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Watch Willie Nelson & Bob Dylan Reprise A Classic In 'Pancho & Lefty' Duet

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At Nelson's 60th birthday party, the braided western singer brings a longtime friend on stage to sing one of their favorite songs.

In 1993, Willie Nelson threw a 60th birthday concert and brought classic artists like B.B. King, Ray Charles, Neil Young, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, and Paul Simon on stage with him. He also snuck Bob Dylan in for a special treat! 

Both Nelson and Dylan had been known to include Townes Van Zandt's 1972 classic "Pancho And Lefty" in their set lists, but, this time they were making a duet out of it and giving the audience a heavy dose of classic country. The concert-goers included many celebrities and public figures such as Bill Clinton, Gary Busey, Tom and Roseanne Arnold. 

Nelson had been churning out that tune for nearly a decade at that point, and he originally scored a hit with it when he recorded it with Merle Haggard. Just about six years following their success with the track, Dylan started to include it with his shows on the Never Ending Tour

Dylan and Nelson have toured together many times since this concert, and in mid-2004, they duetted on a song they both wrote, called, "Heartland".

Watch these two classic artists pay tribute to a country music pioneer in this amazing video below!  

LYRICS BELOW

Living on the road my friend,
Was gonna keep you free and clean
And now you wear your skin like iron,
And your breath as hard as kerosene

You weren't your mama'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 dying words,
Ah but that's the way it goes

All the Federales say
They could have 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
We could have had him any day
We only let him slip away
Out of kindness, I suppose

The poets tell how Pancho fell,
And Lefty's living 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
We could have had him any day
We only let him go so long
Out of kindness, I suppose

A few gray Federales say
We could have had him any day
We only let him go so long
Out of kindness, I suppose

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