"The Weight" by The Band: What is this song about?

I’ve always liked the song The weight by the Band, but I’ve never been able to figure out what the lyrics are supposed to mean. Does anyone know what this song is about, or is it just cryptic nonsense words?

Lyrics to The weight

Wheredid you get the idea that the lyrics were nonsense?

They make perfect sense.

They tell a story.

Granted, there are a number of holes in the story, but the lyrics clearly tell a story.

There’s sort of an explanation here

Thanks for the link. Well that makes sense sort of. It’s just sort of an impressionistic lyrical collage then. I’ve always tried to make sense of the Biblical references, but maybe I was trying too hard to tie everything together.

Try this link…it’s pretty informative.