"It Makes No Difference" as written by and Robbie Robertson....
It makes no difference where I turn
I can't get over you and the flame still burns
It makes no difference, night or day
The shadow never seems to fade away

And the sun don't shine anymore
And the rains fall down on my door

Now there's no love
As true as the love
That dies untold
But the clouds never hung so low before

It makes no difference how far I go
Like a scar the hurt will always show
It makes no difference who I meet
They're just a face in the crowd
On a dead-end street
And the sun don't shine anymore
And the rains fall down on my door

These old love letters
Well, I just can't keep
Cause like the gambler says
Read 'em and weep
And the dawn don't rescue me no more

Without your love I'm nothing at all
Like an empty hall it's a lonely fall
Since you've gone it's a losing battle
Stampeding cattle
They rattle the walls

And the sun don't shine anymore
And the rains fall down on my door

Well, I love you so much
It's all I can do
Just to keep myself from telling you
That I never felt so alone before


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"It Makes No Difference" as written by Robbie Robertson

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    General CommentLook up Ricks solo performance on youtube in japan Circa 1997. It kills me for so many reasons but its its own version.
    CaseyWildroseon April 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe most beautiful songs I've ever heard from The Band and one of my favorite songs ever. I don't have to interpret it too much, because it's pretty straight-forward, but man, is it powerful. Do you guys know who wrote this song? i always read and heard that Robbie wrote most of (if not all of) their songs, but it's hard to believe Rick didn't write it. There are some songs that, when the singer puts this much heart and soul into it, you think to yourself "man, this guy had to have been the one who wrote this, because there's no other way he could have put this much emotion into it".
    Muck Manon June 13, 2007   Link
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    My Opinionthis is one of the greatist songs written and rick danko's vocal breaks your heart. this song really means alot to me about a relationship along time ago in my life that still affects me
    burritobroon December 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely love this song. It has such as somber and melancholy feeling to it. Rick Danko sings it and his voice is one of the greatest ever. Watch The Last Waltz. You will undertsand what I'm talking about when you here this.
    Tmo2199on September 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdo you believe this?

    "Now there's no love
    As true as the love
    That dies untold"
    orphan_yachtson October 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch a beautiful love song about not being able to get over someone who you can't have. beautiful live on the last waltz.
    mooncalfon February 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh yeah, and as much as I love The Last Waltz, I think that version of this song pales in comparison witht he studio version. Rick doesn't sound nearly as good (but as we all know, Rick and Richard didn't sound nearly as well by this time because of all of their years of boozing, drugging, and performing...although Levon still sounded great). Rick put the same heart and soul into it, but it just didn't sound as good. Maybe that's just me.
    Muck Manon June 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree that neither Rick nor Richard sound their best on The Last Waltz, but Rick sounds incredible on the studio version. I have heard that Robbie often took credit for writing songs that he didn't actually write. Either way, this is a beautiful song about losing someone and knowing that you'll never see them again, but you still can't get over them and move on with your life.
    TheDuelliston July 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAlso I should note that the end of this song is one of the few times where Robbie's playing sounds really really good. Most of the time his playing doesn't really stand out, but it sure does here.
    TheDuelliston July 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentamazing tune about a real depressed guy who wants his girl back so bad and is singing about how bad he does god bless rick for writing and singing this classic
    joe walsh ruleson August 02, 2007   Link

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