He Ain't Heavy... He's My Brother
Bill Medley Lyrics


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The road is long with a 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 one 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 just laden with sadness

That's 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?
Yes
and the load
the load does not weigh me down
down at all
-
He ain't heavy
he's my brother.

He ain't heavy
he's my brother

He ain't heavy




he ain't heavy
he's my brother

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Bill Medley's song "He Ain't Heavy... He's My Brother" are a testament to the strength and love of familial bonds. The opening line "The road is long with a many a winding turn" sets a tone of uncertainty and unpredictability, yet the singer asserts that he is strong enough to carry his brother through whatever may come their way. This speaks to the idea of kinship and responsibility, where one's concern for their family overrides any struggles that may come with it.


The following lines reinforce this idea, as the singer expresses that his brother is not a burden to bear, but rather a shared responsibility. This is further emphasized in the last verse, where the load does not weigh the singer down, because his love for his brother and his sense of duty to him provide the strength to keep going. Ultimately, the repetition of the line "He ain't heavy, he's my brother" drives home the idea that familial bonds are unbreakable and that the love between siblings can lift even the heaviest of weights.


Line by Line Meaning

The road is long with a many a winding turn
Life is unpredictable and we don't always know where it will take us.


That leads us to who knows where
We don't always know where our journey in life will take us.


But I'm strong strong enough to carry him
I am strong enough to help those who need it.


He ain't heavy he's my brother.
My brother is like family to me and I will help him in any way I can.


So one we go his welfare is my concern
My brother's well-being is always on my mind as we go through life together.


No burden is he to bear we'll get there.
He is not a burden to me, we will make it through together and reach our destination.


For I know he would not encumber me
I know he would not intentionally burden me or hold me back.


If I'm laden at all I'm just laden with sadness
If I carry any burden at all, it is only sadness that comes from seeing my brother struggle.


That's everyone's heart isn't filled with the gladness
Not everyone's heart is filled with love and kindness towards their brothers and sisters in humanity.


Of love for one another.
We should strive to have love for one another.


It's a long long road from which there is no return
Life is a long journey from which there is ultimately no turning back.


While we're on the way to there why not share?
As we go through life, we should share the burdens of others along the way.


Yes and the load the load does not weigh me down down at all
The burden I carry for my brother does not feel like a heavy load on my shoulders.


He ain't heavy he's my brother.
My brother is not a burden, but rather a loved one I am happy to help.


He ain't heavy he's my brother
Once again, my brother is not a burden, but rather someone I am honored to call my family.


He ain't heavy he ain't heavy he's my brother
No matter how many times I say it, my brother will never be a burden and will always be my family.




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