The Staple Singers, The Band The Weight [Live] cover

The Weight [Live]
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Verse 1
I pulled in to Nazareth, was feeling 'bout 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
Verse 2
Take a load off, Fanny
Take a load for free
Take a load off, Fanny
And you put the load right on me
Verse 3
I picked up my bags, 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 gotta go but my friend can stick around'
Verse 4
Oh, take a load off, Fanny
Take a load for free
Take a load off, Fanny
And you put the load right on me
Verse 5
Go down Moses, there's nothing you can say
It's just old Luke, and Luke's waiting on the judgment 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?'
Verse 6
Take a load off, Fanny
Take a load for free
Take a load off, Fanny
And you put the load right on me
Verse 7
Catch a cannonball 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
Verse 8
Take a load off, Fanny
Take a load for free
Take a load off, Fanny
And you put the load right on me
Verse 9
Yeah!

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