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Beatles: Carry That Weight Meaning


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Song Released: 1968

Carry That Weight Lyrics

Boy, you're going to carry that weight,
Carry that weight a long time
Boy, you're going to carry that weight
Carry that weight a long time

I never give you my pillow
I only send you my invitations
And in the middle of the celebrations


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    Apr 6th, 2018 4:48am report

    I interpret it as a warning to those (especially young people) who do things that are wrong. They'll "carry that weight a long time." The Beatles central message was love and I think this is them warning what will happen if you don't treat others with love. You'll carry that weight a long time. Also the fact that they say "Boy" just prior to carry that weight hints that the carrier of the weight does not fully understand the future consequences of their current actions. "I never give you my pillow" or "sending only an invitation" are their examples of not being giving , loving, or inclusive of others. And if you do that you might "break down in the middle of celebrations" or "carry that weight a long time."


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    Mar 31st, 2017 3:31pm report

    I think it's rather simple to interpret. They knew, regardless of their feelings toward one another, that they, as the Beatles, would be at the forefront of music for "a long time". They knew they were going in different directions musically and personally, but each one knew they could never divorce themselves from being "a Beatle". They would live with that forever, and, to them, it would be a very heavy weight to carry.

    Speaking words of wisdom, let it be...


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    Jun 7th, 2016 6:28pm report

    I always thought it was a growing up song, taking on more grown up responsibilities, some form of a rite of passage, becoming a man, the work in accomplishing a goal.


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    Nov 30th, 2014 11:20am report

    I agree with those possible song lyric interpretations. That entire medley is the most magical half hour of music ever recorded.


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    Apr 16th, 2012 4:26pm report

    It means he is watching you.


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    Mar 6th, 2012 3:13am report

    I do agree with all the ideas you have presented in your post. They're rellay convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are too short for newbies. Could you please extend them a little from next time? Thanks for the post.


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    Dec 28th, 2010 12:59pm report

    This song is about escalating tensions between the band and the eventual break up. it says "carry that weight" which could either mean two things. it could be meant for John. Paul thought he was letting his relationship with Yoko get in between the band. He thought that John was just letting the band break up and that he would "carry that weight" for a long time of letting the band break up.

    Another meaning could be about Paul. After the Beatles producer Brian Epstein died, Paul took over his responsibilities and felt that he had to "carry that weight" of keeping the band together and trying to take the place of Brian Epstein.


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    Aug 23rd, 2010 8:53pm report

    this song can have a multitude of different meanings. however, i believe it to be about divorce, about two peope who were lovers, broke apart, and are now becoming friends again. The chorus is basically saying that despite all that happened, that you wont give up, that you will carry that weight, and that it will be with you for a long, long time. also, the chorus is referenced in Cowboy Bebop : )

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