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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 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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    UnregisteredJan 4, 2014 at 5:02 am
    In my comment above I worded it "I thought of the feeling of getting older" and I related it to me and how it spoke to me. I too read where it said it started out as a "tiny hymn". I believe that and from reading these comments I know some don't. I purposely didn't say it means a certain thing. It just related to me in a certain way. It's strange how when you mention God, some get bothered. There really isn't any reason to though. I don't want to sing it any other way but about God. Audrey Assad sings this on YouTube. That's the version I love it relates to how I feel about God.
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    UnregisteredDec 31, 2013 at 4:50 pm
    When I listened to the "silver girl" part I thought of the feeling of getting older like it's too late for me it reminds me of pushing that lie away and In God knowing we can push "aging" out of our way. I believe it's what the Bible refers to as "treading on serpents" the thought or feeling that your too old will stop you from everything! If the serpent or devil talked to Adam and even to Jesus, wouldn't he also speak to us often it's good to get that under our feet!
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    UnregisteredMar 19, 2012 at 12:44 am
    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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    UnregisteredMar 17, 2012 at 9:29 pm
    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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    UnregisteredFeb 26, 2012 at 1:20 am
    God is speaking to a man who is dying... "when darkness comes, and pain is all around"... He will be a bridge over troubled water. The wife left behind is the silver girl. God is reassuring her that he will comfort her. It is her time to show what her faith can do after her husband passes.

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