Pancho and Lefty chords
by Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard
- Pancho and Lefty was written by country music artist - Townes Van Zandt. It was first recorded on his 1972 album, The Late Great Townes Van Zandt.
- The Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard version of the song reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs from the album - Pancho & Lefty released on April 30, 1983.
- Music: Key of D Major in 4/4 time at 122 bpm (♩)
- Chords: D, G, A, Bm
Pancho and Lefty by Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard
Intro: 4/4 (~122 bpm) | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & | ||: D / / A / G / A | / G / A D / / / | D / / G / D / G | / D / A D / / / :|| | D | D | D | D | D 1. Li-ving on the road my friend A Was gon-na keep you free and clean G And now you wear your skin like i-ron D A And your breath as hard as ke-ro-sene G You weren't your ma-ma's only boy D G But her fa-vo-rite one, it seems Bm G A | A | She be-gan to cry when you said good-bye 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & G | Bm | Bm / G A | And sank in-to your dreams D 2. Pan-cho was a ban-dit boy A His horse was fast as po-lished steel G He wore his gun outside his pants D A For all the ho-nest world to feel G Pan-cho met his match, you know D G On the de-serts down in Me-xi-co Bm G A | A | No-bo-dy heard his dy-ing words G | Bm | Bm / / A | Ah, but that's the way it goes G Chorus: All the Fed-e-ra-les say D G They could have had him a-ny day Bm G A They on-ly let him slip a-way G | Bm | Bm | Out of kind-ness, I sup-pose D 3. Lef-ty, he can't sing the blues A All night long like he used to G The dust that Pan-cho bit down south D A En-ded up in Lef-ty's mouth G The day they laid poor Pan-cho low D G Lef-ty split for O-hi-o Bm G A | A | Where he got the bread to go G | Bm | Bm / / A | There ain't no-body knows G Chorus: All the Fed-e-ra-les say D G They could have had him a-ny day Bm G A We on-ly let him slip a-way G | Bm | Bm / / A | G | D | D | Out of kind-ness, I sup-pose Instr: | G | G | D | G | Bm | 1 & 2& 3 & 4& | G / A / | A | G | Bm | Bm / G A | D 4. The po-ets tell how Pan-cho fell A And Lef-ty's li-ving in cheap ho-tels G The de-sert's quiet, Cleve-land's cold D A So the sto-ry ends, we're told G Pan-cho needs your prayers, it's true D G Save a few for Lef-ty too Bm G A | A | He on-ly did what he had to do G | Bm | Bm / G A | And now he's grow-ing old G Chorus: All the Fed-e-ra-les say D G They could have had him a-ny day Bm G A On-ly let him go so long G | Bm | Bm / / A | Out of kind-ness, I sup-pose G Chorus: A few great Fed-e-ra-les say D G They could have had him a-ny day Bm G A They on-ly let him go so long G | Bm | Bm | G / A / | D | Out of kind-ness, I sup-pose
🗝️ D Major
Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note
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