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    Pancho and Lefty

    Townes Van Zandt

     

    Capo 1

     

    There are a few measures of 2/4 in this song.  I’ve notated them like this: / F  C /.  F and C each last for one beat.

     

    Chord Guide

           32 1

    C:    x32010

          3    4

    G:    3x0003

          T 321

    F:    1x321x

            231

    Am:   x02210

     

    Picking Guide:

       ------------------

    2  -----------X------

    1  -------X-------X--

    T  -----X-------X----

       ------------------

    T* -X-------X--------

        1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

     

    * Bass note depends on chord.

     

     

    Intro Solo:

    / C - - - / - - - - / G - - - / - - - - /

    / F - - - / - - - - / Am - - - / - - - - /

     

    C (2)                   

    Living on the road my friend

    G (2)

    Is gonna keep you free and clean

    F (2)                

    Now you wear your skin like iron

    C                      G

    Your breath as hard as kerosene

    F (2)                                       

    Weren't your mama's only boy

             C               F

    But her favorite one it seems

        Am                    / F    C /    G (2)

    She began to cry when you said good  - bye

        F                Am (2)       

    And sank into your dreams

     

    C (2)                                         

    Pancho was a bandit, boys, his

    G (2)

    horse was fast as polished steel

        F (2)

    He wore his gun outside his pants

         C              G

    For all the honest world to feel

     F (2)                                   

    Pancho met his match you know on the

     C               F

    deserts down in Mexico

     Am             / F C /  G (2)           

    Nobody heard his dying words

          F                Am (2)  

    but that's the way it goes

     

    CHORUS:

    F (2)                    

    All the Federales say they

    C                    F

      could have had him any day

    Am                  / F  C /    G (2)

      They only let him slip a  -  way

             F             Am (2)       

    out of kindness I suppose

     

      C (2)                            

    Lefty he can't sing the blues

    G (2)

    all night long like he used to

          F (2)                                  

    The dust that Pancho bit down south

    C            G

    ended up in Lefty's mouth

          F                            

    The day they laid poor Pancho low

     C              F

    Lefty split for Ohio

    Am               / F    C /  G (2)       

    Where he got the bread to   go

           F             Am (2) 

    there ain't nobody knows

     

    CHORUS

     

    SOLO:

    / C - - - / - - - - / G - - - / - - - - /

    / F - - - / - - - - / Am - - - / - - - - /

     

    C (2)                             

    Poets tell how Pancho fell and

    G (2)

    Lefty's living in a cheap hotel

         F (2)

    The desert's quiet and Cleveland's cold,

    C                G

    And so the story ends we're told

    F (2)                                      

    Pancho needs your prayers it's true but

      C             F

    save a few for Lefty too

        Am             / F   C /  G (2)

    He only did what he had to   do 

         F               Am (2)

    and now he's growing old

     

    OUTRO CHORUS:

    F (2)                  

    All the Federales say

    C                     F

      could have had him any day

    Am              / F  C /    G (2)

    We only let him slip a  -  way

            F             Am (2)

    out of kindness I suppose

    F                         

    A few gray Federales say 

     C                 F

    could have had him any day

    Am                  / F  C /   G (2)   

    We only only let him go so    long

               F             Am (2)

    out of of kindness I suppose

     

    End on Am

     

     

     

     

     Solo:


    This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.