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Song Parodies -> "The Weight"

Original Song Title:

"The Weight"

Original Performer:

The Band

Parody Song Title:

"The Weight"

Parody Written by:

The Comedian

The Lyrics

They pulled into Nazareth
Were feelin' safe, Herod's dead
His wife needs some place
Where she can lay her head
"Hey, Joseph, can you help me
get Jesus ready for bed?"
Joseph grinned, he took her hand,
and this was what he said ---

"Take a load off, Mary
Leave it all to me
Take a load off, Mary
And
And
And
You can put the load
Put the load right on me"

After the Baptist,
He went out into the desert dry
Where He was tempted by the devil talkin' blithe an' sly
Who said,
"Hey Jesus, come on, to me bow down"
He said,
"You gotta go," then some angels came around ---

"Take a load off, J.C.
Quench your thirst, and eat
Take a load off, J.C.
And
And
And
You can put the load
Put the load right on we"

"The law of Moses
says you can't work today,"
The Pharisees said
To Jesus on the Sabbath day
"This day's made for
man, not man for it, you see,"
Replied Jesus as He healed another weeping leper of his misery ---

"Take a load off, and be,
Free from leprosy
Take a load off, and be,
Glad
And
And
You can thank The One
Thank The One who sent Me"

Pontius Pilate ordered him
To be strung up on a log
He said, "I will wash my hands,
after this man's been flogged"
Jesus fell under the weight of
That cross time and time again
'Til Simon of Cyrene
Took it off that Son of Man

Bles-sed was that Simon
Not yet known to he
Was how blessed that Simon
Would
Would
Would
Be for all of e-
All of e-ternity

Hiding from the Romans
Apostles drinking wine
What's that - a ghost? - but no -
It's The Master - He looks fine!
Thomas touches His wounds and
All of his doubts disappear
The Master breathes on them and blows away their fear ---

"Take a load off, and be,
Filled with joy and ease!
Take a load off, and be,
Sent
Sent
Sent
Out to spread My love
Spread My love and My peace!"

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Guy - November 09, 2004 - Report this comment
A righteous piece of work here JD. All I can say is Amen!
AFW - November 09, 2004 - Report this comment
Don't know the original..but looks like you've created a great biblical parody..excellent..5's
Adagio - November 09, 2004 - Report this comment
A really good one. 5's
John Barry - November 09, 2004 - Report this comment
JD on JC. Fine work.
Kristof Robertson - November 09, 2004 - Report this comment
Great parody, Pastor D!! 555
Meriadoc - November 09, 2004 - Report this comment
Lovely parody Johnny!
alvin rhodes - November 09, 2004 - Report this comment
c'mon lets get biblical...biblical...let me hear your bible talk...5s
Righty - November 09, 2004 - Report this comment
Yeah, but do you really believe any of this stuff, Johnny D?
Johnny D - November 09, 2004 - Report this comment
Thank you all who have commented and voted so far - - - I shall reply more fully later, but I wanted to jump in and reply to Righty. Yes, Righty, I do believe all of it, because I am a Christian. You will notice that I am not going to ask you if "you really believe any of this stuff", since I don't think anybody else's spiritual beliefs are any of my business. Peace be with you. :-)
Michael Pacholek - November 09, 2004 - Report this comment
Blessed are they who give this fives, for theirs shall be the kingdom of humor. And cursed be he who gives this ones, for... oh, forget it, after October 2004, who can believe in curses anymore?
Johnny D - November 09, 2004 - Report this comment
Michael rose to vote some more
Hallelujah
Michael rose to vote some more
Hallelujah

