Allman Brothers Band, The - Old Friend Lyrics




You know hard time is just an old friend, just an old friend to me
I say hard time is just an old friend, just an old friend to me
Tell me now, old friend, when you gonna let me be?

Can't you feel a cold wind howlin' down, blowin' my song
Can't you feel a cold wind howlin' down, blowin' my song
Well, I ain't an old man, but you know my time ain't long

Gonna be a hard rain - you can hear it in the distance, sounds so near
Gonna be a hard rain - you can hear it in the distance, sounds so near
People, when the rain comes, it's gonna wash us all away from here

Mean old woman, people won't you tell me where can she be
Mean old woman, people won't you tell me where can she be
She's the only woman that ever meant a damn to me

You know hard time is just an old friend, just an old friend to me
I say hard time is just an old friend, just an old friend to me
Tell me now, old friend, when you gonna let me be?
Tell me now, old friend, when you gonna let me be?
Tell me now, old friend, when you gonna let this poor man be?





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  1. Philippe From Normandy

    Wow ! Quite perfect! Thanks for this great upload.

  2. chris magan

    this is like a warm blanket this song

  3. Joseph Ardine

    This is the top of the frickin' mountain....so damn good.

  4. Jim Kirkpatrick

    Old and a friend.

  5. TheChattanoogaBandit

    That slide guitar is amazing!

  6. Karen Welborn

    listening in amazement in 2019...reminds me of Robert Johnson for sure...old blues...old friend

  7. Randy Stallard

    This is so damn good, one of kind sound done by a one of a kind killer good band, one of the very best ever, IMO!!!

  8. Chris Noble

    No words can truly express how real and gritty this song is. Just... perfect.

  9. rick lavoie

    not one bad song ever

  10. J Wray

    Blues my friends.

  11. Thomas Clinton

    Nice, but wrong pic. This is warren and derek from hittin the note. Thanks

  12. Aaron Garrett

    Good stuff unless you’re a new generation sissy

  13. Tim Barringer

    Believe I will go to the Mississippi Delta.

  14. MUTT MOLLETT

    STRAIGHT MUSICAL MYSTICISM.

  15. jeff chamberlin

    my theme song,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  16. Rick T

    love the story butch tells about this picture , miserable day with some sob photographer then the Dr came by Duane scored 8 ball he's got it in his lap , so it wasn't a total loss

  17. Steve Taylor

    I listen to this to remind me of my heritage .Times were hard ,but friends and family were held close.

  18. Randy Comeaux

    Blues at it's finest. Loved them in concert and always will

  19. Cameron Lange

    Why i do feel like I'm in the desert when i listen to this?

  20. Skip Stein

    Fine...

  21. Mullet Man

    DUCK EVERYONE FOR THE THUMBS DOWN FUCK YOU ALL THIS SHIT IS HITS HARD

  22. Leandro Lopes

    rolling babylon fire!!!

  23. Lenny Bonamo

    we were born n we were lost

  24. Amit Rathi

    This one definitely is pure south!

  25. Warlord M. Bison

    This cover art may make some think this is an old Allman brothers song, but it's from their 2003 album, and that's Derek Trucks playing slide guitar with Warren Haynes.

  26. Brady C

    I'll never forget riding on some country roads with my old man in his 1990 Chevy Silverado two door when I was real young. This song gives me so many good memories.

  27. thetruesurvive

    RIP WDL

  28. Mary Mary

    This song is just so epic...it's everything I love about kick-ass bluesy sounding mother fucking rock and roll...

  29. Eldie Valenciano

    Yezzzzzzzzzzz "" $$$###$#¢~``||•√√ππ÷×׶¶¶¶¶××÷÷πππ¥€¢£¢¢¢

  30. LostMyMojo100

    Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks backstage..... wingin it......... with some overdubs,,,,

  31. Wrong String Ric Prod

    Where oh where did this piece of art hide. Can't get enough, lord it done got me. More please and thank you.

    LostMyMojo100

    Refer to my recent comment....... Killer, isn't it?

  32. JohnLothe

    "Old Friend"

    You know hard time is just an old friend, just an old friend to me

    I say hard time is just an old friend, just an old friend to me

    Tell me now, old friend, when you gonna let me be?



    Can't you feel a cold wind howlin' down, blowin' my song

    Can't you feel a cold wind howlin' down, blowin' my song

    Well, I ain't an old man, but you know my time ain't long



    Gonna be a hard rain - hear it in the distance, sounds so near

    Gonna be a hard rain - can't chu hear it in the distance, sounds so near

    People, when the rain comes, it's gonna wash us all away from here



    Mean old woman, people won't you tell me where can she be

    Mean old woman, people won't you tell me where can she be

    She's the only woman that ever meant a damn to me



    You know hard times is just an old friend, just an old friend to me

    I say hard times is just an old friend, just an old friend to me

    Tell me now, old friend, when you gonna let me be?

