 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
I 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 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

I 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
I 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 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
I 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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Funny, I prefer this over all GD and Jerry variations because of the lack of manic energy. Such a beautiful tribute.
never heard this remake, thanks for intro sounds great
 idiot_wind wrote:
Just play some freakin GD!!!
 Right on!
I love Lyle, but all the manic energy is missing in this version.
Better to be misquoted than not quoted at all.
Given that ramjett57 chooses to use the current president’s verbal stylings to make his case, I rest mine. More like this, Bill ‘n Becca. Phenomenal cover of a very good song.
Haha Agreed!  I like this slower version.
 
Jimhrguy wrote:
If Gas Station Chinese food is as good as this, I'll have to give it a try. But ...I've never seen Chinese food in a gas station.
rramjett57 wrote:
While I normally don't comment on a song twice... I can't help myself today.
 
This version compared to the original, is like getting Chinese food from a gas station.
 
Please, for the love of music... stop playing this version.
 

 

 cely wrote:
Brilliant. The Dead's version is fun and bouncy, but this weary version is much more what the song needs.  And, forgive me, the band is better here.
 I agree on both counts. Lyle has always had top-flight musicians in his bands.

I'm not taking anything away from the original, this is just a different interpretation of the mood the lyrics set.
c.

 rramjett57 wrote:
Created an account to chime in on just how bad this cover is.
 
To comment in the style of our current President... HORRIBLE!
 
Please relegate it to the dustbin, where horrible covers go to die a well deserved death.
 

Wow! You really hate this. I like it.
If Gas Station Chinese food is as good as this, I'll have to give it a try. But ...I've never seen Chinese food in a gas station.
rramjett57 wrote:
While I normally don't comment on a song twice... I can't help myself today.
 
This version compared to the original, is like getting Chinese food from a gas station.
 
Please, for the love of music... stop playing this version.
 

While I normally don't comment on a song twice... I can't help myself today.
 
This version compared to the original, is like getting Chinese food from a gas station.
 
Please, for the love of music... stop playing this version.
 melzabutch wrote:
Brilliant album.  Janes Addiction finishing up this disk is great.

 
{#Crown} What he said!!  I love the Los Lobos cover of Bertha too!
I love this entire album!{#Bananasplit}
Created an account to chime in on just how bad this cover is.
 
To comment in the style of our current President... HORRIBLE!
 
Please relegate it to the dustbin, where horrible covers go to die a well deserved death.
Sweet! a Two-fer from this album ending a trio of Dead. Thanks Bill! Whoa! Another! Happy Birthday Jerry!!! August 1st is almost here!
Great cover! Love Lyle.
Brilliant. The Dead's version is fun and bouncy, but this weary version is much more what the song needs.  And, forgive me, the band is better here.
this version always gets me........ damn
Brilliant album.  Janes Addiction finishing up this disk is great.
I've always enjoyed this cover. Might have to cue this whole album up today.
Interesting social comment (I hope)... you can tell a song is older than about 10 years if it has words like:-

 "I 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"

The song must have been written in the days before a DNA or Paternity test solved that particular problem! 


Yawn {#Yawn}
I enjoy these little Dead cover stints. It's how RP keeps Deadheads and non-Deadheads happy.
best thing on this was Los Lobo's Bertha
gave it seven just for the cover art and cleaver play on title.
There is a new dead cover compilation called 'Day of the Dead' with a bunch of good tunes on it, check it out.  Particularly good it St. Stephen done by Wilco with Bob Weir.  It sounds like it was recorded with a crowd mic, which I though was hokey at the beginning but by the end I was totally into it.
When you hear two dead covers in a row around here I think we can assume we will be blessed with an actual dead tune soon... 
Another of my favorite artists covering a favorite song. Not a Dead-head but some of their songs are truly special. I agree that Los Lobos covering "Bertha" is more spirited. But this is nice.
Hey the two dead songs that will be played at my funeral someday,,, hope that's not too soon . Weird.....
lifeless is right man! (who'd want their child to look like hound-faced Lyle?)
i much prefer Los Lobos cover of Bertha off this collection
this is kinda lifeless, Lovett. 
Blah! I love the original too much. This sounds like Jerry on Valium.
Two Dead songs in a row? Me likey! 
How elegant & haunting is that steel? Ho man ...
What about asking good old Jerry in heaven about it? 
I like Lyle - seen him in concert three times - but this isn't one of his better songs. Lyle has so many truly great songs there's no need to listen to this one.
Thank you Radio Paradise
for exposing me to songs and artist combinations which I would never have heard anywhere else
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Love My Radio Paradise....
Whether listening on my computer, or dancing to it in the virtual world of Second Life
or playing on my phone...
Taking you with me .. where ever I am....
Thank you 
 Kaisersosay wrote:
Sorry, I don't mind Lyle and all,, but this song is so sacrosanct to me for so many reasons, It just does not work

