Don't Be Deceived

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Robert Hunter

The sixth part of Robert Hunter's Amagamalin Street Suite.

Hey, babe, look at you -
eight shades of black and blue
You look like you could use
someone to talk to

You know, I'm in a bind
since your man is a friend of mine
I know him as a son of a gun but
he's a son of a bitch with a woman

Don't be deceived
Don't be deceived

If I had a girl like you
I know what I'd do -
and I know, yes, I do
what I wouldn't do, too

I want to help but what can I do
unless he turns on me like he did on you (note 1)
It's not a question of unconcern
To see what he's done makes me burn

Don't be deceived
Don't be deceived

I'll say it and I mean it, too,
next time he swings on you
don't you take it lying down
Honey, you just come around

You come back if it happens again
Don't feel you ain't got a friend
I'll take matters in my hands,
ethics of the road be damned

Don't be deceived
Don't be deceived

Hey, babe, look at you -
eight shades of black and blue
You look like you could use
someone to talk to

Don't be deceived
Don't be deceived
Don't be deceived
Notes
(1) the recorded version is "until he turns on me ..."

Robert Hunter Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     1984 Amagamalin Street Robert Hunter

Synopsis
Robert Hunter gives this synopsis in "Box Of Rain":
Finding Maggie badly beaten by Chet, Murphy attempts to wise her up to his friend's destructive nature: "I know him as a son of a gun but he's a son of a bitch with a woman."