He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – Just Vocals – The Hollies

He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – Just Vocals – The Hollies

“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” is to be read just as you expect they would be based on the idiom that serves as its title. The heartfelt lyrics is based on the brother of the singer being in some type of need, where the vocalist’s assistance is hence needed. And the insinuation is that it is a serious matter indeed. But the singer does not perceive his own brother as a “burden”. Rather he implies that it is his duty – and to some extent even pleasure – to care for his own. The title of this song actually has a religious origin. And along those lines, there is a spiritual element to the track also, specifically the latter half of the tune. Here the singer’s concern extends past the welfare of his brother. In fact he questions why everyone doesn’t have “love for one another”. And the overall implication is that one day we will all transcend the mortal plane and be judged by a Higher Power. And with this in mind, the singer advises that it is better to “share” than not to. So even though there aren’t any overt-religious references in this song, you can say that “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” is at least founded on moral principles

And such dictate that when you come across someone in need, especially an individual as close as a brother/sibling, then all effort should be made to alleviate their suffering. In fact behaving in such a manner is presented as a basic responsibility which ultimately leads to self-edification, which transcends onto the spiritual plane. 

 

 

 

Lyrics :

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
I’m laden with sadness
That everyone’s heart
Isn’t filled with a 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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