“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” is a classic ballad by the British rock band The Hollies, released in 1969. The song is renowned for its poignant lyrics, beautiful melody, and heartfelt delivery, making it one of the band’s most memorable hits.

About The Song

The lyrics of “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” convey a message of compassion, support, and solidarity. The narrator speaks about carrying a burden for someone they care about, emphasizing that it is not a hardship because of their deep bond and love. The chorus encapsulates this sentiment with the line, “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother,” underscoring the willingness to help and support loved ones despite any challenges.

Musically, the song features a slow, soulful arrangement with a blend of orchestral elements, including strings and piano, which add to its emotional depth. The Hollies’ harmonized vocals, particularly Allan Clarke’s lead, are delivered with sincerity and warmth, enhancing the song’s uplifting message.

“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” achieved commercial success, reaching the top 10 on the UK Singles Chart and the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. Its timeless theme of unconditional love and support has resonated with audiences for decades, making it a favorite in the Hollies’ catalog and a staple on classic rock and soft rock radio stations. The song has also been covered by numerous artists, further testament to its enduring appeal and universal message.



… 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, he’s my brother

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