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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