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The Weight

The Band

 

Capo 2 - Original version is in same key w/out capo, and requires a C#m barre chord.  This version avoids barre chords by substituting a Bm7 chord for the Bm.

 

Chord Guide

      3    4

G:    3x0003

       1 2 3

Bm7:  x20202

(substitute for Bm)

       32 1

C:    x32010

         132

D:    xx0232

      2    4

G/F#: 2x0003

       12

Em:   022000

 

 

 

Strum: D B D DUD B D DU  w/swing feel

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

 

 

 

Intro:

 

G (1 measure)

 

G (½)              Bm (½)             C (½)                          G (½)

I pulled into Nazareth, I was feelin' about half past dead;

G (½)                       Bm (½)       C (½)              G (½)
   I just need some place where I can lay my head.

G (½)                           Bm (½)                C (½)                   G (½)
"Hey, mister, can you tell me where a man might find a bed?"

G (½)                              Bm (½)                   C (½)                   G (½)
   He just grinned and shook my hand, and "No!", was all he said.

 

Chorus:



G (¼)        D (¼)      C (½)  G (¼)     D (¼)        C (½)
   Take a load off Fannie, take a load for free;

G (¼)        D (¼)      C (½)    C (hold 7 beats--a measure of 4/4 and a measure of3/4) 
   Take a load off Fannie, And (and) (and) you can put the load right on me.

/ G  G/F#  Em  D / C - - - /


G (½)                   Bm (½)        C (½)                         G (½)

  I picked up my bag, I went lookin' for a place to hide;
G (½)            Bm (½)                        C (½)               G (½)

When I saw Carmen and the Devil walkin' side by side.

G (½)                   Bm (½)          C (½)                   G (½)
    I said, "Hey, Carmen, come on, let's go downtown."

G (½)         Bm (½)                 C (½)                          G (½)
She said, "I gotta go, but my friend can stick around."


Chorus



G (½)                    Bm (½)             C (½)                G (½)
   Go down, Miss Moses, there's nothin' you can say

G (½)              Bm (½)                 C (½)                                G (½)
   It's just ol' Luke, and Luke's waitin' on the Judgement Day.

G (½)                      Bm (½)             C (½)                 G (½)
   "Well, Luke, my friend, what about young Anna Lee?"

G (½)                         Bm (½)                     C (½)                           G (½)
   He said, "Do me a favor, son, woncha stay an' keep Anna Lee company?"


Chorus



G (½)                  Bm (½)                     C (½)                    G (½)
   Crazy Chester followed me, and he caught me in the fog.

G (½)                    Bm (½)               C (½)                       G (½)
    He said, "I will fix your rags, if you'll take Jack, my dog."

G (½)                                  Bm (½)                C (½)                G (½)
   I said, "Wait a minute, Chester, you know I'm a peaceful man."

G (½)                       Bm (½)                    C (½)                        G (½)
   He said, "That's okay, boy, won't you feed him when you can."


Chorus



/ G  G/F#  Em  D / C - - - /

 

G (½)                      Bm (½)         C (½)                  G (½)
    Catch a Cannonball, now, t'take me down the line

G (½)            Bm (½)               C (½)              G (½)
   My bag is sinkin' low and I do believe it's time.

G (½)                          Bm (½)                 C (½)              G (½)
   To get back to Miss Annie, you know she's the only one.

G (½)                   Bm (½)             C (½)               G (½)
    Who sent me here with her regards for everyone.



Chorus



 

/ G  G/F#  Em  D / C (hold) /


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