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He Was a Friend of Mine lyrics

Facebook "He Was a Friend of Mine" is a traditional American folk song that has been recorded by several artists including Roy Acuff, Hank Williams Sr, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, The Byrds and The Black Crowes. The song laments the death of a friend. The earliest known version of the song is titled "Shorty George" and was first recorded by John and Ruby Lomax in 1939 at the Clemens State Detention Farm in Texas. They attributed the song to an inmate there.

The song was a popular funeral dirge in the middle of the 20th century and lends itself to many interpretations, depending on the artist. The Byrds version of the song includes reworked lyrics by Jim McGuinn as a eulogy to John F. Kennedy. The Dylan version has been interpreted to lament the death of Christ. Many claim the Nelson version laments the death of a homosexual lover. All of these varying interpretations reflect the thoughts and feelings of the artist as well as those of the listener. It all adds up to this being one powerful song.
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