Moseyed Into Town

My horse named Fandango was carrying a heavy load, so I got down from him to give him a break and we walked together at a slow, easy pace into Nazareth.  We strolled down the main street and then we sauntered over to the hitching rail.  Someone started to amble their way over towards us and I asked him if there was a hotel in this town.

This same thing happened to me the last time I was here and I knew it would not take long before someone would want me do them a favor again.  Before I left for Nazareth my cousin Miss Fanny actually asked me to say hello to several folks when I got here.  I knew that if I started doing anyone a favor, then one thing would lead to another and it would be like Holy Shit, I got sucked into this incredible predicament again.  I wrote this song to explain my Journey.

I pulled into Nazareth, was feeling 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

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
(You put the load right on me)

I picked up my bag, I went looking for a place to hide
When I saw Carmen and the Devil walking side by side
I said, ‘Hey, Carmen, come on let’s go downtown’
She said, ‘I gotta go but my friend can stick around’

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
(You put the load right on me)

Go down, Miss Moses, there’s nothing you can say
It’s just old Luke and Luke’s waiting 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?’

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
(You put the load right on me)

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’

Yeah, 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
(You put the load right on me)

Catch a cannon ball now to take me down the line
My bag is sinking 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

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
(You put the load right on me)

19 thoughts on “Moseyed Into Town

      1. The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1968 by Rick Danko (bass guitar, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboards, saxophone), Richard Manuel (keyboards, vocals), Robbie Robertson (guitar), and Levon Helm (drums, vocals). Bob Dylan hired them for his U.S. tour in 1965.

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  1. For my entire adult life I thought the song went “Take a load off ANNIE.” I thought you were taking poetic license with “Fanny.” But then I Googled the song lyrics and it is, indeed, FANNY!

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