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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