Peace Music on Monday: He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother

Sharing this week’s song of peace for our world:

Originally recorded by Kelly Gordon in 1969, the popular musical ballad He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother became a worldwide hit for The Hollies later that year and again for Neil Diamond in 1970. It has been covered by many artists in subsequent years.

The song’s title comes from a story related in the 1884 book The Parables of Jesus written by James Wells, Moderator of the United Free Church of Scotland.  In the story a little girl is struggling to carry a big baby boy.  When asked if she was tired, the girl replied, “No, he’s not heavy; he’s my brother.”

he ain’t heavy, he’s my brother, by the hollies

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…


Music is the universal language of mankind.

My faith calls me to work for peace and justice and to accept and love all people.  In a world that seems to be so full of hatred, I must do all I can to pursue justice and peace in my own little corner of the globe.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Amy says:

    This is such a moving song…


    1. It is, isn’t it? Thank you.

      Liked by 1 person

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