Did Lefty, Kill Pancho?

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    I've had this song stuck in my head all day loooong! It isn't new to me. I've known it word for word since childhood. But for some reason it popped into my head at work today and I can't shake it!
    The story it tells is quite leading. Yet ambiguous. It kinda glosses over Panchos death. The character the song starts out telling you about... Seems important to the story. But then it shifts to telling us about Lefty. And doing so in terms that make it seems like Lefty isnt doing so well, after that day in the desert.
    It isn't often a song comes along and poses such an interesting "whodunit".
    But this one has me kinda stumped.
    At this point I'm ready to chalk it up to; Pancho pulled off a job too big and dangerous, the only way out for Lefty was to kill Pancho and split with the spoils, which he wasted away in seclusion, in regret for his betrayal?
    Any thoughts?

    Here's the Lyric version of that helps...
     
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    I think lefty killed Pancho and left with the money. The chase kept him alive and when Pancho died all that was left was growing old.
     
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    Did Lefty, Kill Pancho?

    no lefty and pancho are the same guy

    the product of a split personality disorder


    pancho was his better self

    and lefty is what he became through depression drugs and alcohol


    the best version is by the original artist

    probably the best country song writer ever

    Townes Van Zandt
     
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    I looked at the link and couldn’t find what you alluded to. The song states clearly that the Federales could have had him any day, and let him slip away...
     
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    I think I see I now in the last verse where it states “they only let him go so long”...
    So lefty sold him out...
    Damn.
     
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    The song states clearly that the Federales could have had him any day, and let him slip away.


    yes that was part of Townes mental illness the feeling of being persecuted
     
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    Van Zandt is the only one who knows what the song meant, and he's not in a speaking mood right now.

    It will probably be debated for decades to come...

    Willie Nelson - Pancho And Lefty Lyrics | SongMeanings
     
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    One of the great mysteries in music history.
     
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    it is a great song
     
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