He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (Video)

I think this song holds an important key for humanity… beautiful song and video.
A song about carrying your brothers burden, and in the 60,s that meant the brotherhood of mankind. “He does not encumber me.”

The title came from the motto for Boys Town, a community formed in 1917 by a Catholic priest named Father Edward Flanagan. Located in Omaha, Nebraska, it was a place where troubled or homeless boys could come for help. In 1941, Father Flanagan was looking at a magazine called The Messenger when he came across a drawing of a boy carrying a younger boy on his back, with the caption, “He ain’t heavy Mr., he’s my brother.” Father Flanagan thought the image and phrase captured the spirit of Boys Town, so he got permission and commissioned a statue of the drawing with the inscription, “He ain’t heavy Father, he’s my brother.” The statue and phrase became the logo for Boys Town. In 1979, girls were allowed and the name was eventually changed to Girls And Boys Town. The logo was updated with a drawing of a girl carrying a younger girl added.

excerpt from songfacts. Songfacts is a searchable database of song information where you can find out the stories behind the songs, get the lyrics, and watch the videos.



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