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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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    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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    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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    I believe the following to be the ULTIMATE meaning:

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

    Typical hardship of mundane existence. Feeling lost. Being aware of the lower self only. Not realizing that we have a dormant Higher Self or Divine spark ("Savior") which is awaiting our realization. Once truly realized, this Higher Self will "take away all tears" because the divine spark within us is "for us" and not against us. This Light within is "on our side" because it is the Light of the universe to which we all belong. No more seeing ourselves as separate entities. We are all ONE once this inner Light is turned on, though in essence we have always been one, but just blinded to this knowledge by our lower self/EGO.

    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

    The Bridge is the "highway" (recorded in many religious metaphors) that carries us from this world of woe to Higher consciousness and realization. This "Bridge" is the ONLY "way" to true Life. Metaphorically speaking, this Bridge, Highway or "Savior" "lays itself down" for us (on our behalf) that we may pass over it and escape the hell of this lower mundane life of suffering which is due to our spiritual blindness.

    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

    We all experience different and various degrees of suffering. Once we begin to truly realize that we have been imprisoned to our lower Ego, the Bridge will appear and we will be comforted from this time on... forever. Our inner Light or Higher Self will now "take our part" over these earthly sorrows... and "dry away all tears".

    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

    Trails and tribulations can become intense. Unenlightened humanity is like the turbulent sea that cannot rest. This Bridge to peace is always dwelling just "above" these troubled waters, in the person of one's "Higher" Consciousness... always waiting for us to cross.

    Sail on Silver Girl,
    Sail on by

    Once we realize the reality of this Bridge, our lives become "smooth sailing" from here on out. Most definitely "smooth sailing" as compared to our lives as "troubled waters". Metaphorically speaking, all people who are on this bridge are known as "virgins" (in the main religions of the world) ... "virgins" because they have a new life altogether now and are "pure" because of their Higher understanding. They now realize that they are not separate beings, but rather eternal consciousness ... therefore they are not "defiled" with the lower-thinking limitations of the Ego. These "silver" virgins (girls) have escaped the troubled waters and are now reflecting divine inner light from their Higher Self... as the moon reflects its light from the source.

    Your time has come to shine
    All your dreams are on their way
    See how they shine

    It is finally their time to "shine". They are now radiant beings who realize their true connection to the universe. Their "dreams" are manifesting now... not the desirous, materialistic "dreams" of the ego, but rather "dreams" of true peace and rest and joy which can only be found by crossing the Bridge. See how they shine! To shine is to ascend or bloom into Higher radiant consciousness.

    If you need a friend
    I'm sailing right behind

    This "Bridge" is also your "friend". Your Higher Self has always been and always will be your "Friend". It will never leave you nor forsake you. Therefore, when you need a "friend" your inner LIGHT is always there... always traveling with you.

    Like a bridge over troubled water
    I will ease your mind
    Like a bridge over troubled water
    I will ease your mind

    The lower earth-bound "mind" is the source of all sorrow. This is standard knowledge among the ancient wisdom writings of the world. This is what all main religions of the world metaphorically point to. This is the core teaching of them all. When we realize our Higher Self (Bridge), we finally become "awakened" or "liberated" or "enlightened" or "saved". Our "minds" have been "eased" to say the least!

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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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    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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