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Pancho and Lefty
Bob Dylan & Willie Nelson Lyrics


Living on the road my friend
Was gonna keep you free and clean
And now you wear your skin like iron
And your breath as hard as kerosene

Weren't your mama's only boy
But her favorite one it seems
She began to cry when you said goodbye
And sank into your dreams

Pancho was a bandit boy
His horse was fast as polished steel
He 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
Ah but that's the way it goes

All the Federales say
They could have had him any day
They only let him slip away
Out 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
We only let him slip away
Out of kindness, I suppose

The poets tell how Pancho fell
And Lefty's living in cheap hotels
The desert's quiet, 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 growing old

All the Federales say
We could have had him any day
We only let him go so long
Out of kindness, I suppose

A few gray Federales say
We could have had him any day
We only let him go so long
Out of kindness, I suppose

Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: Townes Van Zandt

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JPatrick317

I met Townes Van Zandt in 1970 when I was in college and he invited a friend and I to play a short opening set for him. Ever since I have been "promoting" him as one of the all-time great songwriter/poets. If nothing else does, seeing Bob Dylan doing one of his songs confirms that.

wolf man gunn

Two guys who made it their own way.  And made it well.

TeaParty1776

@Kelvin Jordan ?

Kelvin Jordan

@TeaParty1776 tosser

Frederick Justin

@Ridge Gage trying it out now. Seems great so far.

Ridge Gage

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Nancy Robinson

Very different , very talented 💯🙏🏽✝️

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baffledking2003

And yes that is Marty Stuart on Mandolin! Like a little extra true soul talent won't hurt a thing.

Phillip Holt

I can't believe Willie wasted his time performing with Dylan.

Dana Soultaire

JRC caught me eye.

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