The Devil Rode Out

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Robert Hunter

A new song first performed by Robert Hunter in 2001. The title appeared in setlists as "Love To Me" until Hunter posted the lyrics and correct title in his Road Journal.

Devil rode out thru the Gate of Horn
His eyes were red his chaps were torn
Brain was boiling with malcontent
Stars spinning in the firmament
Devil rode out on a coal black mare
who stepped so high she walked on air
Stepped so low her withers sank
in runoff mud from the river bank

Love to me
Ooh love to me
Won't you ever give your love?

Devil rode home thru the Ivory Gate
Between two hearts no road is straight
Slept all day 'til the sun went down
Dreamed of a girl named Peggy Brown
who lived in the west of Terrapin
with her Uncle Jack O'Flynn
an Irishman from Labrador
with signs & portents on his door

Love to me
Ooh love to me
Won't you ever give your love?

I only tell what I was told
I would not lie to save my soul
were it not already sold
to God above and Christ below
I look up from my bed of pain
to three blood oranges in the rain
hanging from the sky so low
Forgive me love for I must go

Run oh run oh blindman run
through lightning blasted trees
wintertime not yet begun
and snow up to your knees
Summertime not fully passed
and still the autumn leaves
cover up the hollow grass
and owls nest in the eaves

Love to me
Ooh love to me
Won't you ever give your love?

Solitary through the night
The pinions of his soul took flight
pursuing power, wealth and fame
while love forsaken called his name
Rings of roses round her bed
A cross of ashes on her head
A curse that never can forgive
long as broken hearts shall live

Love to me
Ooh love to me
Won't you ever give your love?

Screams of laughter, screams of pain
Devil rode out in the pouring rain
The roads were tears, the river mud
the hours years, the wind was blood
Above a storm of shooting stars
Angels played on sweet guitars
songs of silver, gold and steel
lovely tunes but nothing real

Love to me
Ooh love to me
Won't you ever give your love?