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July 21, 2017

He’s not heavy — he’s my brother

Filed under: Music, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:40 am

This morning, I was watching the news on TV when, for some reason, a famous photo was shown, as someone said “He’s not heavy; he’s my brother.”

This was the famous photo of an American soldier carrying a wounded soldier on his shoulders. The caption on this photo was famous, and for years, many people used this expression.

All this reminded me of my college days, when there was a boy who was famous on the campus of the University of Missouri, for dancing with his sister who was crippled. They would frequently dance on the sidewalk in front of the Student Union and there was always a crowd of people watching them.

One day, I said to him: “you are very nice to dance with this crippled girl.”

He answered: “She’s not crippled — she’s my sister.”

Then one day, he asked me to dance with him in front of the student union. I told him that I could not dance well enough to dance with him. He said “Don’t worry, I’ll make you look good.”

He did make me look good, and the crowd of people watching us applauded.

The moral of this story is that you should not worry about looking good yourself — you should make others look good.


  1. “He ain’t heavy he’s my brother” was originally “He ain’t heavy Father he’s my brother.” It was inscribed on a bronze statue that was the motto of Father Flanagan’s Boys Town. “Built in l917 in Omaha Nebraska …The location of what would become known as “Boys Town” rapidly filled up with the arrival of additional children. Many were sent by local courts, others were referred to the home by citizens, and some wandered off the streets and through the home’s unlocked doors on their own accord. In the spring of 1918, no space was left in the drafty Victorian mansion at 106 North 25th Street, so Father Flanagan, assisted by sympathetic citizens, moved Boys Town to a building 10 times the size on the other side of town. The vacant building was the German-American Home, which, with the U.S. declaration of war against Germany in April 1917, had become the most despised building in the city.”

    Comment by who dares wings — July 22, 2017 @ 7:25 am

  2. The song “He ain’t Heavy, He’s my Brother” glorifies War, just like the song “Ballad of the Green Berets”, by Sgt Barry Sadler.

    There was another song that used the same tune as “Green Berets”, but it was anti-war and it was in German.

    The song was “Hundert Mann und ein Befehl”. by Freddy Quinn.

    Here it is performed by Heidi Brühl:

    …..and here are the English lyrics:

    Hundert Mann und ein Befehl

    English translation

    Somewhere in a foreign land,

    they wander through rock and sand,

    far from home and fair game,

    100 men and he’s there as well

    100 men and one command

    and a way that no one wants,

    day in, day out, to who knows where,

    burned land and what’s the use?

    All alone in the dark night,

    you have often thought about it,

    that far from here the full moon shines

    and far from here a young girl cries.

    And the world is still so beautiful.

    If I could see you just once.

    Now separating us already a long year,

    because a command was our doom.

    At random the fate strikes down.

    Today him and tomorrow you.

    I hear from afar the crows cawing

    in the dawn, why does that have to be?

    Comment by Sockpuppet2012 — July 21, 2017 @ 6:01 pm

  3. Anti-Semitic French writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline wrote beautiful things about how stupid & foolish patriotism is. A moving song, a few stars and stripes in the wind, and ready to die for the United States of Amerikike. How hilarious !! Works every time. Dumb dumb dumb Goyim…

    Comment by hermie — July 21, 2017 @ 4:23 pm

  4. The famous sentence comes from the 1884 book “The Parables of Jesus” by James Wells of the United Free Church of Scotland. The book told the story of a little girl carrying a baby and replying “No, he’s not heavy; he’s my brother” to someone who had asked her if she wasn’t tired.

    Comment by hermie — July 21, 2017 @ 4:16 pm

  5. Neil Diamond version

    Comment by furtherglory — July 21, 2017 @ 11:22 am

  6. You say many things I disagree with. This is not one of them.
    The boy in your post was a good man.

    Comment by brycesdaddy1105 — July 21, 2017 @ 10:45 am

  7. Comment by brycesdaddy1105 — July 21, 2017 @ 10:44 am

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