"The Bridge" as written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin....
I've seen the bridge, and the bridge is long
And they built it high, and they built it strong
Strong enough to hold the weight of time
Long enough to leave some of us behind

And every one of us has to face that day
Do you cross the bridge or do you fade away?
And every one of us that ever came to play
Has to cross the bridge or fade away

Standing on the bridge, looking at the waves
Seen so many jump, never seen one saved
On a distant beach your song can die
On a bitter wind, on a cruel tide


And the bridge - it shines
Oh, cold hard iron
Saying come and risk it all
Or die trying


Lyrics submitted by Matthew M.

"The Bridge" as written by Elton John Bernie Taupin

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    General CommentI agree with silverprod. I heard this song on an airplane, and my ears were popped, so i couldn't hear too well, but i looked for this song only because I thought it was so inspirational. I think I've come to that bridge many times, but it's always been for the same reason, always returning to haunt me. That's why this song means so much to me.
    everlasting-fireon April 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbridge is a metaphor for a single path in life... when given that path do you go all the way or give up before and jump over? there'a s jumble of thoughts in my head but it's something like that...
    silverprodon October 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn an interview Elton and Bernie both said along the lines that it was about making it in the music industry and how you have to cross the bridge to reach fame or fall over like so many and simply return to a boring life.

    It can also be applied in general though, as silverprod said, to anything in life where there is a big challenge to face and crossing the bridge results in glory and failing to cross the bridge means being forgotten, fading away.

    This song is quite inspirational and means a lot to many people, I'm sure and certain.
    auburnstaron March 09, 2013   Link

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