`The Weight' - Correct Arrangement?

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  1. Blind Willie

    Blind Willie Senior Member

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    Anybody know where I can get a copy of the CORRECT arrangement for `The Weight'. I've seen so many different versions online and in print. I'm more concerned with the accuracy of the descending bit after each verse...I've seen many different interpretations.

    Can anybody help?
     
  2. DADGAD

    DADGAD Senior Member

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    I have a tab for it but I'm not sure how accurate it is to what you want.
     
  3. Freddy G

    Freddy G V.I.P. Member

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    I don't understand your confusion. Never mind interpretations, tab or print. Just listen to it....it's so straightforward. Is there a specific part you're having a problem with?

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFqb1I-hiHE"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFqb1I-hiHE[/ame]
     
  4. EasyAce

    EasyAce Senior Member

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    Even the Band themselves didn't always do it the same way twice.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vou51-755I]The Band, "The Weight" (live at Woodstock)[/ame]

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghF-dg5JvqE]The Band, "The Weight" (from Rock of Ages)[/ame]

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjCw3-YTffo]The Band (with the Staple Singers), "The Weight" (from The Last Waltz)[/ame]
     
  5. Blind Willie

    Blind Willie Senior Member

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    First, it's the chorus...you know, the "Take a load off Fanny" bit.

    Many arrangements I've seen have the chord change as `A, A/G#, D'. This website The Weight has it as `A, E, D'. My old band used to play it `A, C#m, D".

    Then there's the descending bit between verses. I've seen `A, A/G#, F#m7, E, D'. The website has it as `A, E, D, A, D'. We used to play it `A, C#m, F#m7, E, D'.

    I'm just trying to find the correct one. thanks for all of your help.
     
  6. DADGAD

    DADGAD Senior Member

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    At the end of "It might get loud" The Edge, Page and Jack White play this and even had a bit of confusion on the changes. I guess whatever sounds good. My ear isn't good enough so I need help too. I just go with sheet music or tab.
     
  7. Blind Willie

    Blind Willie Senior Member

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    I remember that part. They were playing the song in `G' and it looked like they would play the descending bit `G, G/F#, Em, D, C'.

    I guess if Jack White, Jimmy Page and The Edge are confused as to how to play it then I'm in pretty good company:laugh2:
     
  8. EasyAce

    EasyAce Senior Member

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    Not to mention Duane Allman behind . . .

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INgbU02dJu8]Aretha Franklin, "The Weight"[/ame]
     
  9. Ginger Beer

    Ginger Beer Senior Member

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    I have a band that occasionally plays it...

    Chorus...A, C#m, D but I believe the bass player plays something descending over the C#m like a G#
    AAAAAND.... we play A, G#m, F#m, E, D

    Don't take this as gospel...I'm a hack.
     
  10. sLowBrian

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    I've seen a few different "versions" also.... This is one of my favourite tunes ever! I love to strum it 'round a camp fire..... (entertaining trees is what I do best!) :)
    I've always believed the verse to be (in key of G which is where I play it...)

    G Bm C

    Then the chorus;

    G D C

    After the "Aaaaaand..... you put the load right on.... put the load right on me".... I play G chord (with descending bass run G F# E) then D C chords.

    Sounds ok to me.... and the trees :)
     

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