I was listening to music in the car on the way to work and was intrigued by the song “He ain’t Heavy” by the Housemartins. I knew that the song referenced the famous slogan of Boy’s Town: “He ain’t heavy, Father. He’s my brother.”
SO I started a search on the web looking for the whole story behind the quote. So far i have found the following:
One snowy winter night a boy carrying his brother showed up on the steps of the Boy’s Town orphanage. When Father Flanagan told him to put his heavy burden down the boy said “He ain’t heavy, Father. He’s my brother.”
One bright summer day when the boys of Boys Town were going swimming one of the crippled kids was being left behind. Another boy picked him up to carry him to the swimming hole. Father Flanagan told the others to help. You can guess what happened next.
One boy carrying another from a burning house. Another boy carrying an injured one back to the orphanage.
The question is: What’s the true story? Is this even a true story? The official Original Boys Town website doesn not make mention of either the story or the slogan, except that the chior will sing He’s my Brother at some concert.
It’s up to the teemsters now.