The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #10425   Message #72146
Posted By: Joe Offer
19-Apr-99 - 06:28 PM
Thread Name: The Weight - Meaning
Subject: RE: The Weight - Meaning
the Weight
(as recorded by the Band - songwriter uncertain)

I pulled into Nazareth, was feeling 'bout half past dead
I just need some place where I can lay my head
Hey, mister, can you tell me, where a man might find a bed
He just grinned and shook my hand, "No" was all he said.

[Chorus:]
Take a load off Fanny, take a load for free
Take a load off Fanny, and you put the load right on me

I picked up my bags, I went looking for a place to hide
Then I saw old Carmen and the devil walking side by side
I said, "Hey, Carmen, c'mon, let's go downtown"
She said, "I gotta go, but my friend can stick around"

[Chorus]

Go down, miss Moses, ain't nothin' you can say
It's just old Luke, and Luke's waiting on the judgement day
Well, Luke, my friend, what about young Annalee
He said, "Do me a favor, son, won't you stay and keep Annalee company"

[Chorus]

Crazy Chester followed me, and he caught me in the fog
Said, "I will fix your rag, if you'll take Jack, my dog"
I said, "Wait a minute Chester - you know, I'm a peaceful man"
He said, "That's ok, boy, won't you feed him when you can"

[Chorus]

Get your cannonball, now to take me down the line
My bag is sinking low, and I do believe it's time
To get back to Miss Fanny, you know she's the only one
Who sent me here, with her regards for everyone

[Chorus]


Oh, OK - I knew the song, just not the title. I have a book that says a song called "The Weight" was written in 1968 by Jaime Robbie Robertson, which sounds plausible. However, it says the song was recorded by Jackie DeShannon, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Temptations, and by the Band. I'll buy the contention that it was recorded by the Band and written by Robertson - but those other recordings????