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Pancho And Lefty

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By: Townes Van Zandt, 1972[1]


C G
Living on the road, my friend, gonna make you free and clean
F C G
Now you wear your skin like iron, your breath's as hard as kerosene
F C F
You weren't your mama's only boy, but her favourite one, it seems
Am F F Am
She began to cry when you said good bye, and you sank into your dreams
 
C G
Pancho was a bandit bold, his horse as fast as polished steel
F C G
Wore his guns outside his clothes, for all the honest world to feel
F C F
Pancho met his match, you know, on a desert down in Mexico
Am F F Am
No one heard his dying words, oh but that's the way it goes
 
Chorus
F C F
And all the federales say, they could have had him any day
Am F G F Am
They only let him slip away, out of kindness, I suppose
 
C G
Lefty he can't sing the blues, all night long like he used to do
F C G
The dust that Pancho bit down south, ended up in Lefty's mouth
F C F
The day they laid poor Pancho low, Lefty split for Ohio
Am F F F Am
Where he got the bread to go, well there ain't nobody knows
 
C G
Poets tell how Pancho fell, and Lefty's living in a cheap hotel
F C G
The desert's quiet and Cleveland's cold, and so the story ends we're told
F C F
Pancho needs your prayers, it's true, but save a few for Lefty, too
Am F F F Am
He only did what he had to do, and now he's growing old
 
Chorus
 
F C F
And a few old gray federales still say, they could have had him any day
Am F G F Am
They only let him go so wrong, out of kindness, I suppose

Created 2009 Sep 01 09:37

This is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the song. You may only use this for private study, scholarship, or research.

Page last modified on 2010 Oct 19 06:55

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