', a UK number one in 1969 for four weeks which also topped the charts in Europe and Australia.The song won Sarstedt an Ivor Novello award, which he shared with David Bowie’s Space Oddity.Knowing Chester, I would have expected that Fanny was worked pretty hard.
It's still a terrific song with excellent overlapping vocals.
And/and/and///you put the load//put the load/put the load right on me.
Not sure what exactly the lyrics mean about Jack in the story, but that is exactly the way crazy Chester talked. Some of the other characters were part of Chester's family (Luke, Emily, Carmen...).
How do I know all of this, my wife is one of Chester's grandaughtereds.
Look at the stanzas one by one and you can clearly see each maps to a major event or figure in the NT.
Now I am not a religious man at all, but I do calls 'em as I sees 'em. Crazy Chester is Paul, or more generally Jesus' followers, but it could allude to Judas, 'the dog' being his sinfulness at betraying Jesus, who 'feeds his dog' by allowing it to happen.The two weeks that "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" was at #2, the #1 record for both those weeks was by fellow label mate, Marvin Gaye, with "I Heard It Through The Grapevine."On August 25th 1968, "The Weight" by the Band entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 at position #84; the week below Jackie De Shannon's covered version debut on the chart at #100... De Shannon peaked at #55 and the Band was at #63, the following week she remained at #55 and the Band fell to #66... Hell, we might even squeeze all this together into a real legend! Chester did indeed have a dog named Jack and a horse named Fanny. The assumption is that Ricky wanted to unfurrow Fanny (take the load off Fanny).Jackie spent 8 total weeks on the Top 100 while the Band stayed for 7 weeks. The Weight is that one song eternal that goes off in everyone's head and leaves 'em sayin': Wait a minute, I know that tune, did… Now whether he actually wanted to ride Fanny or just felt bad that Fanny had to work hard.Chester dies about 2 yrs ago, so pretty sure we will never know!It's entirely possible that this song is 'only' about Nazareth, PA and some of the members of The Band's friends. A detailed timeline of the events that have shaped British History we have aimed to have been as inclusive as possible and this section is being continually added to.