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    he ain't heavy. he's my brother

    "The road is long
    With many a winding turn
    That leads us to who knows where
    Who knows where"


    1. Does “many a winding turn” mean ‘many winding turns’?


    2.“that leads us to who knows where”
    Does ‘that’ refer to the road instead of winding turns?

    "His welfare is of my concern
    No burden is he to bear
    We'll get there"


    3. “His welfare is of my concern”

    Does 'welfare' mean his brother's health and happiness?


    4. Does “No burden is he to bear” mean ‘he is no burden for me to bear’ or ‘he is not my burden’?




    "For I know
    He would not encumber me
    He ain't heavy, he's my brother "


    “He would not encumber me.”
    5. What does ‘would’ mean?
    6. Is it the same in meaning as ‘he wouldn’t burden me’?





    ”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 “

    7. Does the quote above mean ‘the thing would make me feel sad only if people don’t
    share their gladness of love to each other’?



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    He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother LYRICS

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    Re: he ain't heavy. he's my brother

    1. many a winding turn
    many a

    Numerous ones, as in Many a little boy has wanted to become a fireman. This adjective is always used with a singular noun, a usage dating from about 1200. Also see many is the.
    many a: Information and Much More from Answers.com

    many a is a locution that is followed by a singular noun, which in turn takes a singular verb: Full many a flower is born to blush unseen … (Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard). See AGREEMENT.
    many a. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993
    2. ... many a winding turn (that) leads us to ...
    3. Yes
    4. Yes
    5. conditional sense
    6. Yes
    7. Yes

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    Re: he ain't heavy. he's my brother

    re 1. "many a winding turn” vs. ‘many winding turns’

    Any difference in meaning between the two?


    re 2. So, 'that' refers to 'many a winding turn' not 'the road'. Correct?

    re 5. Why it's conditional?


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    Re: he ain't heavy. he's my brother

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    re 1. "many a winding turn” vs. ‘many winding turns’

    Any difference in meaning between the two? No.


    re 2. So, 'that' refers to 'many a winding turn' not 'the road'. Correct? No, it refers to the road.

    re 5. Why it's conditional? It is conditional because it is a hypothetical situation, if the situation was reversed "he would not encumber me".


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    1. "many a winding turn” vs. ‘many winding turns’

    Any difference in meaning between the two? No.


    re 2. So, 'that' refers to 'many a winding turn' not 'the road'. Correct? No, it refers to the road.

    re 5. Why it's conditional? It is conditional because it is a hypothetical situation, if the situation was reversed "he would not encumber me".

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    Hi, bhaisahab

    re 5. Why it's conditional? It is conditional because it is a hypothetical situation, if the situation was reversed "he would not encumber me".

    Can you give more examples?

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    Re: he ain't heavy. he's my brother

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Hi, bhaisahab

    re 5. Why it's conditional? It is conditional because it is a hypothetical situation, if the situation was reversed "he would not encumber me".

    Can you give more examples?

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    I will do this for him because I know that if I needed it, he would do the same for me.

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    Re: he ain't heavy. he's my brother

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    re 2. So, 'that' refers to 'many a winding turn' not 'the road'. Correct? No, it refers to the road.
    Actually, that refers to the closest noun, which is (many a winding) turn.

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    Re: he ain't heavy. he's my brother

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Actually, that refers to the closest noun, which is (many a winding) turn.
    Actually, I think that the intended meaning of the lyrics is that "that" refers to the road, paraphrase it as; The road that leads us to who knows where, is long and with many a winding turn.

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    Re: he ain't heavy. he's my brother

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Actually, I think that the intended meaning of the lyrics is that "that" refers to the road, paraphrase it as; The road that leads us to who knows where, is long and with many a winding turn.
    Interesting. To me it's a metaphor for life; the road is life's purpose, the winding turns leading us away from that purpose.

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    Re: he ain't heavy. he's my brother

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Interesting. To me it's a metaphor for life; the road is life's purpose, the winding turns leading us away from that purpose.
    I agree that it's a metaphor for life but I see it as; the road, (which is as you say life's purpose) is long and winding (echoes of another song here) and leads us who knows where. Which one of us knows where the road of life will lead us?
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