Carry That Weight
The Beatles Lyrics


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Boy, you gotta carry that weight
Carry that weight a long time
Boy, you gonna carry that weight
Carry that weight a long time

I never give you my pillow
I only send you my invitation
And in the middle of the celebrations
I break down

Boy, you gotta carry that weight
Carry that weight a long time




Boy, you gotta carry that weight
You're gonna carry that weight along time

Overall Meaning

The song "Carry That Weight" by The Beatles is a part of the medley that forms the closing track of their iconic album Abbey Road. The song speaks about the burden of responsibility and the weight that it puts on an individual. The opening line, "Boy, you gotta carry that weight", sets the tone for the song's theme. The refrain "Carry that weight a long time" suggests that responsibility is not a fleeting issue and that one must carry it for a long time. The repetition of the line "Boy, you're gonna carry that weight" emphasizes the inevitability of responsibility and how it is a part of life.


The song also talks about the distance that arises between people in relationships, as represented by the line "I never give you my pillow, I only send you my invitation." The allusion to celebrations in the next line suggests that these distances arise in the midst of life's high points, and the weight of the responsibilities only adds to the burden. The line "And in the middle of the celebrations, I break down" highlights the internal struggles that arise while carrying the weight of responsibility.


Overall, "Carry That Weight" can be interpreted as a reminder to embrace responsibility even if it may be burdensome at times. The song's tone is melancholic and solemn, a stark contrast to the upbeat and lively songs that characterise much of The Beatles' catalogue.


Line by Line Meaning

Boy, you gotta carry that weight
You have a responsibility to bear this burden


Carry that weight a long time
The burden will be with you for a significant period of time


Boy, you gonna carry that weight
You will have to bear this burden inevitably


Carry that weight a long time
The burden will persist for a considerable duration


I never give you my pillow
I don't share my comforting moments with you


I only send you my invitation
I invite you to take part in my life, but not as an intimate


And in the middle of the celebrations
Even though I am in the middle of joyous times


I break down
I still feel overwhelmed with emotions


Boy, you gotta carry that weight
Once again, acknowledging that the burden is your responsibility


Carry that weight a long time
Emphasizing that the burden will last for an extended period of time


Boy, you gotta carry that weight
Reiterating that the burden can only be carried by you


You're gonna carry that weight along time
Underscoring that you will have to bear the burden for an indefinite period




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: John Lennon, Paul McCartney

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