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Pancho And Lefty chords

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Chords all the way through the song so you can play along as it scrolls. Also transposed to play without barre chords. Was this info helpful? Yes No
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Pancho and Lefty
(Townes Van Zandt)

capo 3

[Verse 1]

G
Livin' on the road, my friend
D
Was gonna keep us free and clean
C
But now you wear your skin like iron
G                              D
And your breath's as hard as kerosene
C
You weren't your mama's only boy
G                        C
But her favorite one, it seems
Em                        C         D
She began to cry when you said good bye
    C              Em
And sank into your dreams


[Verse 2]

G
Pancho was a bandit, boys
D
Rode a horse fast as polished steel
C
Wore his guns outside his pants
G                  D
For all the honest world to feel
C
Pancho met his match, you know
G                      C
On the deserts down in Mexico
Em               C     D
No one heard his dyin' words
    C                 Em
But that's the way it goes


[Chorus]

    C
And all the federales say
     G                  C
They could have had him any day
     Em           C    D
They only let him slip away
       C              Em
Out of kindness, I suppose


[Verse 3]

    G
Now Lefty he can't sing the blues
D
All night long like he used to
    C
The dust that Pancho bit down South
   G           D
It ended up in Lefty's mouth
    C
The day they laid old Pancho low
G               D
Lefty split for Ohio
Em               C        D
Where he got the bread to go
           C             Em
Well there ain't nobody 'knows


[Chorus]

    C
But all the federales say
     G                  C
They could have had him any day
     Em           C    D
They only let him slip away
       C              Em
Out of kindness, I suppose


[Verse 4]

    G
Now poets sing how Pancho fell
D
Lefty's livin' in a cheap hotel
    C
The desert's quiet and Cleveland's cold
    G            D
And so the story ends, we're told
C
Pancho needs your prayers, it's true
    G              D
But save a few for Lefty, too
   Em               C      D
He only did what he had to do
    C                Em
And now he's growin' old


[Chorus]

    C
And all the federales say
     G                  C
They could have had him any day
     Em           C    D
They only let him slip away
       C              Em
Out of kindness, I suppose

      C
Yes a few old gray federales still say
     G                  C
They could have had him any day
     Em           C     D
They only let him go so wrong
       C              Em
Out of kindness, I suppose

            
            
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Captaincranky 40 Jun 26, 2016 03:35 AM, edited at 07:36 am

I'm not sure if this is a comment or a correction, so I'm going with "comment"OK, both Willie Nelson & Townes Van Zandt (?), perform this song in the key of D major. (Two baritone singers). The Emmy Lou Harris tab for the song is in C major. That makes sense, as she's likely only singing a b7th above the guys,instead of a full octave.So, this tab is in G, which only makes sense if you have an alto or mezzo soprano singing.However,the chord "shapes" shown, will put the song in the original key (D), if you capo on the 7th fret!With that said, the chord intervals are correct for the key of G. I suppose this could be used with a capo, and could be "guitar 2" in an arrangement of the song. Or perhaps used "as is", for a singer with an entirely different rangeI'd like to hear "donaker's" take on this before I say yeah or nay on the tab.

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