He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother Lyrics - Hollies

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(B. Scott - B. Russell)

The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where
Who knows where
But I'm strong
Strong enough to carry him
He ain't heavy, he's my brother

So on we go
His welfare is of my concern
No burden is he to bear
We'll get there

For I know
He would not encumber me
He ain't heavy, he's my brother

If I'm laden at all
THEN I'm laden with sadness
That everyone's heart
Isn't filled with the gladness
Of love for one another

It's a long, long road
From which there is no return
While we're on the way to there
Why not share

And the load
Doesn't weigh me down at all
He ain't heavy, he's my brother

He's my brother
He ain't heavy, he's my brother

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Meaning | Reviewer: RD | 6/18/13

I'll give my interpretation of the lyrics:

The "road" symbolizes life, demonstrated most clearly in the line, "from which there is no return." Clearly a death image since the phrase, "point of no return," is heavily suggested. Thus, the end of the road of life.

So, life is a one way street that we must travel. We can through life alone, or with others. "Brother" is probably a biblical allusion to Cain's, "Am I my brother's keeper." The Hollies are suggesting that as part of the human community, and their answer to this is a resounding yes.

As we travel through life with others, the lyric that says the road "leads us to who knows where," suggests that we have little knowledge of where we will end up and that there will be negative events and stresses along the way. Some of these burdens, doubts, fears, and injuries will be our own, at other times, they will be the burdens of those with whom we travel. The lyrics pretty clearly imply that we must help each other along the way because the support of others makes these burdens easier to bear. I see this in the lyrics "doesn't weigh me down at all...", "if I'm laden at all," and, of course, "He ain't heavy." These are all metaphorical loads since the lyric, "if I'm laden at all I'm laden with sadness," clearly is not referring to an actual load of sadness.

Lovely song, always liked it.


Brother love | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/15/10

15/01/10 Was driving along listening to the radio and heard this song. It is the very essence of our best human qualities. Have been reading about world war 1 and this song reminded me of the close reliance of those men on eachother. The singer is fabulous. Even if this song were written after a drink or two it still gives me the feeling of tremendous gratitude towards our forfathers who suffered for our freedom. Jesus Christ the Saviour, being the ultimate Brother of mankind. Thankyou Hollies.

He ain't heavy .he's my brother | Reviewer: clawson | 9/10/07

no corrections however i would be interested in learning of your interpretation of the lyrics?

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