“Bridge Over Troubled Water”
If you don’t feel any kind of emotion during this song, then you have no soul. My favorite lyric to the song is the first line: “When you’re weary, feeling small. When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all.” These lyrics are so simple, yet so powerful. The song has a build up to the third verse that starts off with “Sail on, silver girl.” Contrary to popular belief, this lyric was actually about Simon’s wife who was upset to find her first gray hair. Many people thought it was about a drugged hypodermic needle. The build up to the song is why it became so popular. By starting off quiet, the song makes the audience listen closely to the simple yet powerful lyrics. As the song builds up with the piano (adds a gospel tone), the lyrics become more powerful and the song becomes fulfilled with powerful emotions for the audience to take in. “
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” was released in 1970 with the Bridge Over Troubled Water album. This album almost outsold Michael’ Jackson’s Thriller. The song won five Grammy awards including Record of the Year and Song of the Year, which are the most prestigious awards at the Grammys. It was number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks. It was one of the most performed songs in the twentieth century with covers by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, etc. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” is almost a 5 minute song and played on mainstream radio, which was unheard of at the time. The longest song on the radio during that time 3:45.
I know when I listen to this song, it makes me think of any troubles that I have had in my life and how I am thankful for the people that I have in my life that keep me strong.