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

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TitleHe Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
ArtistThe Hollies
AlbumSounds Of The Seventies: 1970 [1989]
album from the compilation series Sounds of the Seventies, Track 11
All-Time Greatest Hits [1990], Track 8
Epic Anthology [1990], Track 11
The Best Of The Hollies [1997], Track 11
Archive Alive! [1997], Track 14
The Hollies At Abbey Road (1966-1970) [1998], Track 17
20 Golden Greats [2000], Track 20
Special Collection [2001], Track 8 Disc 2
Greatest Hits [2002], Track 7
Reunion [2004], Track 16
Premium Gold Collection [2009], Track 22
101 Legends [2013]
album from the compilation series 101 [2011], Track 10
GenreClassical, Rock
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Song 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 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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corrected by vince on October 14th, 2004

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0 likes - like | 20-06-2012 15:55 yoursong1 
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simply incredible!!!!!!!! I play this on my acoustic guitar all the time.
0 likes - like | 05-08-2011 21:53 ehop 
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Actually, Neil Diamond didn't write the song. Bobby Scott and Bob Russell did.
0 likes - like | 04-04-2008 13:00 Dakeyras 
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Actually The Hollies didn't write this song. Neil Diamond actually wrote it for them (hence why he has sung it on occasion). The Hollies version is, in my opinion, the best out there.
0 likes - like | 21-12-2005 17:51 SlyClone 
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The lyrics are amazing and the Hollies are a fantastic group, an all time classic of mine.
0 likes - like | 22-09-2005 12:07 dazzlingEyes 
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It's a great song, but unfortunally I think it gets a little boring.
0 likes - like | 22-09-2005 06:07 BoSound 
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This is a beautiful song. Very nicely written.
0 likes - like | 29-04-2005 23:40 meatball89 
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What a beautiful song. But too sad to listen to.
0 likes - like | 11-04-2005 02:44 LittleLee 
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I love this song with all my heart!!
but the story behind it is a little different:

The Hollies made this song based upon a picture they saw of a girl carrying her brother around during the vietnam's a very strong song based on a true story!
0 likes - like | 15-03-2005 14:50 theorgelmeister 
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I've never heard the Hollies sing it, but I have heard Neil Diamond sing it and do a good job with it. Thanks for the story behind it. I always did wonder about the strange title. Overall, a pretty good song.
0 likes - like | 02-02-2005 18:34 ensorceler 
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sad... beautiful... amazing... i like it a lot
0 likes - like | 09-11-2004 21:15 brandy72 
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many years ago, my husband-to-be (but not for many many years to come) told me the story of this it's about a young man who literally carried his own brother around because he couldn't walk on his own...(I forget why).

It was a very inspiring story for our generation, who only seemed to think of ourselves...
0 likes - like | 06-10-2004 12:23 Leesie87 
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We played this song at my brothers funeral. I love this song. Its kinda sad tho.
0 likes - like | 06-10-2004 11:56 mob5ta 
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god i love this song so much
0 likes - like | 06-10-2004 01:14 Thrakk 
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check out the version by Rufus Wainwright
0 likes - like | 06-10-2004 00:41 owl_furby 
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This song is awe-some.