- The Load-Out
Name = The Load-Out
from Album = Running on Empty
Genre = Rock
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Misc ="The Load Out" is a live recording of a song by
Jackson Brownefrom his 1977 Album " Running on Empty". It is a tribute to the road, playing live shows and the roadies. [ [http://www.guntheranderson.com/v/data/theloado.htm 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 crewon 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 pianowith 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, 2004episode 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, 2006episode of The Best Show.
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