2005-09-03 “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”

You may have noticed that the ‘Song of the Week’ machine has been quiet the last couple of weeks. I was on a retreat two weekends ago, and then we were preparing here in Florida for Hurricane Katrina last weekend.


Sobering times these are … once again the world has become even smaller, and the world community looks on those the we call our neighbors and our friends, whether 100 miles away or halfway around the world – and we are all saddened and shocked by the disaster that struck New Orleans and the Gulf coast region of the United States.


Curious thing, though, is that as human beings we do rise above the tragedies that befall us, and we become even better humans – loving more, caring more, and putting value on what really counts — our relationships.


Although I am always in the mood for a humorous song, tonight I simply do not have the energy or desire to do so. My prayers go out not only to all who have been affected or left homeless, but as well, to all those who are risking their lives to help save, console, heal and feed those affected.


With that, our song of the week is the big hit from the Hollies from 1969:



Please be sure to listen and watch the accompaning WMV version of the song that was performed on American Idol:

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…

Kevin Weilbacher [SBS-MVP]
“The days pass by so quickly now, the nights are seldom long”



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *