He’s Na Heavy. He’s Mi Brither

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stephen 2012This song has been on my mind since my brother died.

There is a small dug-out bar which plays all of the classics on vinyl. It is located next to the cafe I was sitting in when my brother died. The night he died, I went into the cafe and requested this song while having a quiet beer thinking that there would be no more opportunities to do that with my brother himself.

While the original version is from The Hollies, I prefer this cover recorded in the wake of the Hillsborough tragedy.

Like we are seeing in Sydney now, loss and tragedy brings the best out in everyone.

The title for the song comes from a story first recorded in 1884 of a scene in Scotland of a little girl struggling with her brother who she is dragging up some stairs in a bag. Somehow appropriate given the situation I find myself in, especially as I have my sights to head to Glasgow next.

The lyrics for this song are lovely, and need no explanation. Please read them, and I think you will also know why this song resonates with me at the moment.

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
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother


2 thoughts on “He’s Na Heavy. He’s Mi Brither

    Elsbeth Jones said:
    December 18, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Matt, I’m so impressed with what you are writing and have passed them to friends and rellies. To see the brave and courageous way you are tackling this simply awful time in our lives, makes me so proud of you. While I haven’t responded to each blog, I read them, forward them and put them in the file named Stephen RIP 2014. Just wonderful my Matthew.
    I’m also so impressed with the way that you and Bronwen have read your eulogies, Bron let me read them and I was in tears of pride!
    God bless you my son, I know that you have taught Stephen many things about accepting people as they are, and in particular his brother.
    My heart aches for you, as well as fills me with pride and thankfulness.
    Much love as Ever, Mum

      Pathfinder responded:
      December 18, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks Mum. Go well tomorrow. Stay strong for Stephen.

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