I picked up my bag, I went lookin' for a place to hide When I saw Carmen and the Devil walkin' side by side. These lines suggest temptation. Carmen, one of opera's most unforgettable characters, is synonymous with seduction and its disastrous consequences. Completely undone by Carmen's charms, the formerly noble and duty-minded Don Jose neglects his duty, draws his sword on a superior officer, deserts his unit, and, of course, eventually kills Carmen. In other words, Carmen is temptation, a fitting companion for the Devil, and a dangerous obstacle for the traveler trying to complete the errand he has undertaken for Miss Fanny. Robbie Robertson is clearly aware of all the meaning attached to the name Carmen.
Written by Band member Robbie Robertson , the song is about a visitor's experiences in a town mentioned in the lyric's first line as Nazareth. The Band's recording also fared well in Canada and the UK — in those countries, the single was a top 40 hit, peaking at No. The song had three cover releases in and with arrangements that appealed to a diversity of music audiences. Aretha Franklin 's soul music arrangement was included in her This Girl's in Love with You album, which peaked in the U. The Band's and Jackie DeShannon's versions never mentioned the title. The original members of The Band performed "The Weight" as an American Southern folk song with country music vocals, guitars and drums and gospel music piano and organ elements. The lyrics ,  written in the first-person , are about a traveler's experiences arriving, visiting, and departing a town called Nazareth. According to Robertson, this is based on Nazareth, Pennsylvania , because it was the home of Martin Guitars. He wrote the guitar parts on a Martin D
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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? Take a load off Fanny Take a load for free Take a load off Fanny And and and you put the load right on me You put the load right on me. I picked up my bag, I went lookin' for a place to hide When I saw Carmen and the Devil walkin' side by side I said, "Hey, Carmen, come on let's go downtown" She said, "I gotta go but my friend can stick around". 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". Yeah, take a load off Fanny Take a load for free Take a load off Fanny And and and you put the load right on me You put the load right on me. Catch a cannon ball now to take me down the line My bag is sinkin' 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.
If this is his first year, I believe he has at least two more years, possibly as many as four or five. Well if she knew or ever found out, in her eyes you'll be a loathsome perverted deviant in need of sex addiction counseling. I prayed about whether to marry this man, and I felt and still feel strongly that it was right for me. It sure has its ups and downs.