Day 30 — Man in the Mirror

For today’s 30-Day Song Challenge, the very last one in this series, we are asked for “a song that reminds you of yourself.”

Actually, two songs came to mind. One is Paul Simon’s “I Am a Rock,” and the other is Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.”

In the case of Paul Simon’s song, I have always been a kind of aloof, distant person who protects myself from hurt and pain by building walls around me. Perhaps that explains why I blog anonymously. But as in the Michael Jackson song, I have, over the years, taken a good, hard look at myself in the mirror and discovered that I am capable of changing and have changed. I can tear down that protective wall and take the risk of hurt and disappointed for the sake of being more open to and with the people who are most important to me. But, that said, I’m not going to stop blogging anonymously.

So, with that in mind, I’m going to share both songs.

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