 
Nice to know.  For me, I'll take Lyle every time.
Just play some freakin GD!!!
Sorry, I don't mind Lyle and all,, but this song is so sacrosanct to me for so many reasons, It just does not work
{#Sunny}
Thank goodness for PSD! Horrific
So he just repeats the first verse three times, like we didn't hear him the first or second time?
 Typesbad wrote:
Really like Lyle and I've always liked this song but neither manages to bring out the best of the other.

 




Seriously Tyepsydab...if you really liked Lyle, .. You'd Lovett!  Promise..   ;)

Sheeeot, Bill.  Back-to-back crap-assed Dead covers?

Especially this one?  Lyle is the modern-day Pat Boone of Country.

  Please play some Live Dead.   Any more of these covers, AND I'll BE DEAD!


Really like Lyle and I've always liked this song but neither manages to bring out the best of the other.
 a_hevel wrote:
Maybe the best cover on this album.

 
My vote goes to Burning Spear's version of Estimated Prophet - vastly different than the original.
So this is what the song sounds like on downers
 spacemoose wrote:

My favorite from this album in Elvis's version of "Ship of fools".  I also really liked the cover Ripple.

 
I'll throw Wharf Rat into the mix.
 oldfart48 wrote:
IT'S PEOPLE LIKE LYLE WHO SAVE TEXASS...{#Cowboy} and I hope Jerry got to hear this

 
With respect, this ain't going to save Texas.
 a_hevel wrote:
Maybe the best cover on this album.

 
In that case, the rest of the album must be awful, because this is (to my ears) pretty much the definition of "ho-hum."
 ericconrad wrote:
This is a good cover, but it's 3rd-best song on Deadicated. The best is Bertha, by Los Lobos. 

Bill: please add Los Lobos' awesome cover of Bertha to the playlist! 

Edit: it's on the playlist. I love this station!

 
My favorite from this album in Elvis's version of "Ship of fools".  I also really liked the cover Ripple.
Maybe the best cover on this album.
This is a good cover, but it's 3rd-best song on Deadicated. The best is Bertha, by Los Lobos. 

Bill: please add Los Lobos' awesome cover of Bertha to the playlist! 

Edit: it's on the playlist. I love this station!
 Tralfamadorian wrote:
Boring?  I try to buy this song every time I hear it.  Only to be disappointed, as it seems to be yet one more of those sublime pieces that Bill finds but the rest of us can't acquire.  Guess that's one way to keep us tuned in ...

Boring?  An excellent, subtle piece of work, if you ask me.  Keep this one in the rotation, please.

Boring?  Maybe you meant to type "beautiful"?

 
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 heatherchickenlady wrote:
Mr Lovett almost makes the Dead listenable. Here's to Lyle lovett.

 
Ha! That's exactly what I was thinking. Thank you! {#Yes}
So this song... he wrote like just one verse and handed it in?
 stevano wrote:

His ex-wife, Julia Roberts, might disagree...

 

I wonder if maybe his Large Band had something to do with it.
did he just say "jail-bait"?
yup... yup, he did.
Boring?  I try to buy this song every time I hear it.  Only to be disappointed, as it seems to be yet one more of those sublime pieces that Bill finds but the rest of us can't acquire.  Guess that's one way to keep us tuned in ...

