Hollies, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”

Another incredibly great Hollies songs, this one from 1969. I do remember this song quite a bit because they kept playing it into the 1970’s after 1973 when I first started listening to rock music. Looks like it’s more or less some sort of a hippie song.

Back in the day, we called all of our fellow hippie men brothers and we called all of our fellow hippie women sisters. What’s weird is a lot of these hippies really did have a deep sense of love vibrating out of them. Further, they were pacifists, almost too much so. If things started getting wild, people would say, “It’s cool! It’s cool! It’s cool!” That meant calm down and quit fighting or quit bothering this dude or whatever. It really was a Brotherhood. A really special time. I’m not even sure if there are still people like this around, but it was a great time to be alive.

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 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, he ain’t heavy

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One thought on “Hollies, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother””

  1. Great song. Even hippie haters admit they made good music. Though I don’t think I’ve met a hardcore hippie hater. My parents were basically hippies. Most hardcore hippies I know end up moving to San Francisco. A pro-White guy that made youtube videos seemed like a hippie, he was on the new agey Indian guru tip. A video of his that stood out: He was overlooking a Jewish school and said something like “It’s great Jewish kids can freely bond with shared Jewish songs, history, ect. What’s wrong with White kids doing the same?”

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