Townes Van Zandt – Pancho and Lefty. Heartworn Highways

 

Townes Van Zandt playing a medley of his hit. This is “Pancho & Lefty” played at Uncle Seymour’s place. Taken from the DVD extras on “Heartworn Highways”.

 

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Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson – Pancho and Lefty (Video)

Lyrics:

Living on the road my friend was gonna keep you free and clean Now you wear your skin like iron and your breath’s as hard as kerosene You 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 Poncho 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 Poncho met his match you know on the deserts down in Mexico Nobody heard his dyin’ words ah but that’s the way it goes All the Federales say they could’ve 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 the way he used to The dust that Poncho bit down south ended up in Lefty’s mouth Day they laid poor Poncho low Lefty split for Ohio Where he got the bread to go there ain’t nobody knows All the Federales say they could’ve had him any day They only let him slip away out of kindness I suppose The poets tell how Poncho fell and Lefty’s living in a cheap hotel The desert’s quiet and Cleveland’s cold and so the story ends we’re told Poncho 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 They only let him go so long out of kindness I suppose A few great Federales say could’ve had him any day They only let him go so long out of kindness I suppose

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