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In the selection of songs included, the album remained admirably faithful to the film. All tracks were original with one significant exception. Perhaps the strongest and most complex in terms of the lyrics and their presentation, The Band's "The Weight," was presented only in a cover version, done by The Smiths. Admirable as a cover version, yet too mellow, it was a far cry from the tense performance of Robertson, Danko, Helm, Manuel, and Hudson.
The first stanza of the song, in particular, is a gem of road literature.
I pulled into Nazareth I was feelin about half past
Take a load of any
The Band, "The Weight"