Pancho and Lefty

"Pancho and Lefty" is a song written by country music artist Townes Van Zandt. Often considered his "most enduring and well-known song," Van Zandt first recorded it for his 1972 album The Late Great Townes Van Zandt.


Pancho and Lefty (WORD)
Pancho and Lefty (PDF)

You can play in the same key as the Emmy Lou video in GCEA tuning! Try throwing in some SUS4 chords in the [C] and [G]s for interest. The lyrics are a mixture of Van Zandt and Emmy Lou versions particularly in the choruses.

A music video for the song "Pancho and Lefty", was released in 1983, depicting Willie Nelson as Pancho, and Merle Haggard as Lefty. Townes Van Zandt also appears in a supporting role. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as the 17th greatest Western song of all time.A video for this song:

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