The Weight

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The Band were a Canadian-American roots rock group that originally consisted of Rick Danko (bass guitar, double bass, fiddle, trombone, vocals), Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboard instruments, saxophones, trumpet), Richard Manuel (piano, drums, baritone saxophone, vocals) and Robbie Robertson (guitar, vocals). The members of the Band first came together as they joined rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins's backing group, The Hawks, one by one between 1958 and 1963. more »


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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. 

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 
When 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" 


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


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 okay, boy, won't you feed him when you can" 


Catch the 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 


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