    Tell me now, old friend, when you gonna let me be?

    Tell me now, old friend, when you gonna let this poor man be?

    irishmermaid 4

    Thanks for posting. I'm a fiend for lyrics!

    Joseph Ardine

    Thanks!!

  33. Wil Ugaldex

    This is awesome

  34. Marcello Graco

    This song is my "Old friend" !

  35. Matt Chaney

    Oh yeah

  36. Betty Morton

    Hell yeah play it.....Hard times when you gonna let this Old man be..

  37. Jacqueline Prince

    I remember, them doing this on stage in San Francisco, with the Greatful Dead. in a free concert, in the park.
    one of my aunts was babysitting me and several cousin's.
    I , unfortunately (as a toddler.) introduced all of my Mom's sisters to the Greatful Dead.(Mr.Garcia, was a kind man to me .)

  38. Ranko Todorovic

    the pain...

  39. Shelly Watson

    That is not Greg singing.

    Tami Hill

    Shelly Watson, you're right. It would be
    Mr. Warren Haynes of ABB and Gov't Mule.
    Love him!

  40. Brian J. Carnevale

    The Allman Brothers have all left the building. Thank you for your music legacy, it is epic, never forgotten.

  41. Dennis Metcalf

    great version Warren and Trucks

  42. Tina And Troy Wichmann

    some of the best shows I've ever seen from 90 to 2008 North Carolina amp theater aka blockbuster pavilion T N T

  43. Tina And Troy Wichmann

    ain't it suppose to be like a bird feathered to be T

  44. Marcia D

    Funk blues...😎🙆💃

  45. Don R

    Warren is a musicians musician ....

  46. Michael P

    Thats Govt Mule dingbat

  47. Beverly Conrad

    well i ain't an old man, oh but you know my time ain't long......RIP Gregg

  48. Shawn Strange

    this one of my favorite right here give it hell

  49. Thomas Price

    wow you guys really have to stop saying this is Gregg this is WARREN'S VOICE!!! smh

  50. Doriano Rossi

    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/gregg-allman-rip/ Sympathies.

  51. Mike Clifford

    RIP my old friend you will be missed say hellow to Duane and Butch

    Misdirection Isme

    hey.... lets not forget to say "hellow" to Berry too...

  52. kat Mats

    Sweet your headphone's on and just drift away. These songs off at The Fillmore East album are some of the greatest.

    Misdirection Isme

    Hate to burst your bubble but this ain;'t off the great Fillmore East Album..Its from the 2003 "Hittin the Note"

  53. augustkobs

    So sad to hear of Gregg Allman's passing May 27, 2017. Grew up listening to their music, a big part of my life. So Sad! #RIPGreggAllman

  54. Donetta Lomascolo

    Buietiful soul. raised my glass. seen ya in town.see ya around some day.

  55. Robin Sellars

    RIP Gregg :(

  56. jimmy cricket

    Today is the day.

  57. judy Girl

    Misleading....But real good.

  58. Mark Fisher

    this is what tight means kids

    14 Aspen Drive

    Mark Fisher Not to be that guy, but they are off in some places. Been listening to this song for years, didn't realise until a couple days ago

  59. J. Hardie

    I love the sound of the room on this. The way the two guitars gel or that jelly -bread tone their kicking out. Way too cool!!!!

  60. ed tew

    Only Warren and Derek played on this track.

  61. Samuel Simon

    50 people were born after 1985 and they confuse music with a heart monitor

  62. Paula Cavaco

    just lay down and enjoy perfection

  63. bluesque

    Slide Sslliiiide old friend.

  64. judy Girl

    It is fantastic...BUT, it is not off of the Fillmore East Album. Of that, I am sure. I cannot remember which one...but I will try and find out. This is really young THEM...Gregg still doing that Ray Charles...which he later perfected into his very own blusey grooowllll

    Thomas Price

    judy Girl I'm so sorry to break it to you sweetie but that's not even Greg singing....heh... this is Warren Haynes not entirely your fault though... the picture makes things confusing...RIP Dwayne..

    judy Girl

    Hang on...I am listening now. I have listened to the Gregg for a long time....Just a second...It SAYS Allman Bros too. I knew the pic. was wrong....HOWEVER, you MAY be correct and I May stand corrected! Still love it..... You MAY be correct....thank you! I WAS suspicious...you can see...Ray Charles thing...I rest my case for not knowing. Break all my errors to me, PLEASE! I am still unsure now....will research. Send me to the album this came off of....The end sure sounds like Gregg and YES RIP, Duane! Berry Oakley too, RIP.

    judy Girl

    Tommy, I believe you are correct. My bad.

    William Kobs

    It is off the album "Hittin' The Note" released in 2003.

