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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The title comes from a rather noir little TV series from the early Sixties wherein the great Herbert Lom played the extremely sexy and not entirely unbrilliant Dr. Alexander Kordu, a psychiatrist with the handy ability to sort out even the most appalling cases within sixty minutes.
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Bloody Nonsense
The Jazz Butcher and his group are not in the business of belonging; they are too old and too obstreperous to conform to some attention-seeking image or commercially viable formula. Rather, they bring their not inconsiderable talents to bear on whatever happens to be in the way at the time. The results can only be described as essential.
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Dr Cholmondley Repents: A​-​sides, B​-​Sides and Seasides
Four CD box set gathering A-sides, the would-be hits along with B-sides, tangential 12-inch tracks (the C-sides), and an excellent session for Los Angeles radio station KCRW from 1989.

Includes over a dozen indie chart hits including ‘Southern Mark Smith’, ‘Girl Go’, ‘The Human Jungle’, ‘16 Years’ plus a host of truly eclectic Butcher tunes from his early Glass recordings through his time at Creation.

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Live Stats

23 documented performances (click to explore)
1982 1 (JBC)
1985 4 (JBC)
1986 7 (JBC)
1987 4 (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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  • ask & ye shall receive
    rtx[at] - rtx USA
    11Sep2022 11:14 PM (1 year 86 days ago)
    OK, found the musicians lineup, still interested in seeing that dissonant chord progression.
    (Hmm, I wonder if that old program, Riffstation can figure it out, if I can get Riffstation to still work)
  • tabs for Devil is my Friend?
    rtx[at] - rtx USA
    11Sep2022 11:03 PM (1 year 86 days ago)
    I've not heard of these guys before today; missed out!
    I just listened through all of Bloody Nonsense, it's great! No clue who played what instruments. Who played guitar on this & other songs? Are musicians listed on this site?
    The dissonance at about 0:50 on The Devil is my Friend is appealing. What evil genius thought that up and made it work? Is that chord progression written down anywhere?
  • Who the heck is Harvey Dean?
    m23prime[at] - Mark-Canada
    30Jan2011 8:21 PM (12 years 313 days ago)
    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...
  • song mp3
    kokujin606[at] - Jin Kokuro
    6Apr2008 7:58 PM (15 years 247 days ago)
    I have The Devil Is My Friend. If anyone still wants it, please email me at kokujin606[at]
  • Any luck with the Devil?
    mark.giesbrecht[at] - Mark in Waterloo
    24Nov2007 4:43 PM (16 years 16 days ago)
    Has anyone managed to buy or beg an mp3 of the
    devil is my friend? I'm tired of dragging out
    my turntable...
  • the devil is my friend
    mikeglas[at] - Mike/Seattle
    10Aug2007 12:23 PM (16 years 122 days ago)
    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.
  • Bring back Bloody Nonsense
    clownson[at] - Chris in Virginia
    5Jul2007 1:37 PM (16 years 158 days ago)
    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!
  • Downloads
    maghaberry[at] - Brian,Erdington,U.K
    27Apr2007 3:51 AM (16 years 228 days ago)
    Does anyone out there know of a site that I can download this track from? Please post it if you do, Cheers
  • Devil Is My Friend
    purplevioletsquishies[at] - Salem, OR USA
    18Jan2005 2:23 AM (18 years 327 days ago)
    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.
  • Reissue or Electric
    tancread(at)tanzanica(dot)com - Long Clawson, UK
    16Oct2004 10:26 AM (19 years 55 days ago)
    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.
  • HELP!
    henri_obi44[at] - Manchester
    21Aug2004 6:59 PM (19 years 111 days ago)
    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
  • Devil is my friend
    Homewood, IL - mcommmerford[at]
    26Feb2004 5:19 PM (19 years 288 days ago)
    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!!!
  • Listening to "The Devil..."
    Dijana[at] - San Fransico
    5Jan2004 3:05 PM (19 years 340 days ago)
    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......
  • how about an mp3 of this song?
    1Aug2002 8:15 AM (21 years 132 days ago)
    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.