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Townes Van Zandt chords for Pancho and lefty

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Here's one of my favorite ballads which was written by the inimitable Townes Van
Zandt. Emmylou Harris recorded it, as did Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard in a
duet (don't ask me why). I first heard it in a coffeehouse at RPI (remember
coffeehouses, where people went to hear good music, not get drunk) by Robin and
Linda Williams, of later Prairie Home Companion fame.

I play this with a D, C#, A chord diagramBB bass run transition from the A chord diagramD MajorD chord to whatever
follows. I've indicated this with the following chord notation.

	A chord diagramD MajorD		x00232
	D/C#		x40232
	D4/B( )	x20032

I also lead into the verse with
e+-----------2--
b+--2--3--5-----
g+--------------  then picking out of the A chord diagramD MajorD chord, etc.
d+-----------0--
a+--0--2--4-----
e+--------------
                Livin' on the road, my friend.....

which is nice for many songs played in D.

Enjoy,
Denny Straussfogel


		Pancho and Lefty		by Townes Van Zandt

A chord diagramD MajorD
Livin' on the road...
A chord diagramA augmentedA
Was gonna keep us ...
A chord diagramG+G
But now you wear your ...
        A chord diagramD MajorD           D/C#    D4/B       A chord diagramA augmentedA
And you breath's as ...
A chord diagramG+G
You weren't your ....
        A chord diagramD MajorD        D/C#    D4/B
But her favorite ...
    A chord diagramD MajorD
She began ...
         D/C# D4/B A chord diagramA augmentedA    A chord diagramA7A7
When you said ...
    A chord diagramG+G             A chord diagramB minorBm
And sank into ...

(same chords as first verse)
Pancho was a bandit, ....


Chorus (words change slightly, each time)
A chord diagramG+G
And all the ...
     A chord diagramD MajorD        D/C#    D4/B
They could of ...
      A chord diagramD MajorD    D/C#    D4/B     A chord diagramA augmentedA   A chord diagramA7A7
They only let him ...
       A chord diagramG+G               A chord diagramB minorBm
Out of kindness, ...

Now Lefty he can't sing ....

But all the federales ....

Now poets sing how .....

And all the federales ....

Yes a few old gray ....
ⓘ Guitar chords for 'Pancho And Lefty' by Townes Van Zandt, a male artist from Fort Worth. Townes Van Zandt was born in 1944. He passed away in 1997.

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