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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!

Anne:

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

sandrac:

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.

Anne:

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.

Valerie:

Anne

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

Anne:

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.

Anne:

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

Marcia:

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.

Anne:

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!)

nancyhol:

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

Anne:

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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