Chordproc: Townes Van Zandt

Townes Van Zandt


  1. Flyin' Shoes
  2. For The Sake Of The Song
  3. Loretta
  4. No Place To Fall
  5. Pancho And Lefty
  6. Waitin' Round To Die

Flyin' Shoes

G
Am
Days full of rain
D
C
G
Sky's comin' down again
F
C
Am
I get so tired
G
Am
Of these same old blues
G
Am
Same old song
D
C
G
Baby, it won't be long
F
C
Am
'fore I be tyin' on
G
Am
My flyin' shoes
G
Am
Flyin' shoes
F
C
Am
Till I be tyin' on
G
Am
My flyin' shoes Spring only sighed Summer had to be satisfied Fall is a feelin' that I just can't lose. I'd like to stay Maybe watch a winter day Turn the green water To white and blue Flyin' shoes Flyin' shoes Till I be tyin' on My flyin' shoes The mountain moon Forever sets too soon Bein' alone is all the hills can do Alone and then Her silver sails again And they will follow In their flyin' shoes Flyin' shoes They will follow in their Flyin' shoes Days full of rain Skys comin' down again I get so tired Of the same old blues Same old song Baby, it won't be long Till I be tyin' on My flyin' shoes Flyin' shoes Till I be tyin' on My flyin' shoes



For The Sake Of The Song

Intro
A
D
A
D
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B|-----2-----2---2----(3)-------(3)----2-----2---2----(3)-----------|(3)
G|---2-----2---2-----2---------------2-----2---2-----2--------------|
D|-------2---------0---------------------2---------0----------------|
A|-0-------------------------------0--------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------|
A
E
A
A
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Verse
A
D
A
A
Why does she sing her sad songs for me? I'm not the one
A
D
A
A
To tenderly bring her soft sympathy. I've just begun
E
E
A
A
To see me way clear and its plain if I stop I should fall.
E
E
A
A
I can lay down a tear for her pain, just a tear and that's all.
Pre-Chorus
D
A
D
What does she want me to do? She says that she knows
E
A
A
These moments are rare, I suppose that it's true.
D
E
A
A
Then on she goes to say I don't care, ah, she knows that I do.
Chorus
E
E
A
A
Maybe she just has to sing for the sake of the song
E
E
A
And who do I think that I am to decide that she's wrong?



Loretta

E
A
E
Well Loretta she's my barroom girl
A
E
Wears them sevens on her sleeves
E
A
E
Dances like a diamond shines
A
E
Tells me lies I love to b'lieve
B7
Her age is always twenty two
A
E
Her laughin' eyes a hazel hue
E
A
E
Spends my money like water falls
A
E
Loves me like I want her to Well Loretta won't you say to me Darlin' put your guitar on Have a little shot of booze Play a blue and wailin' song My guitar rings a melody My guitar sings "Loretta's fine" Long and lazy, blond and free I can have her any time Sweetest at the break a day Prettiest in the setting sun She don't cry when I can't stay 'Least not 'til she's all alone Loretta I won't be gone long Keep your dancin' slippers on Keep me on your mind a while I'll be back babe, to make you smile.
Loretta I won't be gone long
Keep your dancin' slippers on
Keep me on your mind a while
I'm comin' home, I'm comin' home.
Between each pair of verses Townes plays a simple bass run twice:
E
A
E
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G|-----------------1----|
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A|-2-h4----------4-2----|
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No Place To Fall

Capo 2
Chorus
D
Dmaj7
D7
If I had no place to fall
G
D
And I needed to
Em
G
Could I count on you
D
To lay me down?
Verse
D
Dmaj7
D7
I'd never tell you no lies
G
D
I don't believe it's wise
Em
G
You got pretty eyes
D
Won't you spin me 'round
Em
A
I ain't much of a lover it's true
Em
F#m
I'm here then I'm gone
D
E
And I'm forever blue
A
But I'm sure wanting you
Verse
Skies full of silver and gold Try to hide the sun But it can't be done Least not for long And if we help each other grow While the light of day Smiles down our way Then we can't go wrong Time, she's a fast old train She's here then she's gone And she won't come again Won't you take my hand
Chorus
D
Dmaj7
D7
If I had no place to fall
G
D
And I needed to
Em
G
Could I count on you
D
To lay me down?



Pancho And Lefty

G
Am
C
Livin' on the road my friend
G
Is gonna keep you free and clean
F
And now you wear your skin like iron
C
G
And your breath is hard as kerosene
F
You weren't your mama's only boy
C
F
Her favorite one it seems
C
F
G
She began to cry when you said goodbye
F
Am
And sank to 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' word Oh but that's the way it goes
F
All the Federales, they say
C
F
They could have had him any day
C
F
G
They only let him slip away
F
Am
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 lay poor Pancho low Lefty split for Ohio Where he got the bread to go There ain't nobody knows All the Federales they say We could have had him any day We only let him slip away Out of kindness I suppose The poets tell how Poncho fell And Lefty's livin' in a cheap hotel The desert's quiet, Cleveland's cold And so the story ends we're told Pancho needs your prayers, it's true Save a few for Lefty too He only did what he had to do And now he's growin' old All the Federales, they say We could have had him any day They only let him go so long Out of kindness I suppose A few gray Federales, they say Could have had him any day We only let him go so long Out of kindness I suppose



Waitin' Round To Die

Am
Dm
Sometimes I don't know where this dirty road is taking me
Am
Em
Sometimes I don't even know the reason why
Am
Dm
But I guess I'll keep on ramblin', lots of booze and lots of gamblin'
Am
Em
Am
It's easier than just waitin' around to die Once I had a Ma, I even had a Pa He beat her with a belt once 'cause she cried She told him to take care of me, headed down to Tennessee It was easier than just waitin around to die I came of age and I met a girl in a Tuscaloosa bar She cleaned me out and hid it on the sly I tried to kill the pain, I bought some wine and hopped a train Seemed easier than just waiting around to die My friend said he knew where some easy money was We robbed a man and brother did we fly The police caught up with me, dragged me back to muskogee Now it's two long years of waitng around to die Now I'm out of prison, I got me a friend at last She don't drink or steal or cheat or lie Her name is Codiene, she's the finest thing I've seen And together we're gonna wait around to die