The Last Waltz (1978)
Robbie Robertson - Guitar: [Last lines] The road was our school. At the end it was our sense of survival. It taught us all we know. There's not much left that we can really take from the road. We've had our share of, or, maybe it's just superstitious.
Martin Scorsese - Interviewer: Superstitious in what way?
Robbie Robertson - Guitar: No. You can press your luck. The road has taken a lot of great ones. Hank Williams. Buddy Holly. Otis Redding. Janis. Jimi Hendrix. Elvis. Its a goddamn impossible way of life.
Martin Scorsese - Interviewer: It is, isn't it.
Robbie Robertson - Guitar: No question about it.
[Speaking about Ronnie Hawkins]
Himself: He called me up, and I said, "Sure I'd like a job. What does it mean? What do I do?" And he said, "Well, son, you won't make much money, but you'll get more pussy than Frank Sinatra."
Neil Young: [walking on stage] Hey, Rob, thanks for letting me do this.
Robbie Robertson - Guitar: Shit! Are you kidding?
Levon Helm - Drums: New York, it was an adult portion. It was an adult dose. So it took a couple of trips to get into it. You just go in the first time and you get your ass kicked and you take off. As soon as it heals up, you come back and you try it again. Eventually, you fall right in love with it.
Levon Helm - Drums: [Talking about the region around Memphis, Tennessee where Levon grew up] That's kind of the middle of the country, you know. back there. So, when bluegrass or country music, you know, if it comes down to that area and if it mixes there with rhythm and dances, then you've got a combination of all those different kinds of music. Country. Bluegrass. Blues music.
Martin Scorsese - Interviewer: The melting pot.
Levon Helm - Drums: Show music.
Martin Scorsese - Interviewer: What's it called then?
Levon Helm - Drums: Rock-n-Roll.
Martin Scorsese - Interviewer: Rock-n-Roll, yes, for sure, exactly.
Richard Manuel - Piano: [describing how The Band got its name] Well, we were The Hawks.
Robbie Robertson - Guitar: And everything was fine, we were sailing along, and all of a sudden, one day The Hawks meant something else altogether.
Richard Manuel - Piano: And it was right in the middle of that whole psychedelia. Chocolate Subway, Marshmallow Overcoat. Those kind of names, you know?
Robbie Robertson - Guitar: When we were working with Bob Dylan and we moved to Woodstock, everybody referred to us as the band. He called us the band, our friends called us the band, our neighbors called us the band.
Richard Manuel - Piano: We started out with The Crackers. We tried to call ourselves The Honkies. Everybody kind of backed off from that. It was too straight. So we decided just to call ourselves The Band.
Robbie Robertson - Guitar: We wanted it to be more than just a concert. We wanted it to be a celebration.
Martin Scorsese - Interviewer: A celebration of a beginning or an end?
Robbie Robertson - Guitar: Beginning of the beginning of the end of the beginning.
Martin Scorsese - Interviewer: Listen, when you guys first started playing as The Band, you kind of shied away from publicity a lot. Talk about that, a little?
Garth Hudson - Organ: That was just part of a life style that we got to love at Woodstock. You know, we got to like it, you know, just being, eh, being able to chop wood or hit your thumb with a hammer. We'd be concerned with fixin' a tape recorder and fixin' a screen door, you know, and stuff like that and getting the songs together.
Rick Danko - Bass: We always seemed to get a whole lot more done when we didn't have a lot of company around, you know, just, eh, we were more productive. And as soon as company came, of course, you know, we'd start having fun. And you know what happens when you have too much fun.
Martin Scorsese - Interviewer: [First lines] Okay, Rick, what's the game?
Rick Danko - Bass: [At at pool table] Cut throat.
Martin Scorsese - Interviewer: What's the object?
Rick Danko - Bass: Object is to keep your balls on the table and knock everybody else's off.
Robbie Robertson - Guitar: The Band has been together 16 years. Together, on the road. We did 8 years in bars, dives, dance halls, 8 years of concerts and stadiums, arenas. We gave our final concert, The Band's final concert, and we called it The Last Waltz.
Robbie Robertson - Guitar: Maybe, I don't know if the years connect or its coincidence or what it is, but, it seems like thats it! That's what The Last Waltz is. I mean, 16 years on the road, the numbers start to scare ya. I mean, I couldn't live with 20 years on the road. I don't think I could even discuss it.
Muddy Waters: [singing] Whoa! Now when I was a young boy, At the age of 5, My mother said I'm gonna be, The greatest man alive, But now I'm a man, Way past 21, I want you to believe me woman, I have lots of fun, Well, ain't that a man?
Muddy Waters: [singing] Man! I'm a full grown man, Man! I'm a natural born lover's man, Man! I'm a rolling stone, Man! I'm a hoochie-coochie man...
Bob Dylan: [singing] May God bless and keep you always, May your wishes all come true, May you always do for others, And let others do for you, May you build a ladder to the stars, And climb on every rung, May you stay - forever young, Forever young, Forever young, May you stay forever young...
[while performing his guitar solo, his guitar strap comes undone]
Eric Clapton: Hold on.
Eric Clapton: Further on up the road / Someone's gonna hurt you like you hurt me / Further on up the road / Someone's gonna hurt you like you hurt me / Further on up the road / Baby, just you wait and see.
Neil Young: I got it now, Robbie.
Neil Young: There is a town in North Ontario, With dream comfort memory to spare, In my mind I still need a place to go, All my changes were there...
Muddy Waters: [singing] Well! Well-well-well, The line I shoots, At while never missing, When I make love to a girl, She can't resist...
Van Morrison: [singing] Turn it up, turn it up, little bit higher, radio, Turn it up, that's enough, so you know it's got soul, so you know, so you know it's got soul, baby, so you know it's got, yeah...
Bob Dylan, The Band, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Ronnie Hawkins, Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton: [singing] I see my light come shining, From the west unto the east, Any day now, any day now, I shall be released...
Robbie Robertson - Guitar: [to The Last Waltz concert audience] You're still there, huh? We're going to do one more song and that's it.
Robbie Robertson - Guitar: It's not like it used to be.