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Quiz about Anatomy of a Song The Weight
Quiz about Anatomy of a Song The Weight

Anatomy of a Song: "The Weight" Quiz


Just how much do you know about The Band's classic "The Weight"? Pit yourself against 10 questions about the song and/or associated facts. Song #12 in the 'Anatomy' series. All quotes in the answers are derived from www.songfacts.com.

A multiple-choice quiz by FussBudget. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
FussBudget
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
206,339
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
2835
Awards
Top 20% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Guest 24 (9/10), sally0malley (6/10), PurpleComet (7/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. The song opens with:

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

Where is the Nazareth that is referred to in the lyric?
Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. When the singer asked "Hey, mister, can you tell me where a man might find a bed?", what was the helpful reply he got? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. As we reach the chorus, what word is missing?:

"Take a load off ______, take a load for free"
Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Who walked side by side with Carmen? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. What is Luke "waitin' on" in the song? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Who was asked to provide company for Anna Lee? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Where did Chester catch up with the singer? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. By what adjective is Chester described? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. What is 'caught' in the last verse of the song? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. A question with a difference to end with. Coincidentally, the title of one of Petula Clark's best known songs appears in the lyrics. Which song is it?

Answer: (The song in question has been highlighted in a "Seinfeld" episode)

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Most Recent Scores
Jul 14 2024 : Guest 24: 9/10
Jul 06 2024 : sally0malley: 6/10
Jul 06 2024 : PurpleComet: 7/10
Jun 29 2024 : Jane57: 9/10
Jun 12 2024 : Guest 195: 8/10
May 23 2024 : Guest 136: 5/10

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The song opens with: "I pulled into Nazareth, I was feelin' about half past dead" Where is the Nazareth that is referred to in the lyric?

Answer: Pennsylvania

"Nazareth, where the story takes place, refers to the town in Pennsylvania about 70 miles north of Philadelphia. The rock group Nazareth got their name from this line ("Went down to Nazareth, I was feeling about half past dead...")". In the liner notes for the "Across the Great Divide" boxed set, Robbie is quoted as saying that he chose that place because they make legendary Martin Guitars there, so he was aware of the place and been there once or twice".
2. When the singer asked "Hey, mister, can you tell me where a man might find a bed?", what was the helpful reply he got?

Answer: No

"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"

Hurrumph! And people in that industry wonder why there are complaints about customer service!
3. As we reach the chorus, what word is missing?: "Take a load off ______, take a load for free"

Answer: Fanny

"Take a load off Fannie, take a load for free
Take a load off Fannie
And (and) (and) you can put the load right on me"

Okay, before you consider sending me a correction notice debating Annie or Fanny, I did my best to research the correct answer. In the end, I based my answer upon:

http://theband.hiof.no/articles/the_weight_viney.html

It is for that reason I did not include both Annie and Fanny as choices.
4. Who walked side by side with Carmen?

Answer: The Devil

"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"

"The Band's guitarist, Robbie Robertson, claims the song was influenced by the work of Luis Bunuel, a Mexican director who made some of the first movies dealing with surrealism. Robertson was intrigued by the characters in his films, who were often good people who did bad things".
5. What is Luke "waitin' on" in the song?

Answer: Judgement day

"Go down, Miss Moses, there's nothin' you can say
It's just ol' Luke, and Luke's waitin' on the Judgement Day"

"Robbie Robertson got the only writing credit for the song, although other members of the group claimed that they contributed to this as well as many of their other songs and were not credited. Since only the writer receives royalties for a song, this created a great deal of tension in The Band".
6. Who was asked to provide company for Anna Lee?

Answer: The Narrator

"Well, Luke, my friend
What about young Anna Lee?"
He said, "Do me a favor, son
Woncha stay an' keep Anna Lee company?"

Luke asks the song's Narrator to care for Anna Lee. I am sure Chester or Carmen would have kept Anna Lee company if asked. Dunno about Jack, he was a dog.
7. Where did Chester catch up with the singer?

Answer: In the fog

"Crazy Chester followed me
And he caught me in the fog
He said, "I will fix your rags
If you'll take Jack, my dog"

There are some bizarre lyrics in this song, folks! "The Weight" was used in the movie "Easy Rider". The Band performed the version heard in the movie, but on the soundtrack, a different group was used because of legal issues".
8. By what adjective is Chester described?

Answer: Crazy

"Crazy Chester followed me
And he caught me in the fog
He said, "I will fix your rags
If you'll take Jack, my dog"

A look at the above lyrics may provide an insight into why Chester was considered crazy! "The characters in the song - Crazy Chester, Luke, Anna Lee, are based on friends of the band".
9. What is 'caught' in the last verse of the song?

Answer: Cannonball

"Catch a Cannonball, now
To take me down the line
My bag is sinkin' low
And I do believe it's time"

"The Supremes, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, and Jackie DeShannon all covered this. Franklin's version was the biggest hit, reaching #19 US in 1969. It has also been covered by: A Group Called Smith, The Black Crowes, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, Joan Osborne, Keller Williams, King Curtis & Duane Allman, Otis & Travis, Rotary Connection, Spooky Tooth, The Ventures and The Badloves".
10. A question with a difference to end with. Coincidentally, the title of one of Petula Clark's best known songs appears in the lyrics. Which song is it?

Answer: Downtown

I said, "Hey, Carmen, come on, let's go downtown
She said, "I gotta go, but my friend can stick around"

Petula's hit song "Downtown" was featured extensively in Seinfeld episode # 131 "The Bottle Deposit (1)". After having a conversation in the coffee shop where they manage to fit the lyrics of the song into a conversation, George Costanza states :

"I got nothing, Jerry. Nothing".

To which Jerry replies from the song: "Well, Don't hang around and let your problems surround you".
Source: Author FussBudget

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