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#SLS The Band — Chest Fever

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Jim Adams is the always gracious host of Song Lyric Sunday.  Jim says:

This week the prompt is Freeze/Cold/Ice and I hope that we have some cool tunes.
Here are the “rules”:
  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

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Even though the prompt today is Freeze/Cold/Ice, my song of the day is “Chest Fever” by The Band.

Per wikipedia “Chest Fever” is a song recorded by the Band on its 1968 debut, Music from Big Pink. It is, according to Peter Viney, a historian of the group, “the Big Pink track that has appeared on most subsequent live albums and compilations”, second only to “The Weight”. The music for the piece was written by guitarist Robbie Robertson. Total authorship is typically credited solely to Robertson, although the lyrics, according to Levon Helm, were originally improvised by Levon Helm and Richard Manuel, telling the story of a man who becomes sick when he is spurned by the woman he loves. The song featured a dramatic solo organ intro played by Garth Hudson. Writing in the 3rd edition of The Rolling Stone Album Guide, Paul Evans stated that “The organ mastery of ‘Chest Fever’ unleashed the Band’s secret weapon, Garth Hudson.” The introduction is based on Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. In live performances, this solo evolved into an improvisation drawing from numerous musical styles and lasting several minutes.

Trivia from songfacts:

The Band’s guitarist, Robbie Robertson, felt he needed a counterbalance for the album’s centerpiece, “The Weight.” He wrote the music for the song solely for that purpose.

This was the opening song for the Band’s set at the Woodstock Festival in 1969.

I know she’s a tracker, any scarlet would back her
They say she’s a chooser, but I just can’t refuse her
She was just there, but then she can’t be here no more
And as my mind unweaves, I feel the freeze down in my knees
But just before she leaves, she receives

She’s been down in the dunes and she’s dealt with the goons
Now she drinks from the bitter cup, I’m trying to get her to give it up
She was just here, I fear she can’t be here no more
And as my mind unweaves, I feel the freeze down in my knees
But just before she leaves, she receives

It’s long, long when she’s gone, I get weary holding on
Now I’m coldly fading fast, I don’t think I’m gonna last
Very much longer

“She’s stoned” said the Swede, and the moon calf agreed
I’m like a viper in shock with my eyes in the clock
She was just there somewhere and here I am again
And as my mind unweaves, I feel the freeze down in my knees
But just before she leaves, she receives
Songwriters: Jaime (Robbie) Robertson

21 thoughts on “#SLS The Band — Chest Fever

        1. Was he that much older than them? My internet has been out all day. We got hit with a major snowstorm that started around noon. Still snowing and blowing out there. My satellite dish isn’t dependable when it snows heavy.

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          1. Oh snowstorms? No…he wasn’t too much older than the rest of the band. See I posted a song today with Garth playing with a younger band called The Call…and being an idiot I didn’t read which post it was on the panel lol.

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  1. Well, this is one I’ve never heard. Kind of bluesy which I like. Chest Fever…maybe sick from the heartache of his love leaving him? Then he’s wanders around feeling lost, trying to figure out where she went. haha – I have no idea! 🙂

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