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Bridge Over Troubled Water

Words & Music by Paul Simon

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Bridge Over Troubled Water

Words & Music by Paul Simon

When you're weary, feeling small
When tears are in your eyes I will dry them all
I'm on your site, oh, When times get rough
And friends just can't be found

Like a bridge over troubled water,
I will lay me down,
Oh, like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you're down and out, when you're on the streets
When evening falls so hard, I will comfort you
I'll take your part when the darkness falls and pain is all around

Yes, like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Oh, 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

Yes, like a bridge over troubled water
I, I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will easy your mind

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Paul Simon wrote Bridge Over Troubled Water in his house on Blue Jay Way in Los Angeles - the same house that inspired George Harrison to write Blue Jay Way. In the studio, Art Gurfunkel added a third verse. Simon and Gurfunkel's recording of Brigde Over Troubled Water (Columbia 33178) sold over five million copies and was the number one song of 1970. It reached the top of both the Hot 100 chart and the Easy-Listening chart. Grammys were awarded for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Contemporary Song. In 1971 Aretha Franklin topped the rhythm & blues chart with her version of the song (Atlantic 2796). That same year, Buck Owens reached #9 on the country chart with his rendition (Capitol 3023).

Elvis recorded Bridge Over Troubled Water at RCA's Nashville studios on June 5, 1970. The 1970 documentary Elvis - That's The Way It Is featured Elvis singing the song in an early August 1970 rehearsal at the International Hotel in Las Vegas and during an August 13 performance in concert. The soundtrack LP for that film, however, used the studio recording with overdubbed applause. An April 14, 1972, performance in Greensboro, North Carolina, was used in the 1972 documentary Elvis On Tour.

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When you're weary, feeling small
When tears are in your eyes I will dry them all
I'm on your site, oh, When times get rough
And friends just can't be found

Like a bridge over troubled water,
I will lay me down,
Oh, like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you're down and out, when you're on the streets
When evening falls so hard, I will comfort you
I'll take your part when the darkness falls and pain is all around

Yes, like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Oh, 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

Yes, like a bridge over troubled water
I, I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will easy your mind


Paul Simon wrote Bridge Over Troubled Water in his house on Blue Jay Way in Los Angeles - the same house that inspired George Harrison to write Blue Jay Way. In the studio, Art Gurfunkel added a third verse. Simon and Gurfunkel's recording of Brigde Over Troubled Water (Columbia 33178) sold over five million copies and was the number one song of 1970. It reached the top of both the Hot 100 chart and the Easy-Listening chart. Grammys were awarded for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Contemporary Song. In 1971 Aretha Franklin topped the rhythm & blues chart with her version of the song (Atlantic 2796). That same year, Buck Owens reached #9 on the country chart with his rendition (Capitol 3023).

Elvis recorded Bridge Over Troubled Water at RCA's Nashville studios on June 5, 1970. The 1970 documentary Elvis - That's The Way It Is featured Elvis singing the song in an early August 1970 rehearsal at the International Hotel in Las Vegas and during an August 13 performance in concert. The soundtrack LP for that film, however, used the studio recording with overdubbed applause. An April 14, 1972, performance in Greensboro, North Carolina, was used in the 1972 documentary Elvis On Tour.