Boring?  An excellent, subtle piece of work, if you ask me.  Keep this one in the rotation, please.

Boring?  Maybe you meant to type "beautiful"?
boring boring boring
This song should not be a dirge.  It's really driving me up a wall!  Definitive sucko-barfo.
 michaelgmitchell wrote:

Funny, just what I was thinking. Lyle's body of work didn't need to include this, regardless of what Jerry asked of him. This is just flat. Done in his sleep.
 



Ha... One of the few tunes I can tolerate of his...although I know I'm almost alone here with this opinion
 colt4x5 wrote:
It's a great song, and I'm a big Lyle fan, but the combination just dddrrraaagggsss. 
 
Funny, just what I was thinking. Lyle's body of work didn't need to include this, regardless of what Jerry asked of him. This is just flat. Done in his sleep.
A second Dead cover in a row . . . good stuff.  Perhaps next we're onto the real Deal?
This is a very good cover.  Well done.
Nice cover.
He did this cover at the request of Jerry.  Lyle said, "when Jerry Garcia calls you, you just say yes.  I'll never forget that call as long as I live."

George_Tirebiter wrote:
What - did Lyle use up his own songs and this was all that was left?  Lyle's a talented guy, but this is 3.
 
 George_Tirebiter wrote:
What - did Lyle use up his own songs and this was all that was left?  Lyle's a talented guy, but this is 3.
 
Ever heard of a "Tribute Album?"  This one ranks very very high.
 toterola wrote:
One of my favorite CDs. The covers of this song, "Jack Straw", "Ship of Fools", "Cassidy", "Bertha"... I wouldn't take anything for it. {#Clap}
 
Thanks for the reminder. This is indeed a great cd...I'll have to bust it out and dust it off.
 jim1964 wrote:
This has always been one of my favorite Dead songs but I gotta say I sure like Lyle's take.
 
I Quite Agree!!{#Cheers}
This has always been one of my favorite Dead songs but I gotta say I sure like Lyle's take.
It's a great song, and I'm a big Lyle fan, but the combination just dddrrraaagggsss. 
Just sit back and let this song go...don't analyze it to death..  just sit back and let it flow.  I like this cover just fine!
...never be without a friend..

A FRIEND OF THE DEVIL
What - did Lyle use up his own songs and this was all that was left?  Lyle's a talented guy, but this is 3.
 Proclivities wrote:

Physical appearance and vocal abilities are generally not related to one another, but you probably already know that.   Think of the inverse, though: how many pretty "singers" are there who do not have good voices?

 
Universal answer for all such questions: Mick Jagger.  {#Iamwithstupid}

I suppose in concert this might be a treat, but if I'm going to listen to a recording I'd rather have it be the Dead.
Lyle's version of this tune is most excellent!
 Ntropy wrote:

I think he's very handsome.. in that odd, rugged way.  And what a mind and voice.. love the man.
 
I love Lyle's face and his voice. :)
 johnjconn wrote:
How can such an ugly guy have such a good voice.
Not a MTV star.

 
Physical appearance and vocal abilities are generally not related to one another, but you probably already know that.   Think of the inverse, though: how many pretty "singers" are there who do not have good voices?

Can't wait to see Lyle on the Cayamo cruise.
 Every post you make shows you up as a total musical retard.

Only L. Cohen is worse!!!
 


Tickling me today.  7->8
One of my favorite CDs. The covers of this song, "Jack Straw", "Ship of Fools", "Cassidy", "Bertha"... I wouldn't take anything for it. {#Clap}

Another fine example of why I like my Dead covered. . . 
 
Love, Love this cover!
 Ntropy wrote:

I think he's very handsome.. in that odd, rugged way.  And what a mind and voice.. love the man.

 
Thank you.  I've loved Lyle Lovett for a long time, but could never quite explain why. You've summed it up in a few short sentences. {#Notworthy}
 cc_rider wrote:

His appearance has an unconventional beauty to it. And when he performs, all notions about his looks disappear. He is an outstanding performer and songwriter.

