The Weight Lyrics - The Band

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I pulled into Nazareth, I was feelin' about 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, and "No!", was all he said.

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 bag, I went lookin' for a place to hide;
When I saw Carmen and the Devil walkin' side by side.
I said, "Hey, Carmen, come on, let's go downtown."
She said, "I gotta go, but my friend can stick around."

Take a load off Fanny, take a load for free;
Take a load off Fanny, and you put the load right on me.

Go down, Miss Moses, there's nothin' you can say
It's just ol' Luke, and Luke's waitin' on the Judgment Day.
"Well, Luke, my friend, what about young Anna Lee?"
He said, "Do me a favor, son, won't you stay and keep Anna Lee
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Take a load off Fanny, take a load for free;
Take a load off Fanny, and you put the load right on me.

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

Take a load off Fanny, take a load for free;
Take a load off Fanny, and you put the load right on me.

Catch a Cannonball, now, to take me down the line
My bag is sinkin' 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.

Take a load off Fanny, take a load for free;
Take a load off Fanny, and you put the load right on me.



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Authorship claims | Reviewer: Tom M. | 4/3/14

Sadly, Robertson gets written credit for the lyrics, but that was due more to some legal maneuvering than actual writing, I suspect. He was definitely a great guitarist, a bad singer, and a great manipulator, if tales are to be believed.

Meaning is what you make of it.... | Reviewer: Cadmus301 | 10/20/13

Regardless of what the author intended or the Band sang, meaning is intensely personal and subjective. Simplest terms, were it a painting would you hang it over your couch? Whatever it means to you and whatever memories it conjures are yours alone so just enjoy and quit trying to define what you can't for everyone else.

Dont always mean anything | Reviewer: Mike | 10/21/13

Im sure many song writers laugh at us trying to find the meaning of their songs. Some songs are just A lot of interesting lines put together that seem to tell a story but actually are just random and meaningless ,possibly wrote under the influence of some creative inspiring substance.

Songwriter error | Reviewer: Gregmon | 4/29/13

It's correct in current form. It's Fanny, Carmen, and "the rack."

And it's Nazareth, PA, the home of steel guitar manufacturer, designer C. F. Martin & Company.

Aside from the biblical references and artistic license, it's about going somewhere and people keep saying, "Hey, while you're there, could you do me a simple favor AND..."

But the credits are jumbled at the end. They list the writers of "Talk About the Passion" by an over-rated band from Athens, Georgia.

RELIEVED | Reviewer: Liza Pi | 1/22/13

I got in a disagreement or rather shouting match with my honey over whether it's Fannie or Annie. I knew it was Fannie, but the first few sites I checked said Annie. It was freaking me right out. So thank you for setting the record straight. I don't know if I could have lived in a "take the load off Annie" world.

Correction: | Reviewer: David | 6/6/10

It's karma, not Carmen.

I picked up my bag, I went lookin' for a place to hide when I saw Karma and the Devil walkin' side by side. I said, "Hey, Karma, come on, let's go downtown." She said, "I gotta go, but my friend can stick around."

The devil's in town, but where's the karma bro?

more info | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/6/10

"The Weight" takes the folk music motif of a traveler, who in the first line arrives in Nazareth in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Once there, he encounters various residents of the town, the song being a story of these encounters. Nazareth is the hometown of the guitar manufacturer C. F. Martin & Company. Years later, the band Nazareth took its name from this line. The Biblical Nazareth was the childhood home of Jesus.

The residents include a man who cannot direct the traveler to a hotel, Carmen and the Devil walking side by side, "Crazy Chester," who offers a bed in exchange for the traveler taking his dog, and Luke who is dying ("waiting on Judgment Day"), leaving his young bride behind and alone.

In Levon Helm's autobiography This Wheel's on Fire, Helm explains that the people mentioned in the song were based on real people The Band knew. The "Miss Anna Lee" mentioned in the lyric is Helm's longtime friend Anna Lee Amsden

Dylanologist 101 | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/13/09

Ok, enough, the song is about everyone in the world trying to put there load on you and you just want to get by. it was the 60's and there was a bunch of "stuff' all over and all the elders wanted to dump it on you. carmen wanted to give you her devil, Old luke was going and he wanted you to look out for his girl and chester just wanted you to take care of his dog. You see all this around you and you decide it is time to get back home and take care of your own "fannie".

My take on Dylan And the Band | Reviewer: Bullfrog | 11/30/08

I dont say they made each other at all. Both Bob and The Band can stand alone. Bob was huge in our eyes, if you remember, before he teamed with the BAND. The Band is Great, like no greatness will ever be known, Likewise Bob Dylan all by himself is greatness like the world has never known. One has to REALLY Love both and know enough about both to make a proper assertation.
Anyhow, I love all you folks also; have an Enjoyable life! Do good where you can ; otherwise just Do.

Thanks: Bullfrog.

The Greatest Band of the 70's | Reviewer: Kenneth | 11/19/08

Just want to support those who have lauded this song. It is a masterpiece. It is about "the clap" and the boys put together a great set of lyrics and musical backing to the song. Remember that they are Canadians, not US of A types, so they are able to invoke a certain amount of irreverence in their songs US of A people find troubling.

Anyway, great song, great lyrics and just one of the songs which go to making this group the Greatest Band of the late 60's and early 70's.

Ever been to a whorehouse? | Reviewer: John P | 10/23/08

I sure don't know anyone in The Band, but they sure are grinning when they sing this one.
It's not "take a load off Fanny", its "take a load of fanny". "Fanny" means a piece of ass, and the guy just knocked on the whorehouse door. And the owner just offered him a freebee, but not a place to sleep. The grin? Look it up. I don't have a clue about Chester and the dog.

The Weight | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/17/08

The song is not religous. According to Levon Helm, of The Band, it is about a town called Nazareth in Eastern Pennsylvania, where they manufacture Martin guitars. The song is a sort of story about the encounters the man has after arriving in Nazareth.

the weight | Reviewer: jack | 7/11/08

songs about a man with weight on his chest. nazareth was a place in the bible and the man ends up in heaven the part "hey mister can you tell me where a man might find a bed" is referring to god. wasnt his time so they sent him back to his fanny.

Fannie, and song meaning | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/3/08

The name is Fannie, not Annie. This is clear when you hear the line "get back to miss Fannie" and the F is so audible...

The whole song was written using actual friends of the Band who lived in/around Woodstock...

Ok, just enjoy it | Reviewer: David Rehm | 5/30/08

re:johnwwwatson comment; well, I've been wondering about the meaning of each line of this great work of art for some time. I don't agonize over it and I don't worry about it, I just wonder what mystery there is in the creation, but your comment makes more sense than anyone's.....sometimes the music just comes and the words are filled in. Like so many other songs we should just enjoy it.


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