Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Monumental Soundbyte - 36

Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water

What a song. Its amazing that some of the most beautiful songs have sad/interesting stories behind them. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel made a very dynamic and successful team and recorded 5 albums together. This song is from their final album together.

For a very long time, i thought this song was just by Garfunkel as he is the only one that sings on this song. After reading a story on Paul Simon, i realised that there was more to this song than the haunting melody and simple but beautiful words.

Paul Simon wrote this song and Garfunkel performed it and this song served to thrust Garfunkel into the limelight. I think its rather symbolic that this song has sounds of rain and thunder towards the end. Paul Simon has said over and over that he regrets allowing Garfunkel to perform this song as a solo.

The song won a couple of Grammys and is one of the most covered songs of our time. Artists like Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Eva Cassidy, Ms Houston and even Bebe & Cece Winans havedone their thing with this song as well.

The words just hit me smack in the face and in that part of me that still believes in undying love; thats how powerful they are:

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

Fabulous. Enjoy!

3 comments:

daddy's girl said...

Wonderful song and definitely monumental - I like the original version best.

Nyemoni said...

Beautiful song Uzo, good choice for the day!

Soul said...

yes yes yes.
I think Paul simon and art garfunkel are amazing! one of the best partnerships ever.
all the old school acts covered it too..
bette Midler, Barbera streisand.. I really love the bette midler and the aretha franklin cover...
I think i've heard luther do a version, but I'll have to check the archives.

sigh.. this is why I love music...
too beautiful