Grateful Dead American Beauty 1970
Friend of the Devil-A Rock and Roll Epistle
By Richard Girard
"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."
"Friend of the Devil," American Beauty,
Grateful Dead, 1970
When I watch the Republican Presidential debates, I am always struck by how such a collection of adulterers, usurers, publicans, wannabe slave factors, and proponents of other types of sociopathic behavior can possibly be considered for the highest office in our land. When I hear them espouse their "high Christian ideals and values," when every last one of them supports the death penalty, I am convinced that I would rather be friends with the Devil than any of those hypocrites.