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#154 – Levon Helm – Singer, Drummer, legend and an icon of rock n Roll

I recently only discovered the name of Levon Helm after years and years of listening to the band. For some reason I only wanted to hear the band as a whole and not as individual members. Then I discovered Robbie Robertson and loved his work and now the lead singer and drummer is my next great discovery in music.

Levon helm was born in Arkansas in the year of 1940. He is a singer, Drummer and actor who’s most famously known for being the lead vocalist for the band. For anyone who doesn’t know who the band is they were Bob Dylan’s first band he used after his transition to electric guitar. Dylan would say when he wanted to practice hey “Where’s the band” and that stuck. With songs that were drenched in Americana such as the Weight, The night they drove ol dixie down, Ophelia and Up on cripple creek the band seems a fitting name for such a group. They really and truly are THE band. Helm was the lead singer and he had such a unique and powerful delivery. He was able to use his drumming to emphasise his words and delivery.

The man from what I can gather was a great talent. An incredible person and is greatly missed. I’m excited to discover more about the man and listen to more of his work. Some singers just have a beauty to their delivery and Levon was one of those great performers. He’s the lyrical heart and soul of the band and with the Weight being my favourite song of all time, I tip my hat to you sir.

Levon has a voice that just raises me up and makes me want to sing along with him. No matter my mood or where I am if I hear the band I’m going to sing along each and every time. . Here’s just some of what this legend was capable of. A real rock n Roll star! A clip from the Scorsese documentary The Last Waltz ⤵️

Lyrics to Up on Cripple Creek

When I get off of this mountain
You know where I wanna go?
Straight down the Mississippi River
To the Gulf of Mexico
To Lake Charles, 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 ’em five to one
And that nag to win 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 threw 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 throb
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
There’s 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 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

4 replies on “#154 – Levon Helm – Singer, Drummer, legend and an icon of rock n Roll”

I can’t think of many bands- who had three incredible singers like The Band had—and Van Morrison was hanging around Woodstock, New York hoping they’d invite him to be their singer….

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