Thank thee, Brother P. Go in peace, to cheer the Yanks once more. ;-)
Stuart McArthur - November 09, 2004 - Report this comment
The fact I'm not a Christian doesn't stop me recognising an impressive parody when I see one - this was clever and excellent, Johnny - great work - 555
Johnny D - November 09, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks very much, Stuart!
Johnny D - November 09, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks everybody, Guy, AFW, Pat, John, Kristof, Meriadoc, Alvin, Michael, and Stuart! The original song's opening line, " I pulled into Nazareth ", is what gave me the idea for this parody - - - that, plus the original song's overall gestalt as a slow-tempo ballad reminded me of gospel music .... so .... there 'tis! Thanks again! ;-)
Paul Robinson - November 10, 2004 - Report this comment
That was pretty good, JD...in fact, someone ought to make a book out of it...it work make a good book...hmmm...a good book...good Book...Good Book...hmmm...Yeah! They could call it the "Good Book"...man, what a great idea...I'll get right on it...you know, it could just sell MILLIONS!!! Rich, jesus...YES, I'll be FILTHY RICH...oh...yeah...ummm...5's here...fine labors...Johnny Dee-ith...
Johnny D - November 10, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, Paul! Say, that's quite an idea ya got there....could be very prophetable!
Cookie-man - December 01, 2004 - Report this comment
Great work Johnny! 555
Johnny D - December 02, 2004 - Report this comment
Thank you, Cookie-man.
John Jenkins - December 05, 2004 - Report this comment
Thank you for entering this in the SOTM contest, Johnny. This parody has a very good message for this season of the year. And I especially liked your response to Righty.
Johnny D - December 05, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks John.
Know 1 can hear you dream - December 08, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) If you had lived during biblical times you shorly would have been one of the vice men...
Adagio - December 09, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Looks as if I already voted, but I gave you 5's again..lol. I love this piece, it left me with a smile on my face.
Cookie-man - December 10, 2004 - Report this comment
Forgot to put this in my initial comment (SOTM) :)
Rick D - December 10, 2004 - Report this comment
Always a good write, but I like that devil on your shoulder better than the angel.
Scathe - December 10, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Very pleasant, Johnny.
Melhi - December 12, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) This is very pretty, Johnny!
Phil Alexander - December 14, 2004 - Report this comment
It's a f*** of a lot better than the sorts of carols that usually get sung around this time...
Johnny D - December 14, 2004 - Report this comment
Just catching up on my thank-you's, folks...thanks very much, Peter, Pat, Cookie-man, Rick D, Scathe, Melhi, and Philbo.
EmiLoca - December 17, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) DKTOS and that mp3 link won't work on my wonky comp. 'Twas a great read, though - not that I would expect anything less out of the Honorable Mr. D.
Johnny D - December 18, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks Emi, you're one classy lassie.
Spaff.com - December 19, 2004 - Report this comment
On my first read-through, I took it at face-value: a sincere Biblical ditty that would have fit perfectly in the repertoires of many of the folk groups that inspired Dylan and the Band. But since this a Johnny DD piece, I knew there had to be more to it. So I read it through again as a great big sexual double-entendre. ("Put the load on me," indeed. Heh heh.) But then I felt all of this guilty guilty religious guilt and went back to my first interpretation. Nice job either way, JDD. And Merry Christmas.
Johnny D - December 20, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, Spaff, Merry Christmas to you too! And if you want to read it as a big sexual double-entendre, with "Put the load on me" referring to, oh, I don't know, perhaps something of a sexual nature, well, that's perfectly okay with me, and my own belief-system tells me that it would be perfectly okay with whatever Divinity you and/or I personally choose to believe in - I really do mean that - because the only God I believe in is a God with an Infinite Sense Of Humor That Never Takes Offense At Anything And Never Judges Anyone At All.
Stuart McArthur - December 20, 2004 - Report this comment
Amen, brother - he is truly bigger than that...
Tim Mayfield - December 22, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Johnny, inspiring.
Johnny D - December 24, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks, Stuart and Tim. Merry Christmas to all!
Stuart McArthur - December 29, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) already commented (twice I notice!)
Claude Prez - December 29, 2004 - Report this comment
Tell it brother. Well done.
Peregrin - December 29, 2004 - Report this comment
My fave was the load lines such as "Take a load off, Mary, Leave it all to me" - the whole thing gave me a good smile. I like your approach JD.
Meriadoc - December 29, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) See above.
Jeff Reuben - December 30, 2004 - Report this comment
SOTM--Good job!
neminem - December 30, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Despite being a total atheist, I have no problem giving you all 5s on this ;).
Johnny D - December 30, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks Stuart, Claude, Peregrin, Meriadoc, Jeff, and neminem.
Paul Robinson - December 31, 2004 - Report this comment
(SOTM) Hmmm...this work is going to make it even tougher to "weigh" my choices in the contest. See my earlier comments, too...
Johnny D - January 01, 2005 - Report this comment
Thank you, Paul. Happy New Year, everybody!
martha - January 04, 2005 - Report this comment
a very appropriate take on the original ... works very well a great parody of a great os
Johnny D - January 14, 2005 - Report this comment
Thank you, martha, and Happy New Year!

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