Song Lyric Sunday — I Will Comfort You

When I saw that today’s prompt for Song Lyric Sunday was the word “comfort,” it was a no brainer. Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was it.

“Bridge over Troubled Water” is the title track on Simon & Garfunkel’s fifth (and final) studio album, Bridge over Troubled Water, which was released in 1970. Composed by singer-songwriter Paul Simon, the song is performed on piano and carries the influence of gospel music.

The song became Simon & Garfunkel’s biggest hit single, and it is often considered to be their signature song. It was a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks. It won five awards at the 13th Annual Grammy Awards in 1971, including Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Now I’m not really an emotional guy. I’m generally very stoic, somewhat detached, and mostly unflappable. But the first time I heard that song, listening to the lyrics and the way the music built up to an amazing crescendo, something unusual happened. Instead of maintaining my normally cool as a cucumber demeanor, my eyes were starting to tear up and then overflow until the tears streamed down my cheeks.

When the song ended, I was crying like a little girl. Never before had a song had such a strong emotional impact upon me. I was totally blown away. Of course, I was more than a little stoned at the time, and that may have intensified my response to the song.

Here are the lyrics:

When you’re weary, feeling small
When tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all (all)
I’m on your side, oh, 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 (ooo)
I’ll take your part, oh, 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
Oh, 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

10 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — I Will Comfort You

  1. pensitivity101 January 21, 2018 / 3:51 am

    This is one of the regular pieces I used to play, including at my sister’s wedding in 1972.
    My mother loved Connie Stevens’ version, and when the original Pop Stars series was televised (Hearsay were formed as a result with Liberty X as the other band put together) it was on their debut album having been a testing piece for all contestant to check out harmonies.
    It is indeed a soul felt classic (as he’s He ain’t Heavy by the Hollies).

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    • Fandango January 21, 2018 / 7:36 am

      It does that (lump in throat) to me every time I hear it.


  2. newepicauthor January 21, 2018 / 7:23 am

    That happens to me all the time, music is an influential moving catalyst and sometimes when I hear a song being played, it triggers such a powerfully visceral emotional response that I instantly start to get goosebumps, I get all choked up and before you know it, tears are streaming down my face.

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    • Fandango January 21, 2018 / 7:39 am

      There are several songs that do that for me, but this one is probably the one that, even today, gets me all verklempt.

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    • Fandango January 21, 2018 / 7:41 am

      Yes, back in September for a WordPress one-word prompt. Good memory, Sight.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Helen Vahdati January 21, 2018 / 11:26 am

    This song has never lost its impact. It always gives me chills and it always makes me cry. The piano is breathtaking and the lyrics are simply beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  4. herheadache January 22, 2018 / 5:04 am

    Oh, I am weary alright.

    A bridge is a comforting symbol. Classic for sure.

    Liked by 1 person

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