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Thread #10425   Message #72302
Posted By: Dave T
20-Apr-99 - 08:34 PM
Thread Name: The Weight - Meaning
Subject: RE: The Weight - Meaning
Interesting link Shambles. This is probably one of the most requested songs I run into (along with Paul Simon's The Boxer). I've always looked at the song as a collection of "image bites" on some trek through Americana. Connecting it all is the chorus. I figured "Take the weight of Fanny" referred to taking the sins of Fanny (and the world ??) onto one's self, like Christ. This kind of fits with the overall religious feel to the song. Funny, I've never really discussed the meaning of this song with anyone before; we've always just played. Anyway, like many songs and stories, the most important meaning may be the one we develop for ourselves from our own situation, experiences and beliefs.

Dave T