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Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel - Song Lyrics, Video Links, Analyses, Insights for Today & Tomorrow

© Donald Reinhardt, August 21, 2011

This may be one of the best of all Simon and Garfunkel’s hit songs in this reviewer’s opinion. Check the lyrics here, listen to five versions of the song and analyze and see why it ranks so well and has universal and enduring meaning. 


 Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. Photo Credit, Team


Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel - Song Lyrics with Simple Analyses and Insights

The lyrics of the "Bridge Over Troubled Water" are clear and straightforward and probably require little analysis or insight, but for the sake of giving a little perspective and a view from a slightly different angle see the unrhymed, contrasting prose paraphrasing to the right of the actual lyrics. Anyone can substitute some of their personal views that make this song that much more meaningful for you. 

Song Lyrics                                                                 Simple Analyses and Insights


When you're weary, feeling small,                            When you are tired, seen unimportant
When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all.      When crying, I’m here to comfort you
I'm on your side. When times get rough                   When all is bad and you are deserted
And friends just can’t be found,
Like a bridge over troubled water                              I’ll carry you over the bad times & places            
I will lay me down.      
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.

When you're down and out,                                      When you are broken, penniless                               
When you're on the street,                                       Like a hobo or wanderer
When evening falls so hard                                      and darkness comes heavy upon you
I will comfort you.                                                    I am there.
I’ll take your part.                                                      I am sharing your pain.   
When darkness comes                                              When those heavy, sad times come
And pains is all around,                                             And you ache all over
Like a bridge over troubled water                            I’ll carry you over the bad times & places            
I will lay me down.
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.

Sail on silver girl,                                                    Let the wind carry you as though on an ocean 
Sail on by.                                                                Yes, sail and be carried forward
Your time has come to shine.                                This is your bright time for hope to blossom
All your dreams are on their way.
See how they shine.                                                See those bright hopes burst and bloom
O, If you need a friend                                           Yes, when you need a friend
I’m sailing right behind.                                         I am right here, nearby, to back you up.      
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind.                                             I’ll carry your thoughts to comfort and peace.
Like a bridge over troubled water                         I’ll carry your thoughts to comfort and peace
I will ease your mind.

Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel Five of the Best Video Links

The following are the five best video links and musical renditions that I found of “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.

1. Art Garfunkel sings during the Concert in Central Park New York, September 18, 1981 approximately 12 years after the song’s introduction in 1969.
2. Simon & Garfunkel, Madison Square Garden Concert, October 29 & 30 th, 2009. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

A great rendition with Art Garfunkel singing the first verse, Paul Simon singing the second verse, and then both as a duet singing the last verse.

 3.  Bridge Over Troubled Water by Sissel Kyrkjebo and Russell Watson is an outstanding female and male duet version that is magnificent and strong with a symphonic accompaniment that raises the song to a new and high level.

4. Elvis Presley sings the Bridge Over Troubled Water with depth, control and honest, open passion.

 5. Whitney Houston & Cece Winans both take The Bridge Over Troubled Water to the Gospel level with full artistry, strength and passion. This version is somewhat different and very good for those who love soul music at its very best!

Comparison of Bridge Over Troubled Water and The Sounds of Silence

The two songs by Simon & Garfunkel show the range of their artistry and the difference tone and demeanor of life and living that the composer and singer present and contrast in each song. Analyze and compare both and see what other conclusions and ideas you can find in addition to those presented here for the “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “The Sounds of Silence” previously analyzed at