The Last Waltz
Written by J.R. Robertson. The lyrics are copyrighted. Please do not copy or redistribute.
The Band performed this song at their final concert in 1976, where Robbie announced the title of it as "The Last Waltz." The lyrics were not all done at the time of the concert. The version given here has been transcribed from the concert bootleg The Complete Last Waltz. The song is the first version of what later became "The Last Waltz Suite" on the official album. The "suite" was recorded in studios and on a soundstage, and consisted of the songs "The Well," "Evangeline," (with Emmylou Harris) "Out of the Blue," "The Weight" (with the Staple Singes,) "The Last Waltz Refrain" and "Theme From The Last Waltz."
(Robbie:) "Weíre gonna try a song we never played before... uh, we put together kinda for the occasion. Itís called 'The Last Waltz.'" (Rick:) She stands on the banks of the mighty Mississippi Holding a lantern light Waitin' for a man who's a riverboat gambler He said he'd return tonight (Levon:) They used to waltz on the banks of the mighty Mississippi [Unintelligible; doesn't sound like "Loving"] the whole night through The riverboat gambler went off to make a killin' And bring it on back to you Evangeline, Evangeline, curses the soul of the Mississippi Queen That pulled her man away (Rick:) Now, Bayou Sam from South Lousianne Had gamblin' in his veins And Mama Moo (??) who loves only you Why do ya cause her such pain? (Levon:) She went to the top of Hickory Hill Stand in the lightnin' and thunder Riverboat, it was sinkiní She watched that boat go under Evangeline, Evangeline, curses the soul of the Mississippi Queen That pulled her man away (Robbie & Richard:) The last of November Leaves on the ground It's hard to remember What city, what town (what town) So many roads Mothered (?) in stone Surrounded by bones It feels so alone The last waltz, the last waltz The last waltz with you Donít mean the last dance is over The last waltz, the last waltz The last waltz was through But that donít really mean that the party's over