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“I pulled into Nazareth…
was feelin’ ‘bout half past dead…”
—-The Weight by The Band
It’s not too well known a fact that the reference to Nazareth in The Weight is not a Biblical reference, but a nod to Nazareth, Pennsylvania, which is the home to the Martin Guitar factory. Robbie Robertson has told the story in a few documentaries about how a simple trip begets friends asking for favors, making a burden out of a brief trip, and that led to the writing of the tune.
PBS’ America Revealed visits the C.F. Martin & Co. factory in the Wednesday night show that closes out its 4-episode run. The series has been examining different systems in the United States, from how we get our food, to air traffic control, to manufacturing. Yul Kwon, winner of the Cook Islands edition of Survivor, is the host of the program, which is a fascinating look at how America works. It’s airing Wednesday night on most PBS stations, but as always… check your local listings.
For more info, including catching up on past episodes, visit http://www.pbs.org/america-revealed
It’s funny how this popped up so soon after Levon’s passing.
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