Song Lyric Sunday: Bridge Over Troubled Water

According to newepicauthor, this week’s theme is “water under the bridge.” I have the perfect song, one of my favorites. It was on one of the first eight-track tapes I had as a kid.

During the seven years I was married to Bill before he died, he was my bridge over troubled water, even after he suffered his strokes. Whenever I was frightened, sad, angry, I would go to him. He would hold me, and although there wasn’t much else he could do, I felt everything would work out in the end, and it usually did. You can read more about us in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds. I hope you’ve found someone who can be your bridge over troubled water.

Bridge over Troubled WaterSimon & Garfunkel

Lyrics Courtesy of Google


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
Songwriters: Paul Simon
Bridge over Troubled Water lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group


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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at:

17 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Bridge Over Troubled Water”

  1. I’ve always loved all their songs, and this one is one of my favorites too. It speaks to my life for sure. Beautiful and so nice of you to share your beautiful memories as well. My significant other is having some life-threatening situations to deal with right now, not as bad as your husband, but bad enough, and whenever I am afraid or so sad, he comforts me in the same way. It is good to have these things to remember.

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      1. We are lucky to have had these men in our lives, for what we have had is true love. It is not the kind of love based on just how cute or handsome a person is, or what fun things we can do together, but learning to stay with them even when they have needs such as those of your husband and my dear one too. To me, this is true love. You stick it out together and make of it what is possible, and we are grateful for each and every minute we have with them. Thank you so much for your writing. You are very inspirational. Hugs, Anne

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  2. Reblogged this on Campbells World and commented:
    I’m reblogging this again today because yesterday my computer had some kind of weird issue and screwed up the post.
    This post is topic specific, let’s stick to that when commenting.
    Please visit Abbie’s blog to comment and share.


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