November 24th, 2014

The Weight Explained In Honor Of Stephen King

Since Stephen King's latest book "Revival" is all about the song "The Weight" I figure it might be fun to break the song down a bit.

Here we go!

"I pulled into Nazareth, was feelin' about 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"

Ok. This is the most easy part. When Mary and Joseph wanted to give birth to Jesus there was no room at the inn. And, Jesus, was, you know, from Nazareth.

"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."

This is the second easist to get. Jesus took the weight of the world off of our shoulders. We put the  weight on him.  Only confusing because they made Jesus female - but why not?

"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"

This is a reference to Jesus being tempted on the cross by the devil. In the Bible he's given a chance to be free but he says "no".

"Go down, Miss Moses, there's nothin' you can say
It's just ol' Luke and Luke's waitin' 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?"

Another super easy part to get. I could go into all the crap that Luke says in the Bible but the most important part is that he's trusting this  Jesus figure to take care of things when the rapture happens.

"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"

This is the devil testing Jesus. Will you kill a dog if it becomes a pain in the ass? Nope, Jesus responds. What it means beyond that is that Jesus is saying we shouldn't let people starve. We should do what we can for them.

"Catch a cannon ball 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"

Jesus is once again dying for our sins. At this point ihe's a soldier in the cilvil war getting killed to free the slaves (not unlike Moses.) And he's finally saying point blank that he's Jesus by saying he's been sent here to say "hi" to all of us.