“Pancho and Lefty,” by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
— Friday, October 21st, 2011 —
More people love the song “Pancho and Lefty” than actually understand what it means. The lyrics are haunting and evocative, but they are murky and hard to interpret.
On this week’s episode of “The Cross and the Jukebox,” I argue that the central thrust of this song is the question of friendship. Friendship is an easy, ephemeral thing in contemporary American culture, in which “friends” are often made by clicking an icon. This song, though, shows both the risks and the glories of what it means to be friends.
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