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Bridge Over Troubled Water
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Bridge Over Troubled Water

Simon and Garfunkel
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Bridge Over Troubled Water

Song Meaning of Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel, and what the song is about


Simon and Garfunkel were fighting at the time he penned this song, even about who should sing it.

Simon stated "I regret not doing so many times."


"Bridge over Troubled Water" was composed by Paul Simon in 1969 and came to him very quickly, so much so that he asked himself: "Where did that come from? It doesn't seem like me."


Garfunkel came up with the "Sail on, silver girl" phrase; Simon has never been a fan. Simon told Dick Cavett around the time "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was the Number One song in America, a position it held for six weeks, "I guess I stole it, actually," at the time the title phrase came from a Sixties song by West Virginia gospel group the Swan Silvertones. Later, as a token of appreciation, he gave Silvertone singer Claude Jeter $1,000.


At the 13th Annual Grammy Awards in 1971, the song took home five prizes, including the Record of the Year and Song of the Year Grammy Awards. It is Simon & Garfunkel's most popular hit and frequently referred to as their anthem; it spent six weeks at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in addition to peaking at number one in the UK, Canada, France, and New Zealand. It eventually sold more than six million copies globally, peaking at number five in eight additional nations.


Lyrics of the song Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel


When you're weary, feeling small,

When tears are in your eyes

I will dry them all

I'm on your side

Oh 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

Oh 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, silver girl

Sail on by

Your time has come to shine

All your dreams are on their way

See how they shine

Oh 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

Release Date

1970

Songwriter/s

Paul Simon

Producer/s

Roy Halee, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel

Label/s

Columbia

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