As you know, “The Weight” is unquestionably Robbie Robertson’s most successful and popular song. He tells us he never imagined so many people would find something to relate to in it.
“Much to my surprise, a lot of people connected to the song that I would have never imagined. All these people were recording this song, like one after the other. It seemed like every week they were sending me a new cover of this song. And I thought, ‘This is completely baffling that people would relate to it in this way.’ And the only person that ever said to me, ‘What the hell does this song mean?’ was Pops Staples.”
Robbie Robertson celebrates his 75th birthday today (July 5th). The 50th anniversary of the release of Music From Big Pink was this past Sunday.