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.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).
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...).
I made a scratch copy of a tape brought back from the US by some guys and a designer friend living in our flat upstairs in South Kensington, London UK back in the early summer of 1968 and this great song has been with me ever since.
I take the lyrics as a straight description of fact and geography but do read whatever you like into it as it is beautifully lyrical and powerfully performed an all great art invites one to do. v=3Ekr NSC3t1QI thought I'd add that in the biblical books of Luke and Matthew, Jesus said "Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head." "Son of Man" was an expression he used to refer to himself.
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.
Your theory rests on very shakey ground, in my humble opinion. Y.(above) The correct name of the female Staple Singer whorocks this song in The Last Waltz is Mavis Staple, not Marva.
(The late "Pops" Staple's correct first name was Roebuck.)Hugh from Calgary, Canada.I am a long time Pennsylvania musician who resides fairly close to the town of Nazareth Pa.I have attended VIP tours by invitation at the Martin guitar factory.If memory serves, Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones guitarist after Brian Jones and before Ronnie Wood) was eventually booted from the band over his constant carping about not getting writing credits for the various Jagger-Richards songs that he collaborated on (and, yes, his drug use didn't help).You think he doesn't wish he had a nickel for every million dollars Ronnie Wood earned playing guitar for the Stones over the past 40 years!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.I am moved to comment as I have just came across what must be one Levon Holme's last public performances of the song - on which it appears that he can no longer sing -with friends. On February 15th 1969, at a local club in Fort Myers, Florida a hairdresser named Vickie Jones was arrested for impersonating Aretha Franklin during a concert. Jone's performance was so good, that not one patron asked for a refund...And the very next day on February 16th, Aretha's covered version of "The Weight" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #52; four weeks later on March 16th it would peak at #19 and it stayed on the chart for 7 weeks... One month later on March 9th "The Weight's" B-side, a cover of the Miracles' "Tracks of My Tears", debut on the Top 100 for a six week stay, peaking at #71 on March 30th, 1969...Aretha Louise Franklin will celebrate her 74th birthday come next month on March 25th .On September 7th 1969, "The Weight" by the Supremes and the Temptations entered the Hot Top 100 chart at position #69; and on September 21st, 1969 it peaked at #46 and spent 5 weeks on the Top 100... The pairing of the two super groups also produced two more Top 100 records; "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" and "I'll Try Something New" .. Just a little background on the characters origins in this song. A neighbour of his was Chester, and when Ricky was old enough worked on the tobacco farm that Chester owned.