Townes Van Zandt – Pancho And Lefty chords

The original from The Best of Townes Van Zandt is tuned down a half-step!

Finger pick A to Bm

DLiving on the road my friend
AWas gonna keep you free and clean
GNow you wear your skin like iron
D AYour breath's as hard as kerosene
GYou weren't your mama's only boy
D GBut her favorite one it seems
Bm G AShe began to cry when you said goodbye
G BmAnd sank into your dreams
Pancho was a bandit boys His horse was fast as polished steel Wore his gun outside his pants For all the honest world to feel Pancho met his match you know On the deserts down in Mexico Nobody heard his dying words That's the way it goes
GAll the federales say
D GThey could have had him any day
Bm G A They only let him hang around
G BmOut of kindness I suppose
Lefty he can't sing the blues All night long like he used to The dust that Pancho bit down south Ended up in Lefty's mouth The day they laid poor Pancho low Lefty split for Ohio Where he got the bread to go There ain't nobody knows All the federales say They could have had him any day They only let him slip away Out of kindness I suppose The poets tell how Pancho fell Lefty's livin' in a cheap hotel The desert's quiet and Cleveland's cold So the story ends we're told Pancho needs your prayers it's true, But save a few for Lefty too He just did what he had to do Now he's growing old A few gray federales say They could have had him any day They only let him go so wrong Out of kindness I suppose
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