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Pancho and Lefty
(Townes Van Zandt)


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

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, you know
On the deserts down in Mexico
No one heard his dyin' words
But that's the way it goes


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


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 have 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


And all the federales say
They could have had him any day
They only let him go so long
Out of kindness, I suppose


Yes a few old gray federales still say
They could have had him any day
They only let him go so wrong
Out of kindness, I suppose
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totaler166 10 Feb 18, 2010 02:04 PM

lyrical corrections:

line 2 - the word "us" is actually the word "you"
line 3 - "but" is "and"
line 6 - "seems" is "seemed"
line 10- "Pancho was a bandit boy"
line 11- "his horse was fast as polished steel"
line 13- "feel" is "fear"
line 16- "No one" is "Nobody"
line 25- no "It"
line 26- "old" is "poor"
line 29- no "Well"
line 34- "sing" is "tell"
line 46- "A few gray federals they say"
line 48- "wrong" is "long"

sorry, but I just thought I'd mention it

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townes82 10 Jan 28, 2013 06:15 AM

Another major correction:

This song is by Townes Van Zandt, NOT willie Nelson. Geez.

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FL_Bob2002 532 Dec 23, 2014 04:50 PM

Well Willie Nelson sings this song and that makes it a Willie song by me. And I never pay attention to the words, yes some are wrong, but if ya listen and play with the cd you should be able to make your own correction.

I'm just glad we have people on here that can get us started in the right direction as far as playing the darn song. Great job on this one, thanks.

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