When I saw Carmen and the Devil walkin' side by side
I said, "Hey, Carmen, come on let's go downtown"
She said, "I gotta go but my friend can stick around"

The Band - The Weight lyrics meaning

Meaning

In Nazareth, the traveler encounters people with names taken from the Bible: Miss Moses, Luke and the Devil.

The traveler encounters others too, including Carmen walking with the Devil. He asks Carmen to go downtown with him, but she has something else to do and suggests the Devil "can stick around" with him.

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