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Pancho And Lefty chords

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[Verse]
C                              G7
Livin' on the road my friend is gonna keep you free and clean
F                                      C                G7
Now you wear your skin like iron, your breath's hard as kerosene
F                                 C                  F
You weren't your momma's only boy, but her favorite one it seems
C                      Dm                F             Am
Began to cry when you said, "good-bye", sank into your dreams.
Poncho was a bandit boys, his horse was fast as polished steel
He wore his gun outside his pants for all the honest world to feel
Poncho met his match, ya know, on the desert down in Mexico
No one heard his dyin' words, but that's the way it goes.

[Chorus]
F                      C                     F
All the Federales say, they could'a had him any day
C                 Dm                 F             Am
They only let him go so long, out of kindness I suppose.

[Verse]
Lefty he can't sing the blues, anymore like he used to
The dust that Poncho bit down south, ended up in Lefty's mouth
The day they laid poor Poncho low, Lefty split for O-hio
Where he got the bread to go, ain't nobody knows.

[Chorus]
F                      C                     F
All the Federales say, they could'a had him any day
C                 Dm                 F             Am
They only let him go so long, out of kindness I suppose.

[Verse]
The poets tell how Poncho fell, Lefty's livin' in a cheap hotel
The desert's quiet, Cleveland's cold and so the story ends, we're told
Poncho needs your prayers it's true, but save a few for Lefty too
He only did what he had to do but now he's growin' old.

[Chorus] (x2)
F                      C                     F
All the Federales say, they could'a had him any day
C                 Dm                 F             Am
They only let him go so long, out of kindness I suppose.

2. Version of the song:

(I play this with a D, C#, B bass run transition from the D chord to whatever
follows. I've indicated this with the following chord notation.)

[Chords]
D               x00232
D/C#            x40232
D4/B            x20032

(I also lead into the verse with)
e|-----------2--|
b|--2--3--5-----|
g|--------------|  (then picking out of the D chord)
d|-----------0--|
a|--0--2--4-----|
e|--------------|
Livin' on the road, my friend.....

(which is nice for many songs played in D.)

[Verse]
D
Livin' on the road, my friend
A
Was gonna keep us free and clean
G
But now you wear your skin like iron
        D           D/C#    D4/B       A
And you breath's as hard as kerosene
G
You weren't your mama's only boy
        D        D/C#    D4/B
But her favorite one, it seems
    D
She began to cry
         D/C# D4/B A    A7
When you said good bye
    G             Bm
And sank into you dreams

[Verse]
(same chords as first verse)
Pancho was a bandit, boys
Rode a horse fast as polished steel
Wore his guns outside his pants
For all the honest world to feel
Pancho met his match, ya know
On the deserts down in Mexico
No one heard his dyin' words
But that's the way it goes

[Chorus] 
(words change slightly, each time)
G
And all the federales say
     D        D/C#    D4/B
They could of had him any day
      D    D/C#    D4/B     A   A7
They only let him slip away
       G               Bm
Out of kindness, I suppose

[Verse]
Now Lefty he can't sing the blues
All night long like he used to
The dust that Pancho bit down South
It ended up in Lefty's mouth
The day they laid old Pancho low
Lefty split for Ohio
Where he got the bread to go
Well there ain't nobody 'knows
But all the federales say
They could of had him any day
They only let him slip away
Out of kindness, I suppose
Now poets sing how Pancho fell
Lefty's livin' in a cheap hotel
The desert's quiet and Cleveland's cold
And so the story ends, we're told
Pancho needs your prayers, it's true
But save a few for Lefty, too
He only did what he had to do
And now he's growin' old

[Chorus] 
(words change slightly, each time)
G
And all the federales say
     D        D/C#    D4/B
They could of had him any day
      D    D/C#    D4/B     A   A7
They only let him slip away
       G               Bm
Out of kindness, I suppose

[Verse]
Yes a few old gray federales still say
They could of had him any day
They only let him go so wrong
Out of kindness, I suppose

            
            
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Jack_Flash 10 Aug 22, 2006 04:53 AM

Seems to be a few different recorded versions of this around, second tab does seem better.

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dmckenzie 467 Oct 03, 2008 06:40 AM

Good tab, just one thing... The G isn't a G7 I don't think.... sounds better if you use:

3
1
0
0
2
3

And also play the C with the 3 on the high E

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locust73 94 Jun 28, 2010 12:56 PM

This tab is not accurate. He never evens plays a Dm in the song at all and some transition chords are missing. I created a new tab with corrections and posted it.

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