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I pulled into nazareth, was feelin about half past dead;
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I just need some place where I can lay my head.
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Hey, mister, can you tell me where a man might find a bed?
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He just grinned and shook my hand, and no!, was all he said.
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Take a load off fanny, take a load for free;
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Take a load off fanny, and (and) (and) you can put the load right on me.
A e d a d
I 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, lets go downtown.
She said, I gotta go, but mfriend can stick around.
Go down, miss moses, theres nothin you can say
Its just ol luke, and lukes waitin on the judgement day.
Well, luke, my friend, what about young anna lee?
He said, do me a favor, son, woncha stay an keep anna lee company?
Crazy chester followed me, and he caught me in the fog.
He said, I will fix your rack, if youll take jack, my dog.
I said, wait a minute, chester, you know Im a peaceful man.
He said, thats okay, boy, wont you feed him when you can.
Catch a cannon ball now, ttake me down the line
My bag is sinkin low and I do believe its time.
To get back to miss fanny, you know shes the only one.
Who sent me here with her regards for everyone.
Up On Cripple Creek
"Up on Cripple Creek" is the fifth song onThe Band's eponymous second album, The Band. It was released as a single on Capitol 2635 in November 1969 and reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100.
When I get off of this mountain, you know where I want to go?
A d e
Straight down the mississippi river, to the gulf of mexico
To lake charles, louisiana, little bessie, girl that I once knew
A d e
She told me just to come on by, if theres anything she could do
Up on cripple creek she sends me
If I spring a leak she mends me
I dont have to speak, she defends me
A drunkards dream if I ever did see one
Good luck had just stung me, to the race track I did go
She bet on one horse to win and I bet on another to show
The odds were in my favor, I had em five to one
When that nag to win came around the track, sure enough she had won
I took up all of my winnings, and I gave my little bessie half
And she tore it up and threw it in my face, just for a laugh
Now theres one thing in the whole wide world, I sure would like to see
Thats when that little love of mine, dips her doughnut in my tea
Now me and my mate were back at the shack, we had spike jones on the box
She said, I cant take the way he sings, but I love to hear him talk
Now that just gave my heart a throb, to the bottom of my feet
And I swore and I took another pull, my bessie cant be beat
Now theres a flood out in california and up north its freezing cold
And this living on the road is getting pretty old
So I guess Ill call up my big mama, tell her Ill be rolling in
But you know, deep down, Im kind of tempted
To go and see my bessie again.