No one heard his dying words

May 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

van zandt

A little detour this evening:

Well, Margo, is there anything else you want the world to know?
Actually, yes. We just launched this site called, which is the name of our record label that we put our CDs out on. It’s a downloading site for iPod users, you know. I’m an iPod user, and I think all that downloading music and stuff, that’s great, because it makes the songs so much more accessible. At the same time, though, it’s so overwhelming, because you can go to iTunes and not know where to start. There’s just so much music out there. So we thought we’d start a site that’s kind of like, if you like our music, well here are some artists that we like. Obviously right now it’s just our new CD, but in the future, we’ll also have musicians we’ve worked with, or we’ll put up our unreleased songs … we’ll probably put that Townes Van Zant medley up there … so it makes it more accessible. (

On Pancho and Lefty:

“We got stopped by these two policeman and…they said ‘What do you do for a living?’, and I said, ‘Well, I’m a songwriter’, and they both kind of looked around like ‘pitiful, pitiful’, and so on to that I added, ‘I wrote that song Pancho and Lefty. You ever heard that song Pancho and Lefty? I wrote that’, and they looked back around and they looked at each other and started grinning, and it turns out that their squad car, you know their partnership, it was two guys, it was an Anglo and a Hispanic, and it turns out, they’re called Pancho and I think maybe that’s what it’s about, those two guys… I hope I never see them again” (

Here’s a version of the song with the full band, without the unwelcome flautist. Looks like Bill Hicks on pedal steel.

And Emmylou doing her thing here:

One more for the road:

Let’s call it a night.


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