The Band: The Weight (testo canzone)

Artista: The Band
Canzone: The Weight
Album: Music from Big Pink (1968)

The Weight è una canzone del 1968 del gruppo canadese The Band, pubblicata come singolo, ed estratta dal loro album di debutto Music from Big Pink.

The Weight è una delle canzoni più conosciute del gruppo, e una fra le più celebri della controcultura della fine degli anni sessanta.

L’importanza del brano è stata testimoniata dalla posizione 41 nella classifica della 500 migliori canzoni della storia, stilata dalla rivista Rolling Stone, e dal numero di cover (la più nota di Aretha Franklin) che il brano ha ricevuto negli anni successivi. (Wikipedia-it, Wikipedia-en)

The Weight

“I pulled into Nazareth
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
– no – was all he said

Take a load off, Fanny
take a load for free
take a load off, Fanny
and (and) (and) you put the load right on me
(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 (and) (and) you put the load right on me
(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’tcha stay and keep Anna Lee company?”

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

Yeah, take a load off, Fanny
take a load for free
take a load off, Fanny
and (and) (and) you put the load right on me
(you put the load right on me)

Catch a cannon ball 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

Yeah, take a load off, Fanny
take a load for free
take a load off, Fanny
and (and) (and) you put the load right on me
(you put the load right on me)”.

Video

The Band

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFqb1I-hiHE

Aretha Franklin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wta5GU3FNhA