My Favorite Lyrics

“Pancho And Lefty”

Livin on the road my friend, is gonna keep you free and clean
Now you wear your skin like iron
Your breath as hard as kerosene
You weren’t your momma’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 boy, 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 on the deserts down in Mexico
Nobody heard his dyin words, ah but that’s the way it goesAll the Federales say, they could’ve had him any day
They 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, they could’ve had him any day
They only let him slip away out of kindness I suppose

The boys tell how old Pancho fell, and Lefty’s livin in cheap hotels
The desert’s quiet, 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 growing old

All the Federales say, they could’ve had him any day
They only let him go so long, out of kindness I suppose

A few gray Federales say, they could’ve had him any day
They only let him go so long, out of kindness I suppose

Van Zandt, Townes. “”Pancho And Lefty” Lyrics.” WILLIE NELSON LYRICS.                           Musixmatch, 2000. Web. 17 Oct. 2015.
        The lyrics of “Pancho and Lefty” were originally written by Townes Van Zandt but were more famously recorded by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. However, no matter who sings the song, it is one of my all time favorites because of the imaginative comparisons and interesting story line. Unlike many songs written today, “Pancho and Lefty” tells a complete story instead of only representing a theme or some other fragment of a narrative. I always enjoy being able to follow the song from the original partnership of the two bandits to Pancho’s death and Lefty’s retreat to the North. Also, the prideful character of the “Federales” is interesting since they claim to have the ability to catch the bandits on any day.
        When it comes to the perfect comparisons encompassed within these lyrics, none stands out more thoroughly than the horse as “fast as polished steel” which equates this animals incredible speed to that of a new car. Also, the skin which Pancho wore “like iron” ends up as an ironic element since even this figurative armor could not protect him from his deadly encounter with the Federales. Even the reference to the “dust which Pancho bit down South” which “ended up in Lefty’s mouth” is a metaphor for the blame for and consequences of Pancho’s death. With his partner dead, Lefty is now forced to run from the Federales who are now after him because of his association with Pancho.
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