Emmylou Harris:Pancho & Lefty Lyrics

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Pancho & Lefty

This song is by Emmylou Harris and appears on the album Luxury Liner (1977).

This song is a cover of "Pancho And Lefty" by Townes Van Zandt.
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Pancho & Lefty
Livin' 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
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, boys
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
In the deserts down in Mexico
And nobody heard his dyin' words
Ah but that's the way it goes

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

The poets tell how Pancho fell
Lefty's livin' in a cheap hotel
The desert's quiet and 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 growin' old

All the Federales say
Could of had him any day
We only let him slip away
Out of kindness I suppose

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


  • Words and Music: Townes Van Zandt
  • Musicians:
    • Emmylou Harris: Vocals
    • Albert Lee: Electric Guitar, Supporting Vocal
    • Glen D. Hardin: Piano
    • Mickey Raphael: Harmonica
    • Hank DeVito: Pedal Steel
    • Brian Ahern: Acoustic Guitar
    • Rick Cunha: Acoustic Guitar
    • Ricky Skaggs: Mandolin
    • Emory Gordy: Bass
    • John Ware: Drums
    • Rodney Crowell: Supporting Vocal

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