The Jazz Butcher
The Jazz Butcher Lyrics The Devil Is My Friend


The Devil Is My Friend
The Devil is my friend
The Devil is my friend
Wherever I go, the Devil goes
The Devil is my friend

I went out one spring morning
To find myself a friend
Someone I could believe in
Until the very end
I found myself the Devil
He was sitting in a bar
He bought me fifteen Rum and Cokes
And then he went too far


And now it's Easter
I'm feeling mighty low
That dirty rotten Devil
He said he had to go
Dirty stinking Devil
I'll shoot him with my gun
The Devil's bad, he made me mad
The Devil is a bum


And Godzilla is my friend
Godzilla is my friend
Wherever I go, Godzilla goes
Godzilla is my friend

And Frank Sinatra is my friend
Frank Sinatra is my friend
Wherever I go Sinatra goes
Frankie is my friend

Chenenko was my friend
And Brezhnev was my friend
And Andropov he just dropped off
Now Gorbachev is my friend

And Love And Rockets are my friends
Love and Rockets are my friend
David, Kevin, Daniel
Everyone of them round the bend

And the Queen is my friend
Harvey Dean is my friend
And Idi Amin know what I mean? -
Was someone they met at a party


yee hah.

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Live Stats

24 documented performances (click to explore)
1982 1 (JBC)
1985 4 (JBC)
1986 7 (JBC)
1987 4 (JBC)
1988 1 (JBC)
1989 6 (JBC)
1992 1 (JBC)


1 Recorded Live Performances
1989-12-10 The Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, USA West Coast '89 Cassette
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Who the heck is Harvey Dean?
And what is he doing in this song, other than rhyming with Idi Amin?

All these years of listening to this fabulous song, and I never thought to ask...
Mark-Canada 30Jan2011 8:21 PM
song mp3
I have The Devil Is My Friend. If anyone still wants it, please email me at kokujin606[at]
Jin Kokuro 6Apr2008 7:58 PM
Any luck with the Devil?
Has anyone managed to buy or beg an mp3 of the
devil is my friend? I'm tired of dragging out
my turntable...
Mark in Waterloo 24Nov2007 4:43 PM
the devil is my friend
Please, can anyone point me in the direction of where to purchase the song: The Devil is My Friend? Or can send me a copy digitally.
Mike/Seattle 10Aug2007 12:23 PM
Bring back Bloody Nonsense
Please? Please please please? Please re-release Bloody Nonsense on CD in the U.S.!!! I had an audio cassette of it long long ago, but it was stolen by a theiving miscreant and I've never been able to find another copy. Some of the songs have appeared on other albums, but the absence of "The Devil is My Friend" leaves a hole in my soul. Please- I and thousands of other U.S. fans are begging, re-release Bloody Nonsense! I'll pay through the nose for it! Really!
Chris in Virginia 5Jul2007 1:37 PM
Does anyone out there know of a site that I can download this track from? Please post it if you do, Cheers
Brian,Erdington,U.K 27Apr2007 3:51 AM
Devil Is My Friend
Even though the devil has never been my friend, this tune is downright catchy & wrought with humour. I remember in the latter 80's being with friends of mine listening to this album over & over again. I am not into the party scene anymore but I think we got a bit carried away because the Devil Is My Friend is practically the ONLY song I remember from this album despite the fact we listened to this album everytime we went somewhere looking for the next party.
Salem, OR USA 18Jan2005 2:23 AM
Reissue or Electric
I still hum this one to myself. You really should make some of these older songs avaialable again. I am sure one the more artist friendly pay for download sites would love to get these great old songs.
Long Clawson, UK 16Oct2004 10:26 AM
I heard this song on the radio. There must be a way to listen to
it without buying the album; I am but a poor college student.
Multiple searches yielded no results. Why such a buried
Manchester 21Aug2004 6:59 PM
Devil is my friend
Would like to find a recording, it's so much fun. We sing it to our kitten who bats the old cat. He's a devil, he's a bum!!!
mcommmerford[at] 26Feb2004 5:19 PM
Listening to "The Devil..."
Yeah, this song is a helluva lot of fun! An MP3, or maybe even better yet, a re-release of this song would fantastic! I miss some of the old stuff......
San Fransico 5Jan2004 3:05 PM
how about an mp3 of this song?
I love this song. I have an urge to hear it right this
moment. But no sample or mp3 is here. Too bad for me.
1Aug2002 8:15 AM