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聴き比べ ザ・バンドとアレサ『ウェイト(The Weight)』

今日の「聴き比べ」は1968年のザ・バンド(The Band)のヒット曲『ウェイト(The Weight)』です。

映画イージーライダーの挿入曲にも選ばれました。ザ・バンドのファースト・アルバム『Music From Big Pink』に収録されました。私の愛聴盤です。よく口ずさんだ曲でもあります。

 

The Weight

by  Robbie Robertson

 

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

And "No" was all he said

 

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 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?"

And she said, "I gotta go

But my friend can stick around"

 

And 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)

 

Go down, Miss Moses, there's nothin' you can say

It's just ol' Luke, and Luke's waitin' on the Judgement Day

"Well, Luke, my friend, what about young Anna Lee?"

He said, "Do me a favor, son, won't ya stay and keep Anna Lee company?"

 

And 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)

 

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."

 

And 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 Cannonball, 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

 

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)

 


The Weight (Remastered)

 

これを先日紹介したアレサ・フランクリン(Aletha Franklin)がアルバム『This Girl's in Love With You』でカバーしました。例によってソウル・アレンジです。スライド・ギターはデュアン・オールマン(Duan Allman)です。バックにはマッスル・ショールズのリズム・セクションがついています。


The Weight

 

それでは今日はこの辺で。