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The Hollies - He ain't heavy, he's my brother. - Lyrics Meaning



He ain't heavy, he's my brother, was composed by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell, who was to die shortly after the song's release in 1970 from cancer.

The song, recorded by Manchester based super group, the Hollies with Elton John guesting on the piano, enjoyed tremendous commercial success reaching top spot in the UK and seventh place in the US charts.

Alan Clarke who was the Hollies lead vocalist during their peak will never be forgotten and will be remembered for the strength of his vocals on "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother".

The song has been credited with covering several themes from human's rights issues to the camaraderie of soldiers fighting together in war. Or simply describing the trials and tribulations of life.

Whatever the theme, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" describes a stronger person, either emotionally or physically who uncomplainingly provides support for someone, may be a brother or maybe just a friend or even an acquaintance who is finding it more difficult to make the same journey. The singer's only complaint is that not everyone is prepared to make the same compromises.

"If I'm laden at all I'm laden with sadness, that everyone's heart is filled with a gladness of love for one another."




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