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    Does anyone have tab to Friend of the Devil? Specifically the intro and solo? I heard this song played at Winfield and absolutely loved it, but I can't find anything dealing with mandolin tab.

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    yeah, I read that before but I'm not very good at playing by ear yet. I can play simple tunes by ear, but not something like this. I was hoping that someone had either tab or standard musical notation for it.

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    This is a pretty simple tune.

    The intro is G and C chords with a walk down.
    So start 0523 and walk the D string down 0423, 0223, 0023. Then move it over to the C chord 5230, 4230, 2230, 0230. That's it for the intro and verses (just G and C).

    (chords don't quite line up with actual position with this font)
    VERSE:
    G
    I lit out from Reno,
    # # # #C
    I was trailed by twenty hounds
    G
    Didn't get to sleep that night
    # # # # #C
    'Till the morning came around.

    CHORUS:
    D
    Set out runnin' but I take my time
    #Am
    A friend of the devil is a friend of mine
    # D
    If I get home before daylight,
    #Am # # # # # # # # # ## # # # ## D
    I just might get some sleep tonight.


    BRIDGE:
    D
    Got two reasons why I cry
    D
    Away each lonely night,
    # #C
    The first one's named Sweet Anne Marie,
    # #C # # # # # # # # # # # # #C #C#
    And she's my hearts delight.
    # #D
    The second one is prison, baby,
    # #D
    The sheriff's on my trail,
    # #Am
    And if he catches up with me,
    # # C # # # # # # # #D
    I'll spend my life in jail.


    When you talk about a solo, what version are you referring to? Make up your own, just noodle in the key of G.

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    It sounds better to me to throw a C between the Am and D on the last line of the chorus.

    CHORUS:
    D
    Set out runnin' but I take my time
    Am
    A friend of the devil is a friend of mine
    #D
    If I get home before daylight,
    Am # # # # # # # # # # # ## # # #C # ## D
    I just might get some sleep tonight.

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    Thanks man, I'm not sure what all that means, but i'll give it a go!

    Dylan

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    Not sure if anyone cares about this 9 years later, but I just transcribed the mandolin intro and solo from the Garcia/Grisman version of the song.

    Friend of the Devil: Grisman Mandolin Intro and Solo

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    Thanks....that particular lead in to that particular version of that particular song literally stopped me in my tracks the first time I heard it. And caused me to pick up a mandolin. It still gives me a huge thrill every time I hear it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bendhoward View Post
    Not sure if anyone cares about this 9 years later, but I just transcribed the mandolin intro and solo from the Garcia/Grisman version of the song.

    Friend of the Devil: Grisman Mandolin Intro and Solo
    Nice job. Them 2 guys had a certain thing between them.

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    Wow, thanks bendhoward, I've been working on this tune lately.
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    Yes, very nice job indeed. Thanks for posting your work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bendhoward View Post
    Not sure if anyone cares about this 9 years later, but I just transcribed the mandolin intro and solo from the Garcia/Grisman version of the song.

    Friend of the Devil: Grisman Mandolin Intro and Solo
    Good work.

    FYI This version is on the Garcia/Grisman recording on Acoustic Disc - ACD 2
    While bluegrasser play this song fast Jerry goes the other way. Sweet.

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    This thread jogged a memory...
    I saw the Dead in '70 or so, and Jerry sang a verse that has since disappeared?

    I'm sure it's out there, because if the Faithful Fed so much as sneezed on stage, it was captured on tape...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spruce View Post
    This thread jogged a memory...
    I saw the Dead in '70 or so, and Jerry sang a verse that has since disappeared?

    I'm sure it's out there, because if the Faithful Fed so much as sneezed on stage, it was captured on tape...

    You can borrow from the devil, you can borrow from a friend
    But the devil will give you twenty, when your friend got only ten


    Robert Hunter (lyricist for Garcia) always sings this verse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Visentin View Post
    You can borrow from the devil, you can borrow from a friend
    But the devil will give you twenty, when your friend got only ten
    Uhhh, maybe something different??
    47 year old memory, so not quite sharp as a tack...
    I do know I (surprisingly) heard it again on a '72 recording...will do a tad of research...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bendhoward View Post
    Not sure if anyone cares about this 9 years later, but I just transcribed the mandolin intro and solo from the Garcia/Grisman version of the song.

    Friend of the Devil: Grisman Mandolin Intro and Solo
    I care and was just about to listen to this version tonight. PERFECT Timing

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    maybe ill turn it into a tab

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    ckmando . . . a tab version would be more than appreciated. Standard notation is above my pay grade, and I suspect a few others too. Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandolin breeze View Post
    ckmando . . . a tab version would be more than appreciated. Standard notation is above my pay grade, and I suspect a few others too. Thanks in advance.

    Me too!

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    Also want to say, tabs would be deeply appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bendhoward View Post
    Not sure if anyone cares about this 9 years later, but I just transcribed the mandolin intro and solo from the Garcia/Grisman version of the song.

    Friend of the Devil: Grisman Mandolin Intro and Solo
    I play the song with my other half alot , I usually just play the chords alittle then solo, which she hates most of the time , I'll have to go thru your notation and surprise her, I have time off coming up and she does also so thanks for posting the notation
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    I care
    Do you have the tef file?

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    I have been playing this song for years on guitar and have played it slow like on the Dead Set LP as opposed to the faster bluegrass versions I have heard. A great tune indeed and this thread has been helpful in beginning to play it on mandolin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spruce View Post
    Uhhh, maybe something different??
    47 year old memory, so not quite sharp as a tack...
    I do know I (surprisingly) heard it again on a '72 recording...will do a tad of research...
    You guys ever check out the Dead shows on archive.org to figure out which show it was?
    https://archive.org/details/GratefulDead

    happy hunting!
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