My Only True Friend

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"My Only True Friend"
Song by Gregg Allman
from the album Southern Blood
ReleasedJuly 26, 2017 (2017-07-26) (single)
September 8, 2017 (2017-09-08) (album)
RecordedMarch 2016
StudioFAME Studios (Muscle Shoals, Alabama)
GenreSouthern rock
Songwriter(s)Gregg Allman, Scott Sharrard
Producer(s)Don Was

My Only True Friend is the first track on Southern Blood, the final studio album by American singer-songwriter Gregg Allman, released posthumously[1] on September 8, 2017 by Rounder Records. The song is the album's only original song and was co-written by Gregg Allman with guitarist and bandleader Scott Sharrard, forming the album's lead single.[2]

The song has the theme of time running out at the end of life.[3] Gregg Allman was ill at the time and died on May 27, 2017, not long after the recording. Allman repeats the lyric "I hope you're haunted by the music of my soul, when I'm gone"[4] throughout the song.[1] Allman's co-writer Scott Sharrard secretly wrote the song in the voice of Gregg's late brother, Duane Allman, speaking to him.[5] The rest of the album consists of cover songs.

A video featuring Gregg Allman and other musicians is associated with the song.[6][7] The song has been called "hauntingly beautiful".[8]


  1. ^ a b Moon, Tom (July 27, 2016). "Gregg Allman's Posthumous 'My Only True Friend' Ain't Just Another Road Song". NPR. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  2. ^ Giles, Jeff (July 26, 2017). "Gregg Allman's 'Southern Blodd' release date revealed, first single 'My Only True Friend' now streaming". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  3. ^ Kreps, Daniel (August 11, 2017). "Hear Gregg Allman Reflect on 'An End' on New Song 'My Only True Friend'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  4. ^ "Gregg Allman Lyrics – My Only True Friend". AZLyrics. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  5. ^ Browne, David (July 26, 2017). "Inside Gregg Allman's Musical Farewell". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  6. ^ Kielty, Martin (August 11, 2017). "Watch Gregg Allman's new lyric video for 'My Only True Friend'". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  7. ^ "Video Premiere: Gregg Allman "My Only True Friend"". Relix. August 11, 2017. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  8. ^ Stephens, Samantha (August 22, 2017). "See Gregg Allman's Hauntingly Beautiful "My Only True Friend" – Music Legend's Video Is a Bittersweet Farewell". Country Music Television. Retrieved December 24, 2017.

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