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Willie Nelson - Pancho and Lefty


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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
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Pancho And Lefty
Willie Nelson

D                            A
Living on the road my friend, is gonna keep you free and clean
G                  
Now you wear your skin like iron,
     D                 A
Your breath as hard as kerosene.
G                                         D               G
You weren't your mama's only boy, but her favorite one it seems
D                         G    D    A
She began to cry when you said goodbye,
    G              Bm     Bm A D
And sank into your dreams.
D                       A
Pancho was a bandit boy, his horse was fast as polished steel
G
He wore his gun outside his pants
    D                       A
For all the honest world to feel.
G                                    D               G
Pancho met his match you know on the deserts down in Mexico
D                G  D  A             G                 Bm   Bm A G
Nobody heard his dying words, ah but that's the way it goes.

G                    D                        G
All the Federales say they could have had him any day
D                 G    D  A        G              Bm
They only let him slip away out of kindness, I suppose.

Bm A D
D                              A
Lefty, he can't sing the blues all night long like he used to.
G                                   D           A
The dust that Pancho bit down south ended up in Lefty's mouth
G                                  D               G
The day they laid poor Pancho low, Lefty split for Ohio
D                G     D   A        G            Bm
Where he got the bread to go, there ain't nobody knows

Bm A G
G                    D                        G
All the Federales say they could have had him any day
D                 G    D  A        G              Bm   Bm A D
They only let him slip away out of kindness, I suppose.

D                                  A
The boys tell how Pancho fell, and Lefty's living in cheap hotels
G
The desert's quiet, Cleveland's cold,
D                A
And so the story ends we're told
G                                        D              G
Pancho needs your prayers it's true, but save a few for Lefty too
D                   G   D  A       G                Bm
He only did what he had to do, and now he's growing old

Bm A G
G                     D                       G
All the Federales say they could have had him any day
D                 G    D  A        G              Bm
They only let him slip away out of kindness, I suppose.

Bm A G
G                        D                       G
A few gray Federales say they could have had him any day
D                 G    D  A        G              D     G A D
They only let him slip away out of kindness, I suppose.


notes on playing:

D                         G    D    A
She began to cry when you said goodbye,

   Try playing the G D A as:

    G  D   A
|-s-3--2----
|-s-3--3---2
|-s-4--2---2
|----------2
|-----------
|-----------

    G              Bm     Bm A D
And sank into your dreams.

and
        G                 Bm   Bm A G
ah but that's the way it goes.

The transitions at the ends of these lines are similar. Play the Bm like:

    Bm
|---2-------
|---3-------      And then walk the bass line up or down the 5th string
|---4-------      to make the change to the final D or G. It's a quick
|---4-------      transition.
|---2-------
|-----------


    Bm  A  D                 Bm  A  G
|---2------2             |---2------3
|---3------3             |---3------0      
|---4------2             |---4------0       
|---4-------             |---4------0
|---2---4---             |---2---0--2
|-----------             |----------3


And throughout the song, as you strum or pick your way merrily along, 
try to keep an alternating bass line going, it gives the song a lot 
of it's character.

Submitted by John Kearney (jk13@aol.com)



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