    Misdirection Isme

    William Kobs== right you are.... finally after 5 months someone responded with the right answer....
    +judy Girl...how old are you? this is not Gregg, and not the Fillimore East or West...and Gregg does do a great version of the Ray Charles/Stevie Wonder thing....

  65. JIll Sutphin

    as good as it gets, this is it

  66. Jerry garcia

    This is just Warren Haynes (Vocals/guitar) With Derek Trucks (guitar) back stage in the dressing room.

    the bluesdoc

    not just.

    Jessica Dominik

    This is not the same recording

  67. Peter Haban

    this shake my blood

  68. mikel stevenson

    Was Derek playing with them at this time.  He had to be pretty young.

    Misdirection Isme

    Derek was 23 when the album "Hittin the Note" was released so he was still young....

  69. antibee1

    all i can say is........Damn!

  70. Toni taylor-helser's Barefoot Music

    sliiiide monster!

  71. Star Baby

    Doesn't get any better....

  72. Oded Fried-Gaon

    ‪#‎OdedFriedGaon ‪#OdedMusic #Audioded

  73. Doe Fam

    my favorite song from these monsters

  74. Luc Haupert

    what is that style of music called?

    Joe O'Quinn

    that's it!

    Who Dat Dude?

    just blues

    Migda Paul Jones

    Right man!

    Vikram Behl

    TriplePlay : or Lowell George

  75. Barbara Condon

    Thank you for sharing this. Always a pleasure to hear anything from my favorite band. Quality, that is SOUL, just through the roof. You know it's good when it just freezes you in your tracks.

  76. jrnyman1957

    Incredible mix...hear the dual slides and the light bass drum comes in about 5:00.

  77. Soul of a Brave Warrior

    These vocals really make my hairs stand up.....on my neck you pervs

  78. naywee g

    thank you 💜

  79. edd2ds

    There were giants walking the earth in the days that this was recorded.

  80. roland fitzgerald

    Not sure why there showing the Fillmore album than. I know they did not have this song on the album. it's been awhile since I've listened to them they have had a lot of different members through out the years and still were a good band but nothing like when Duane and berry I seen them at the the Fillmore East in 71 so that tells you my age us old people make mistakes ha ha but thanks for the info. Long live Greg and you to.

    Sheree Pascarella

    Pretty sure you're right about it not being on the Fillmore album. I believe this is Warren Haynes singing... so recorded much later than Fillmore.

  81. john lenny

    Put Down Your Hand Held Devices And Listen To The Music.

    john lenny

    Sorry if you took it literally.I was just trying to say to the folks out there who spend way too much time looking at their hand held devices to look around at the real world,thieir family,friends,pets ect.. Thats All.

    j.austin

    +john Lenihan I'm know what you're saying I was just being a smart ass haha

    WichitaRick

    Yes but is easier here I don't even own a cell ph:) & have the original of this :) dearly appreciate all the fine folks that download so much history on to utube:) a lot of time the sound is better also:) Yes keep it simple is more and more forgotten> "Peace take Practice" Rick western Co. Wichita Ks.

    Michael Ledford

    john Lenihan before I retired it was 2 hours music when I got home from work ,now that I'm retired music is playing in my home 18 hours a day ,if I'm awake music is playing right after I pour my coffee .

    daniel mcgraw

    @JohnLenny got my I phone hooked up to my JBL flip rocking it Brother

  82. george newton

    James White....YOU ARE SO RIGHT111

  83. Louie DeBono

    Man oh man that white boy can play.. I'm a huge Hill Country Blues fan and guitar player... This right here is pure gold SON

  84. Alan S

    To my old friend Tunney, in Old Texas, Heaven.

  85. annarks

    gorgeous.

  86. Jane Otte

    The best slide ever!

  87. Ben C Schmitt

    . awesome .

  88. Dawn Brown

    OH YEAH

  89. wudnhed58

    Warren Haynes totally owns this song.

    Edward Morris

    +wudnhed58 Warren never got the cred he deserved, google some Gov't Mule

    Michael P

    wudnhed58 This IS Gobt Mule not 70s Allmans

    Jimmy Giles

    Warren is a brother of the highest order! When he was young and playin with Dickey then as the seasoned ABB staple and playin with Derek....Warren is the man!

    Douglas Baumwoll

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hittin%27_the_Note

    Rosalyn Arnold

    Warren and guitarist Chris Anderson (Outlaws) wrote this tune!

  90. MsFancy Pants

    GREAT love it!!

  91. Nadine Jensen

    Music like an old Friend !

