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


D:    xx0232

      2    4

G/F#: 2x0003


Em:   022000




Strum: D B D DUD B D DU  w/swing feel

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +







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.



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."


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?"



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."


/ 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.



/ G  G/F#  Em  D / C (hold) /

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This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.

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5 Comments for Band, The – The Weight

  1. mark diodati says:

    The chorus for the weight is g g/f#, c not gdc. 

    • Rob Hampton says:

      Thanks for this correction.  I’d have to agree that the bass is definitely playing an F# under that second chord.  Is the guitar?  Who knows…it’s too quiet in the mix for me to hear.  I suspect he’s either playing G/F#, like you suggest, or my personal preference in these situations: D/F#.

      • ROCKIN RUSSELL says:

        i always went to down from G to C,  also thank you

  2. W. Nelson Louderback says:

    The second chord in the intro is Bm,  just like the verse.  G,Bm, Em,D,C,C. and I believe the lyric is Common, (Common man Allagoricly)  not Carman.  might be wrong about the lyric,  The chorus is probably G,Bm,C.  D and Bm  can be substituted for each other in Theory.  I like the Bm, for both places in the progression. Been playing it that way since 1969. 

    • Tom says:

      It’s Carmen!