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Jerry Garcia and John Dawson, of New Riders Of The Purple Sage, wrote the music to Friend Of The Devil, and lyrics were added by Robert Hunter. It was released on the Grateful Dead album American Beauty in 1970. Friend Of The Devil is in a simple 4 time but better counted in 2, making it in cut time (2/2). This is mostly due to the quick tempo of the song. The feel is mainly a folk style, although there are definite leanings toward bluegrass, partly due to the addition of the mandolin. It is played in the key of G, and features the descending major scale as the main theme