  92. D Barthel

    Classic/Original...blues meets south mixed with rock

  93. Trev Mac

    What the hell it sounds like the song is coming out of my left wall on my little poor computer..you got to be good to make that happen

    da324

    @judy Girl Warren singing, no on else. It's easy to hear.

    judy Girl

    @Tyler Castens I never said it WAS Gregg...unless sometimes the song changes and you are writing on another one...all I see here is my fighting that it is Haynes...and, that IT WASN'T on Fillmore East. Doesn't sound anything like Gregg...I don't see where I said it was Gregg???I know 2 years have passed, I just got another notification that another person is telling me it is Haynes...and period. I know.
    Thanks. Boy, I got really bitchy a year later...one year ago I picked a fight with someone....Geez.

    judy Girl

    @da324 I said that 2 years ago...saying, "I KNOW MY GREGG's...blah, blah blah!" I hate looking back, I am such an obnoxious bitch sometimes...I said it is not on Fillmore East and a lot of people have done it as it's an old standard. Good Lord! I go on to pick a fight and say do not presume to know what I know or don't know...if you disagree, back it up...I can't believe I was starting a fight. It is Warren no doubt...I haven't listened to it in awhile...if there is another voice in there, I don't remember...if you say no, I trust you. Oh, I see what set me off, this dope said I don't know my Allman brothers...I am set off again...I better get outta here before...It is Warren for sure. He played a lot with themm at the beginning and then, it was Toler (who I loved) with Dickey and, I wonder why Haynes stopped playing with them...perhaps a Dickey and Warren issue arose? Although Dickey played with Duane...2 lead guitar players are 2 huge egos, yet they were nothing short of telepathic. It sounds nothing like Gregg. I do not see where I said it did. Could a blog from a different song have gotten here? You know how the song ends and you keep typing....? I agree 100% Thanks. NOT GREGG. WH all the way...

    judy Girl

    @da324 My first comment was that it is misleading but I enjoyed it. I won't subscribe to this guy...he is misleading often...with a lot of stuff. Dimitris K. is here and he is a big ABBs uploader...he wrote the words for us and stayed out of it...I DO subscribe to him. If he puts a photo from another show up, he says so...anyway...almost 3 years later now...I am getting crap for correcting the mis spellings of Gregg's name and Duane's name. I understand getting Berry wrong but now Allman. If the road goes on forever, we better know the names...because all the rest we right is opinion and conjecture...I am always getting crap from someone here...not from you. YOU ARE CORRECT, I just don't see where or HOW I could ever say it was Gregg...there IS a version, but it's new of C&G Blues that Haynes does an amazing job of and with my eyes shut, I thought it was Gregg..but I didn't write it...thanks.

    Ken Murphy

    @Jimmy Ridinman See ... Duane Allman WAS the best .. in his time. At that time ... there was nobody better. That .. is no longer the case. Derek and Warren have taken what they could from Duane's playing, and his unique style of playing slide guitar, and they've "elaborated" on it. They've"added" their own style and their own unique riffs to make it even better !!! Some folks prefer the "Old School" style of playing, and that's just fine ... but, it mostly, all comes down to your "personal preference." Can anyone honestly say that Bob Dylan's version of "All Along the Watchtower" is "better" than Hendrix's version from his "Electric Lady-land" LP ??? It's the simple process of taking a "good" thing .. and making it even "BETTER" .... IMHO ~~~~ ....

  94. Pasxalis Melissas

    Ηοw can I leard the scales in guitar
    ???Is there anyone who knows??

    Pasxalis Melissas

    Thanks a lot richard..Your words are very enforcing .. Thanks a lot..

    Jack Fin

    The song's in E i think. The other chords are just G and A.
    A lot of times slide guitar work can like blend between different scales, but if you just practice the major scales and blues pentatonic you'll get the feel for it.
    Look up Open E tuning. It is a good tuning to learn slide on, and very easy to tune to from standard.

    uscr lvr

    +Richard Folkman Goddamn son..... I feel so much related to your reply to this gentleman, It especially reminds me of the days before the whole interweb ting. I went to library ALOT hehe:) and its so true what you say: the will, desire and passion for the music is the key, and nothing else.
    I was beginning to think there wasnt any left of us "library guys" hehe. You in the states?

    Richard Folkman

    @uscr lvr Yes I am.  Funny and cordial of you to send your comment.  I took to Pasxalis's comment as honest enough to throw a big ' go for it' comment.  All my son's are in their 20's, and all musicians and what we all believe is if you really want something, like in a strong creative way, you will sacrifice to build on it. I remember what Mr. Stevie Vaughn said in an interview, that he didn't need others to enjoy what he was doing to motivate him to play.  It stuck. Libraries, home session, heck, bathroom jams!! Ha. But, you know what I mean.

    Barrett Lewis

    +Jack Fin It's actually in open D.

  95. Marcellus Bull Miranda

    bleeding fingers,sweatin ' blues..

    DD jr

    +Richard Kuklinsky ......I know that name, Ice man.

  96. Thiago Lamounier Sousa

    yeahhhh!!!!!