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* BlatantLies: {{Invoked|Trope}} by implication in the refrain of "Pancho and Lefty". Especially in the context of the rest of the song, it's pretty clear that the singer emphatically does not believe what "All the Federales say".

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* BlatantLies: {{Invoked|Trope}} by implication in the refrain of "Pancho and Lefty". Especially in the context of the rest of the song, it's pretty clear that the singer emphatically does not believe what "All the Federales say".(Mexican police) have claimed.
-->All the Federales say\\
They could've had him any day\\
They only let him slip away\\
Out of kindness, I suppose.

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* BlatantLies: {{Invoked|Trope}} by implication in the refrain of "Pancho and Lefty". Especially in the context of the rest of the song, it's pretty clear that the singer emphatically does not believe what "All the Federales say".


John Townes Van Zandt (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997), better known as Townes Van Zandt, was a critically acclaimed American singer-songwriter. Much of Van Zandt’s musical canon–-songs such as "Pancho and Lefty", "For the Sake of the Song", "Tecumseh Valley", "Rex’s Blues" and "To Live is to Fly"-–are widely considered masterpieces of American folk music. His musical style is often described as melancholy in sound and delivery with rich and poetic lyrics. During his early years, Van Zandt was widely respected for his guitar playing and finger-picking ability.

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John Townes Van Zandt (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997), better known as Townes Van Zandt, was a critically acclaimed American singer-songwriter. Much of Van Zandt’s musical canon–-songs such as "Pancho and Lefty", "For the Sake of the Song", "Tecumseh Valley", "Rex’s Blues" and "To Live is to Fly"-–are Fly"--are widely considered masterpieces of American folk music. His musical style is often described as melancholy in sound and delivery with rich and poetic lyrics. During his early years, Van Zandt was widely respected for his guitar playing and finger-picking ability.


* AddledAddict: Quite a few character in his songs, including "Waiting 'Round To Die" and "White Freight Liner Blues". Sadly, a case of WriteWhatYouKnow.



* DrivenToSuicide: "Kathleen"
-->Stars hang high above, the oceans roar\\
The moon is come to lead me to her door\\
There's crystal across the sand\\
And the waves, they take my hand\\
Soon I'm gonna see my sweet Kathleen



* GoodbyeCruelWorld: "A Song For" is based on his own (failed) suicide note.



* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Deconstructed to heartbreaking effect in "Tecumseh Valley."



* RunForTheBorder: Deconstructed somewhat in "Pancho And Lefty"; Lefty sells Pancho to the federales so he can run for the border himself... and ends up [[HoYay dying alone and broken-hearted]].

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* TheRunaway: "Waiting 'Round To Die".
* RunForTheBorder: Deconstructed somewhat in "Pancho And Lefty"; Lefty sells Pancho to the federales so he can run for the border himself... and ends up [[HoYay dying alone and broken-hearted]].




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* TeenageDeathSongs: "Sixteen Summers, Fifteen Falls"
* WackyFratboyHijinx: Spoofed in "Fraternity Blues".


* IDidWhatIHadTo: "Pancho and Lefty":

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* IDidWhatIHadTo: IDidWhatIHadToDo: "Pancho and Lefty":

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* IDidWhatIHadTo: "Pancho and Lefty":
-->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

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* RunForTheBorder: Deconstructed somewhat in "Pancho And Lefty"; Lefty sells Pancho to the federales so he can run for the border himself... and ends up [[HoYay dying alone and broken-hearted]].

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* HellOfAHeaven: "You Are Not Needed Now":
-->"Heaven ain't bad but you don't get nothing done."

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* OneWomanSong: "Kathleen" and "Loretta"



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* TheToothHurts: The subject of "The Interfaith Dental Clinic" story on the album ''Together at the Bluebird Cafe''.

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* DeadMansHand: In the song "Little Willie the Gambler":
--> "Willie's cards fell on the floor they were aces backed with eights"


* SomethingBlues: "Rex's Blues"

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* SomethingBlues: "Fraternity Blues", "White Freight Liner Blues", "Talking Thunderbird Blues", "Rex's Blues"
Blues", "Chauffeur's Blues", and a cover of "Cocaine Blues" all appear on ''Live at the Old Quarter Houston, Texas''.



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* SomethingBlues: "Rex's Blues"

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* RetiredOutlaw: "Pancho and Lefty" has Lefty, who retired to Ohio after his compadre Pancho was killed. [[spoiler: The song implies Lefty sold Pancho out for the reward money as a nest egg.]]

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