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THE WEIGHT
Jaime Robbie Robertson

A C#m D A
I pulled in to Nazareth, I was feeling about half past dead.
A C#m D A
I just need some place where I can lay my head.
A C#m D A
"Hey, Mister, can you tell me where a man might find a bed?"
A C#m D A
He just grinned, shook my hand, "No" was all he said.

A A/G# D
Take a load off, Fanny.
A A/G# D
Take a load for free.
A A/G# D
Take a load off, Fanny.
D A
And... you put the load right on me.
|:A A/G# |F#m7 E |D | :|

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 got to go, but my friend can stick around."
(refrain)
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."
(refrain)
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?"
(refrain)
Get your Canonball 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.
(refrain)

{t:THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN}
{st:The Band}
[C] [Am] Virgil [C/G]Caine is the name, and I serve[F]d on th[F/E]e Danvill[Dm]e train,
[Am] 'Til Stoneman'[C/G]s Calvery came an[F]d tore up th[F/E]e tracks[Dm] again.
[Am/E] In the winter o[F]f '65, We wer[C]e hungry, jus[Dm]t barely alive.
[Am/E] By May the tenth[F], Richmond had fell, it's a ti[C]me I [Dm]remember, oh s[D]o well,
{c:Chorus}
The [C/G]Night They Dr[Fmaj7]ove Old Dixie [C/G]Down, and the [Fmaj7]bells were ringing,
The [C/G]Night They [Fmaj7]Drove Old Dixie [C/G]Down, and the [Fmaj7]people were singin'. They went
[C/G]La, La, La, [Am]La, La, La, [Gsus4]La, La, La, La, La, La, [F] La, La,
[Am] Back with my wife i[C]n Tennessee, Whe[F]n one day sh[F/E]e called t[Dm]o me,
[Am] "Virgil[C], quick, come see[F], there goe[F/E]s Robert E[Dm]. Lee!"
[Am/E] Now I don't min[F]d choppin' wood, and [C]I don't care if th[Dm]e money's no good.
[Am/E] Ya take what ya need and y[F]a leave the rest,
But the[C]y never should hav[Dm]e taken the ver[D]y best. (Chorus)
[Am] Like my father [C]before me[F], I wil[F/E]l work th[Dm]e land,
[Am] Like my brothe[C]r above me[F], who took [F/E]a rebe[Dm]l stand.
[Am/E] He was just eighteen[F], proud and brave,[C] But a Yankee laid hi[Dm]m in his grave,
[Am/E] I swear by the mud [F]below my feet,
Yo[C]u can't raise a Caine bac[Dm]k up when he's in [D]defeat. (Chorus and fade)

{t:Up On Cripple Creek}
{st:The Band}
When [A]I get off of this mountain, you kn[D]ow where I want to go?
[A]Straight down the M[D]ississippi River to the G[E]ulf of Mexico.
[A]To Lake Charles, Louisianna, little B[D]essie, a girl who I once knew.
[A]She told me just to c[D]ome on by if there's a[E]nything that she could do.
[A]Up on Cripple Creek, she sends me.
[D]If I spring a leak, she mends me.
[E]I don't have to speak, she defends me.
[F#m]A drunkard's dream if I e[G]ver did see one.
Good luck had just stung me, to the race track I did go.
She bet on one horse to win and I bet on another to show.
The odds were in my favor, I had them five to one.
That nag to win came around the track, sure enough she had won.
{c:Refrain}
I took up all of my winnings and I gave little Bessie half.
She tore it up and threw it in my face just for a laugh.
There's one thing in the whole wide world I sure would like to see.
That's when that little love of mine dips her doughnut in my tea.
{c:Refrain}
Me and my mate we were back at the shack, we had Spike Jones on the box.
She says, "I can't take the way he sings, but I love to hear him talk."
Now that just gave my heart a throb to the bottom of my feet.
And I swore as I took another pull, my Bessie can't be beat.
{c:Refrain}
Yodel over: |:A |D |A |D :|
There's a flood out in California and up north it's freezing cold.
And this living on the road is getting pretty old.
So I guess I'll call up my big mama, tell her I'll be rolling in.
But you know, deep down, I'm kind of tempted
To go and see my Bessie again.
{c:Refrain}
The Band

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