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Paul Simon – Bridge Over Troubled Waters lyrics

When you're weary
Feeling small
When tears are in your eyes
I will dry them all

I'm on your side

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

I'll take your part
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
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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    Life is simple, it just isn't easy. This song is simple. It is about being a friend. We all have times in our lives when we are down, sometimes way down. During those times, a friend who loves us unconditionally can be the bridge we need to get over the troubled water.
    The last verse was added as an afterthought and paul simon never felt it belonged in the song. Neither do i.
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    Per history on this song written by simon who said it came out of nowhere and who called it 'a tiny hymn' before the recording companys got ahold of it. I would think it means many different things to many different people however I think it was meant to be a message from god, our 'bridge over troubled waters' and the 'silver girl' is the moon that 'I'm sailing right behind' indicating 'where he's coming from' so to speak:)
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    The genius here is in the "bridge" and not the "troubled water." Perhaps a buoy or a raft might be more obvious. The troubles surround and engulf you, but there is something (or someone) to hold on to in the torrent. A bridge, on the other hand, is apart from and above the troubling currents. The bridge is a more subtle and less blatant metaphor, and suggests a better path than merely a lifesaver. While the bridge is more uplifting and therefore in sync with the "Sail on Silvergirl" verse, it is difficult to figure how "sailing on". Fits with taking a bridge over the water. But it works - as poetry. So I'll just leave it alone. As an aside, the text (in its "friend" reference, "shining" times ahead, "sailing right behind", and "easing your mind"), and the swelling (encouragement) in the Gospel music, and Paul Simon's explanation that the "Silvergirl" was his wife who saw a gray hair, all seem to divert from a drug-related interpretation.
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    I have read these interpretations with great interest. For me, the man supporting the woman through troubled times is the romantic meaning which I cherish, but I think there is another darker meaning. It could be about dying. "when darkness comes and pain is all around" he will be there for her. And the uplifting verse "sail on silver girl, your time has come to shine" could be the moment of death, of release. Sounds a bit morbid I know but it could explain the difference in tone from the sadness and the pain to the final moment of letting go.
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    When you're down and out, when you're on the street when evening falls so hard, i'll comfort you. C'mon, seriously the song is about heroin.
    "silver girl" also known as a "silver bird" is a reference an old fashioned hyperdermic needle that had the two "wings" on top for your fingers with the plunger in the middle. "I'm sailing right behind. Damn straight cuz I'm loaded too. Now go read the lyrics again and see the I'm right. And you don't have to stretch anything to make it fit.
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