"Cripple Creek" as written by and Traditional....
When I get off of this mountain
You know where I want to go
Straight down the Mississippi River
To the Gulf of Mexico

To Lake George, Louisiana
Little Bessie, girl that I once knew
And she told me just to come on by
If there's anything she could do

Up on Cripple Creek she sends me
If I spring a leak she mends me
I don't have to speak she defends me
A drunkard's dream if I ever did see one

Good luck had just stung me
To the race track I did go
She bet on one horse to win
And I bet on another to show

Odds were in my favor
I had him five to one
When that nag came around the track
Sure enough we had won

Up on Cripple Creek she sends me
If I spring a leak she mends me
I don't have to speak she defends me
A drunkard's dream if I ever did see one

I took up all of my winnings
And I gave my little Bessie half
And she tore it up and blew it in my face
Just for a laugh

Now there's one thing in the whole wide world
I sure would like to see
That's when that little love of mine
Dips her doughnut in my tea

Up on Cripple Creek she sends me
If I spring a leak she mends me
I don't have to speak she defends me
A drunkard's dream if I ever did see one

Now me and my mate were back at the shack
We had Spike Jones on the box
She said, "I can't take the way he sings
But I love to hear him talk"

Now that just gave my heart a fall
To the bottom of my feet
And I swore and I took another pull
My Bessie can't be beat

Up on Cripple Creek she sends me
If I spring a leak she mends me
I don't have to speak she defends me
A drunkard's dream if I ever did see one

As a flood out in California
And up north it's freezing cold
And this living off the road
Is getting pretty old

So I guess I'll call up my big mama
Tell her I'll be rolling in
But you know, deep down, I'm kinda tempted
To go and see my sweet Bessie again

Up on Cripple Creek she sends me
If I spring a leak she mends me
I don't have to speak she defends me
A drunkard's dream if I ever did see one


Lyrics submitted by askewchan, edited by AtomicCEO

"Up on Cripple Creek" as written by Robbie Robertson

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    General Commentgood song, under appreciated
    FreeWheelinon May 15, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI have listened to this lp since its release in '69. This song must be considered their signature song and it means what it says. Everyone is into "The Weight" now cause of that dumb commercial. Try "Across the Great Divide" or "When You Awake" for some good cross-sections of The Band.
    bawanderron December 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commenton the best concert DvD i have ever seen, the last waltz, one of the only songs done the band by themselves on the DVD, simply amazing, robbie robertson is a genius....
    lunchbox90857on January 26, 2005   Link
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    General Commentactually, im only 14 years old, and the wieght has been one of my favorite songs.i first heard it on the movie easy rider which my mom bought me when i was a lot younger. im looking into the band because i really like their lyrics.n e way, i just wanted to agree, most people only recognise the song from that car commercial.
    doorsandjimion March 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe last watlz is a awesome dvd i LOVE it!
    led_zeppelin_xxxon January 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentif you like the band, neil young, dylan ect go rent the last waltz.
    Big Al Von February 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYodelling is pretty cool.
    TwistedSisteron March 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentim 15 and ive been listening to these bands my whole life. i love this song and just the band has such a great sound to them. love it.
    katemsdfyon August 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAnd I'm sixteen and adore The Band, which is all very well and good, but has nothing to do with the meaning of the song.

    The narrator is a trucker or something like that, and required to travel. Bessie is his mistress who he loves for all her quirks (like tearing up his winnings from betting on a race). In the fourth verse, when the narrator says he'll call up his "big mama" but admits he'd rather see Bessie, he's presumambly speaking about his wife, although he prefers Bessie.
    FIForeveron January 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMan this is a great song, I recently discovered it and love it. It always puts me in a good mood and makes me crack up.

    Does anyone know the meaning of the line "Now there's one thing in the whole wide world, I sure would like to see, that's when that little love of mine, dips her doughnut in my tea". Does he mean he likes it because she bends over and he can see her cleavage?
    xWaRpeDxon April 10, 2009   Link

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