"Bridge Over Troubled Water" as written by and Paul Simon....
When you're weary, feeling small
When tears are in your eyes, I'll dry them all (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 (ooo)
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

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"Bridge over Troubled Water" as written by Paul Simon

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  • +7
    My InterpretationWhen you're going through a very dark time and you're emotionally exhausted and alone, a place where no friends or real support can be found.

    'In between' living your old life with unhealthy, uncaring people, and wanting to move into a happier, healthier existence and away from those people you love but are sadly incapable of making that change ( sometimes everyone we know)... that's where you find the love, strength, belief and faith in yourself that you can make it.

    Trusting that there is a force that loves you, hears you and can help you find the courage and faith in yourself carries you from the darkness and into the light ~ your light and your dreams. That force is the bridge - call it what you will...It could be God, or love or energy or 'the force!' but it is something real.

    You are loved and supported even when you are alone and in the dark. For the brave, miracles happen there.

    Beautiful, inspired lyrics.
    archetypeson February 24, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI can't believe that in almost a YEAR, no one has written a comment on this amazing song about friendship and togetherness. This song epitomizes why we have friends... Because the real friends stick around when times are dark while the others scatter for a better view.
    maxpower114on February 08, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWell, First of all. NO DRUGS!
    I am not an orgirnall fan, as in i wasnt born when they wrote this song. but i did have a tape of there greatest hits and i wore it out let me tell ya. but this song i have always loved. just hearing it a few minutes ago and really paying attention to the words made me think. ( i am not trying to preach or anything but) like shunammite kind a touched on. i really think this song is about one man who did lay his life down for us. Jesus.. listen to the words. It could be about a friend but with the line "When friends just can't be found" i really think it is mentioning somone else. jesus died for our sins, he laid down his life for us. he is there always for us, when we are moving right on by. Also in the 2nd "I will comfort you. I'll take your part." jesus took away our sins when he died for us. he took are place up there. But untill right before i posted this. i also thought it was a song about a dear friend (which i have used many times to help ppl) it sounds a little depressing, but it is a really nice and pleasent song.
    DARSFoGon January 18, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis must be considered for top 5 songs of all time. Beautiful meaning and sound. I love to give this song a listen when I'm in a sad mood.
    endoflaughteron December 18, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree...this song has been viewed so many times, but not a single comment has been made.
    This week, our high school choir did a version of this song arranged by Kirby Shaw. It was amazing. 2 of my good friends had solos for the second and third verses. It was absolutely beautiful, and they recieved a standing ovation. This song is so powerful and beautiful. This is how I feel about my best friend - I would do anything for her...no matter what she needs and I know she would do the same for me. I guess that's what having a best friend is all about.
    Tuesdayz_goneon February 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhen i first heard this song i didnt listen to the words, and based on the melody i fealt it as kind of a depressing song, and when it said "i will lay me down" i thought of kind of giving up. then i listened to the words and found the lyrics and it was not that at all...one of the best songs ever written, simple, but amazing. so moving. it can relate to everyone.
    blueblackeyes101on May 01, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm so sick of everyone thinking that all songs have some secret drug meaning..the line "sail on silver girl" is NOT about heroin ... from the mouth of Paul Simon, "My girlfriend at the time was particularly saddened upon finding a few grey hairs in her brush, lamenting that she was getting older. I wrote that lyric as a tribute and inside joke to her. I don't know how the heroin connection rumor got started. The song is basically about friendship." ....played this song in hs band and i've always loved it..more so as time moves on..the music just gives me a happy little chill..lol....
    jc040404on February 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song isnt a beautiful song about friendship..its about heroin...
    Michellelnne1985on April 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with takingstraylight and MichelleInne1985; the damn song is about heroin!!! I'm no heroin addict, but if most ppl can't figure it out, try injecting some in your arms and listen to this song again.

    About the "friendship" message, re-read:
    "I'm on your side. When times get rough
    And friends just can't be found,"

    What 'friend' are we talking about?

    "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"

    When you're on the street... this friend just sits beside you and comfort you? And take your part?

    "Sail on silvergirl,
    Sail on by.
    Your time has come to shine.
    All your dreams are on their way"

    This must be the "high" part.

    "I will ease your mind"

    Heroin offers escapism. Heroin addicts are often "down-and-out", on the streets, and often in "pain" [Ref: "And pain is all around"]. This 'pain' is the physical uncomfortness experienced with withdrawals of not having heroin in your system.

    People are too sheltered. I think I've just slapped some mud on some ppl.
    wanda_dewitton May 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPassionate and powerful song!
    dtruinion April 22, 2008   Link

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