"Chest Fever" as written by Robbie Robertson and Garth Hudson....
I know she's a tracker
Any style that 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 unwheels
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 a bitter cup
I'm trying to get her to give it up
She was just here, I fear she can't be there no more

And as my mind unwheels
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
But 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


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"Chest Fever" as written by Jaime Robertson

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    General CommentWhy has no one commented on this song?!!
    It has such awesome organ in it, and oh man...it's just...GREAT.
    bazketkazeon January 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's a song about an acid trip. The Band was a Psychedelic Rock band after all.
    AntiHipsteron February 04, 2018   Link
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    My InterpretationA song about a prostitute he develops an attachment to. I know he said the lyrics were just knockoff but maybe later in life didn't want to own them.

    "I know she's a tracker "
    Track is a slang term for location where prostitutes attract customers.

    "Any style that would back her"
    Any style you want if you have the cash.

    "They say she's a chooser (or juicer makes more sense)"
    Friends tell him she is an alcoholic. Nothing but trouble but...

    "But I just can't refuse her"
    She is good at it or he has developed an infatuation with her.

    "She was just there, but then she can't be here no more"
    Job finished. She is off to other customers.

    "And as my mind unwheels
    I feel the freeze down in my knees
    But just before she leaves, she receives"

    Every man knows the freeze right before he ejaculates.
    She receives his ejaculate and leaves.

    "She's been down in the dunes And she's dealt with the goons"
    She has been working in some sleazy place where she services goons

    "Now she drinks from a bitter cup. I'm trying to get her to give it up."
    She is giving blowjobs but he wants her to be his girlfriend.

    "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"
    He is infatuated and has a hard time being without her

    "She's stoned said the Swede, And the moon calf agreed"
    Casual comments from observers who are not infatuated.

    "But I'm like a viper in shock With my eyes in the clock"
    She charges by the hour maybe?
    arnold1056on February 24, 2018   Link
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    General CommentBasically, it's a song about a prostitute. In case you're wondering what a "moon calf" is, it's a fool or a freak.
    StukInThe70son July 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAccording to the liner notes of "Music From Big Pink" (great abumn btw) you will see the Robbie Robertson said these lyrics are actually just nonsense. Basically, they were filler lyrics used to develop the song, but the band enjoyed them so much the way they were that they just decided to keep them. It isn't surprising since Robertson was masterful at painting half completed imagery leaving alot to the imagination of the listener. This is indicative of his story telling style...for example see "To Kingdom Come" and "The Ballad of Pepote Rogue". Both of these tracks smack of religious symbolism and mythology without being directly about anything. Robertson was a brilliant song writer...Just another reason why I say they are one of the most underrated bands ever.
    mrMojoRisenon August 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI thought he said She`likes cheese and crackers`in the opening line.
    A mondegreen I guess
    lesgon November 07, 2015   Link
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    General CommentAs robbie robertson is well quoted on this, it's a work lyric that never got finished - and why would you bother, given the wonderful sound of it! That organ, the urgent harmonies.

    The break in the middle is astounding, and that guitar figure playing against it...what an outrageous bunch of talent.
    Fatschlampon July 29, 2016   Link

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