 
I think he's very handsome.. in that odd, rugged way.  And what a mind and voice.. love the man.

 johnjconn wrote:
How can such an ugly guy have such a good voice.
Not a MTV star.

 
His appearance has an unconventional beauty to it. And when he performs, all notions about his looks disappear. He is an outstanding performer and songwriter.

 johnjconn wrote:
How can such an ugly guy have such a good voice.
Not a MTV star.
 
I didn't think the bar could be lowered. Congratulations are in order.
 johnjconn wrote:
How can such an ugly guy have such a good voice.
Not a MTV star.

 
His ex-wife, Julia Roberts, might disagree...

How can such an ugly guy have such a good voice.
Not a MTV star.

 Stingray wrote:
Only L. Cohen is worse!!!
 
Well, being as you are from south of Neandertal, I guess a U.S. country legend would tend to fly under your radar.  {#Roflol} And to slam Leonard Cohen is almost blasphemous. Except, well, it's you, so all bets are off. BTW - if I had your computer system and you had a feather, we'd both be tickled...
Only L. Cohen is worse!!!
Like Lyle...but not this tune.
yawn {#Sleep}

Wish they would play the original instead....
Good job Lyle.
 mediamon wrote:
This album is great. Lyle's version of this is good but the Jane's Addiction cover of Ripple is one of my favourite covers of all time. 
 
I agree about the album - and I'm definitely no Dead fan.

Burning Spear's take on "Estimated Phophet" is great.  Absolutely nothing like the original (that's a good thing).
3 -> 2

uck, play the orig please! 
Mr Lovett almost makes the Dead listenable. Here's to Lyle lovett.
This album is great. Lyle's version of this is good but the Jane's Addiction cover of Ripple is one of my favourite covers of all time. 
This one just made my day! Wow!!

{#Clap}
just what i needed to kick this friday morning off....bill you ROCK! 
 gatorade wrote:
This is a terrific compilation album. I esp. enjoy this version by Lyle L. Again, fantastic lyrics and music. Nice interpretation. 
 
Also have to add that the GD's version was my daughters favorite GD song for many years as she was growing up. 

 flatpicker wrote:
federico wrote:
the version of "ripple" by jane's addiction on this disc is superb. i will have to upload it someday ...



 
rd wrote:

Please do.  I used to have this album and that was one of my favorite tracks.
 

I would also like to hear the Jane's Addiction version of Ripple from this album.
It was a real highlight from that record (or cassette in my case).
 
I guess I need to learn about this upload feature. I have tons of stuff I could share. I also agree w/the Jane's Addiction comment. Great cover.
This is a terrific compilation album. I esp. enjoy this version by Lyle L. Again, fantastic lyrics and music. Nice interpretation. 
Not generally against covers, but I reckon he could have left this one to Jerry
This is such a great song, it is hard not to like any version of it.{#Yes}
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I find I enjoy this cover more every time I hear it. Something new appeals to me each time.
federico wrote:
the version of "ripple" by jane's addiction on this disc is superb. i will have to upload it someday ...



 
rd wrote:

Please do.  I used to have this album and that was one of my favorite tracks.

 

I would also like to hear the Jane's Addiction version of Ripple from this album.
It was a real highlight from that record (or cassette in my case).

 Mugro wrote:


{#Snooty}

The Dead STILL bring hope. Just sit back and listen. And hope. We need it (and them) more than ever today....
 
YES they do.  thanks for saying this and for all of you RPers who agree.  a day without the dead is a dead day.

This will lyle you to sleep. I don't lovett.
 federico wrote:
the version of "ripple" by jane's addiction on this disc is superb. i will have to upload it someday ...
 
Please do.  I used to have this album and that was one of my favorite tracks.

 evansdad wrote:


Me three...
 
...me 4, as much as I like the original I find Lyle's version much better, the guitars create a haunting sound.

 Mugro wrote:


{#Snooty}

The Dead STILL bring hope. Just sit back and listen. And hope. We need it (and them) more than ever today....
 
Thank you.  Clearly you get it.