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The Weight

The Band

from the album Music from Big Pink released in 1968

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Lyrics

Intro

G (with riff or walkdown)

Verse

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

Chorus

G D/F# C Take a load off, Fanny G D/F# C Take a load for free G D/F# C C (let ring) Take a load off, Fanny...... and... G D/F# Em D C You put the load right on me I picked up my bag, I went looking for a place to hide When I saw Carmen and the Devil walking side by side I said, "Hey, Carmen... come on, let's go downtown" She said, "I gotta go, but m'friend can stick around" (repeat chorus) Go down, Miss Moses, there's nothing you can say It's just old Luke, and Luke's waiting on the Judgement 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 company?" (repeat chorus) Crazy Chester followed me, and he caught me in the fog He said, "I will fix your rags, 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" (repeat chorus, with extra walkdown at the end) Catch a 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 (repeat chorus, with extra walkdown at the end)

Notes & Tabs

Basic chords used

The chords used in this song can be played at their simplest as follows. For the walkdown chords, see the tabs below.

e-|-----3-----0-----2----0-----2-----
B-|-----0-----1-----3----0-----3-----
G-|-----0-----0-----2----0-----4-----
D-|-----0-----2-----0----2-----4-----
A-|-----2-----3----------2-----2-----
E-|-----3----------------0-----------
        G     C     D    Em    Bm 

Walkdown chords

I'll often play these walkdown chords in place of The Band's guitar riff intro. They're also played at the end of each chorus.

e-|----3------2------0------2------0-----
B-|----3------3------0------3------1-----
G-|----0------2------0------2------0-----
D-|----0------0------2------0------2-----
A-|----2------x------2-------------3-----
E-|----3------2------0-------------------
       G     D/F#    Em     D      C 

Chord Progressions

Verse

"I pulled into Nazareth, I was feeling 'bout half past dead..."
| G . . . | Bm . . . | C . . . | G . . . | (repeat)

Chorus

"Take a load off, Fanny..."
| G . D/F# . | C . . . |
| G . D/F# . | C . . . |
| G . D/F# . | C . . . |
"And... (and, and)... put the load right on me..."
| C . . . | . . . . | . . . . | . . . . | (start the walkdown on "me")

Walkdown

| G . D/F# . | Em . D . | C . . . | . . . . | (repeat as desired)

Song Info

Song: The Weight
Artist: The Band
Album: Music from Big Pink
Year: 1968
Label: Capitol

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My name is David Potsiadlo, and I created Songnotes to share my collection of guitar tabs, chords, and lyrics for my favorite songs.

Since I started playing guitar over 10 years ago, I've often been frustrated by the preponderance of mediocre and incomplete song tabs littered across the internet. To combat this, I started keeping my own collection of notes for each song I learn -- always taking the extra time to make sure accuracy and completeness are never compromised. Years later, my collection grew to the point where I knew I had to share it online with fellow aspiring musicians.

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