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The Weight
The Band
The Band 1968 The Weight 45

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.

Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 63 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1968
  • Hot 100 chart debut: Aug 31, 1968
  • from The Band's debut album Music from Big Pink (1968)
  • the first hit single for The Band
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #41 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • on the record:
       Levon Helm- lead vocals, drums
       Rick Danko- bass guitar, backing vocal, lead vocal (fourth verse)
       Garth Hudson- piano
       Richard Manuel- Hammond organ, backing vocal
       Robbie Robertson- acoustic guitar
  • written by Robbie Robertson; "The Weight" was inspired by the films of Luis Buñuel
  • the lyric "pulled into Nazareth," refers to Nazareth, Pennsylvania, home of the Martin guitar factory
  • produced by John Simon
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