The Load-Out

The Load-Out

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Name = The Load-Out

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Artist = Jackson Browne
from Album = Running on Empty
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"The Load Out" is a live recording of a song by Jackson Browne from his 1977 Album "Running on Empty". It is a tribute to the road, playing live shows and the roadies. [ [ The lyrics of the song] as a tribute to the road/roadies are self-descriptive] . The song leads into a cover of Maurice Williams's song "Stay", with revised lyrics.

"The Load-Out" describes the daily practices of a band and its road crew on a concert tour, and the emotions evoked throughout such an endeavor. The first 3:35 minutes of the song consists of Browne singing and playing piano with David Lindley playing slide guitar, at which point he is joined by synth, followed by the rest of his band. Eventually "The Load-Out" morphs into "Stay." At the conclusion of the song, guitarist David Lindley sings a verse from "Stay".

Many radio stations play "The Load Out" and "Stay" together, which is 9:33, being as they are of a thematic unity.

Tom Scharpling chose "The Load Out" as the "worst song ever written" on the November 30, 2004 episode of "The Best Show on WFMU". Scharpling's ignominious title of "worst song ever" was later transferred to Neil Diamond's "Porcupine Pie" on the April 25, 2006 episode of The Best Show.


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