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Bridge Over Troubled Water

As a little girl, I spent hours listening to my Mom's and my Aunt Phyllis's record albums. I grew up with Leonard Cohen, the Beatles, the Stones, Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash, the list goes on. Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water was (and is) one of my favourite songs in the world. The message of a friend who walks beside you, who lifts you up, who offers encouragement and unconditional support through times of trouble, really speaks to my heart. When my daughters were little, I used to sing this song to them as we had our bedtime cuddle in the rocking chair. It's also one of the few songs I can play on the piano (I can't play it very well, mind you, but I can play it...at least well enough to make myself happy!)

I was reminded of the song this morning as I read an email from a friend of mine...so I am listening to it now while holding her in my heart with love and prayer:

♥ ♥ "If you need a friend ... I'm sailing right behind" ♥ ♥

Full lyrics:

Bridge Over Troubled Water

When you're weary, feeling small,
When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all;
I'm on your side. When times get rough
And friends just can't be found,
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.

When you're down and out,
When you're on the street,
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you.
I'll take your part.
When darkness comes
And pain is all around,
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on silvergirl,
Sail on by.
Your time has come to shine.
All your dreams are on their way.
See how they shine.
If you need a friend
I'm sailing right behind.

Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind.
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind.

Comments (15)

My mom still has that LP!


Jerry, how cool! I must check my mom's basement and see what LPs are still kicking around her place.


Anne, I used to love that song -- I was a big S+G fan in the 70s (after they broke up, of course!) I'm always behind the trends, I didn't get into Johnny Cash until about the time he died!

I love this song. Brings back nice memories.

I bought a CD recently that was Simon & Garfunkel's greatest hits-it is wonderful. I knew almost all of the songs on it, and on a long drive I had the day I bought it, I sang along the entire time(and I don't usually sing-I'm no good). I love Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Barb Cabot:

I grew up in that era and a few years ago went to a concert to hear Art Garfunkel. Amazingly he sounded much the same as he did years ago in concert. A very beautiful voice.


Sandra, I too am usually a latecomer to the trendy scene. My Aunt Phyllis was always cutting edge though (partly through listening to the CBC!)

girasoli, I always think it's so cool how songs bring back memories :)

Cindy Ruth, I think I have that same CD! It's fantastic, isn't it?

Barb - awesome!! I have heard that Art's still got it, how wonderful that you had a chance to see him.



Interesting that this song comes to mind for you - another indication of Kindred Spirit, I think. I used to sing this song alot when I played my guitar more frequently and it was one of those pieces that helped me call to mind the spirits of those who surround me on my journey.



Valerie, that is so cool to know this song speaks to us both. And you better get practicing, because now that I know you play this song on your guitar, I shall expect you to play it for me (perhaps this summer in Newfoundland!)

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Anne, music and lyrics combined has an amazing way of touching our hearts and comforting us.

Wonderful post Anne. Thank you for writing it.


My pleasure Kathy! It really is amazing just how comforting songs can be, isn't it?!


Barb, we also saw Art Garfunkel in concert a few years back - could we have been there together? And here's the age thing, Jerry's mom might have the LP, but I am pretty sure we do as well.


Oh Marcia, wouldn't that be cool coincidence if it WAS the same concert Barb mentioned? (Serendipity seems to be running rampant lately, so it wouldn't surprise me!)


"Bridge" is a great song! I have always loved it!


Nancy, I agree! The dynamics are awesome too, I love the way it builds to that great crescendo at the end.

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