Please Explain "The Weight" Lyrics.

This song has been confusing me for more years than I care to mention.

The Weight

It’s obvious that some of it is a Biblical reference and I guess “Fanny” is his wife. But after that I’m lost.

*" 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." * :confused:

This may help.

Contrary to assumptions, it’s not really a biblical reference. “Nazareth” means Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and it’s merely saying that people keep asking you to do them favors.


Mudcat lists a different chord progression, but there’s no forum topic on this one.