Song Lyric Sunday 9th August

This week, Jim has asked us to choose a song with a harmonica in it.
I was tempted to opt for the Eurythmics ‘There must be an Angel’ with guest harmonica by Stevie Wonder, but thought a lot of people might choose that, so I’ve gone with The Hollies from 1969 and one of the first singles I bought when I got my new record player.

“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” is a ballad written by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell. Originally recorded by Kelly Gordon in 1969, the song became a worldwide hit for The Hollies later that year and a minor hit for Neil Diamond in 1970. It has been recorded by many artists in subsequent years. Scott and Russell were introduced to each other by Johnny Mercer, at a California nightclub. Although Russell was dying of lymphoma and the pair met only three times, they managed to collaborate on the song.
The Hollies’ recording, sung by Allan Clarke and featuring Elton John on piano, was released in the UK on 1 September 1969 and on 1 December 1969 in the US. It reached No. 3 in the UK and No. 7 in the US. The song was re-released in August 1988 in the UK following its use in a television advertisement for Miller Lite beer. It reached the No. 1 spot in the UK chart for two weeks in September 1988.


“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
Lyrics courtesy

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 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

This will always be a classic for me and one that I cannot help but get emotional about towards the end.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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39 Responses to Song Lyric Sunday 9th August

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Great choice Di , absolutely love the Hollies, great choice 💜

  2. My mum went to see these. Like this song.

  3. Wonderful choice Di. This song is a timeless classic ☺️👍

  4. Maggie says:

    What a beautiful song and such a great choice!

  5. Paula Light says:

    Fab song! 🎶💗

  6. In 1941, Father Flanagan was looking at a magazine called The Messenger when he came across a drawing of a boy carrying a younger boy on his back, with the caption, “He ain’t heavy Mr., he’s my brother.” Father Flanagan thought the image and phrase captured the spirit of Boys Town, so he got permission and commissioned a statue of the drawing with the inscription, “He ain’t heavy Father, he’s my brother.” The statue and phrase became the logo for Boys Town.

  7. Lisa Coleman says:

    The Hollies have been popular for the past month and for good reason! The lyrics and melody give me chills when I hear it. Great share, Di!

  8. John Holton says:

    Great song. The Hollies were a favorite of mine.

  9. aisasami says:

    Never heard of this song before, but what a great song! Thanks for the new listen!

  10. Thank you for this one. Gives me chills.

  11. msjadeli says:


  12. murisopsis says:

    I remember reading a book with that title…

  13. ghostmmnc says:

    Wonderful song and choice! Just got lost for a little bit listening to those harmonies, and absorbing the lyrics. 🙂

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