Monday, June 18, 2012

My Bridge

Yesterday while I was driving my car, I heard Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water and I was pleased as I heard the first few bars because I have always loved the song.  Mostly, it is the musical arrangement and instrumentation that I have liked so well.  I knew  most of the words, but had never really related to them.  As I mentioned in my last post, Metaphor, I think I have mostly had the wind at my back during my life and it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma that a  big storm arose and I entered into “troubled water.”

I found myself, for some reason, intently listening to the lyrics of the song and it brought me to tears.   As the tears streamed down my face, I realized that my hero and husband of many years, Brent, could have written those words.  He has been my Bridge Over Troubled Water throughout this ordeal. The lyrics of the chorus say, “I will lay me down, like a bridge over troubled water…”  and I feel like that is exactly what he has done for me.  

Even the words, “Sail on silver girl,”  relate to my story of living life with the wind at my back.  It may be that Brent is the wind at my back, always encouraging and loving me.
Coincidentally, Paul Simon wrote this song in 1969, the same year we were married.  Little did I know  as I enjoyed this song in the early years of our marriage that the lyrics would someday come true.  I am, indeed, a fortunate woman. We will be celebrating our 43rd anniversary on June 28th.

Happy Anniversary Brent!
I love you . . .

Lyrics to Bridge Over Troubled Water by Paul Simon, 1969


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
When 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 comments:

  1. Hi, Carole, my wonderful husband and I were also married in 1969. We're lucky ladies, aren't we?
    I've always loved Simon and Garfunkel - especially Bridge Over Troubled Waters because of the thoughtful lyrics and Cecilia because it makes me laugh! Happy Anniversary from a fellow 43 (Feb.1). Lovey

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    1. Happy Belated 43rd Anniversary to you! 1969 must have been a very good year. Cecilia is one of my daughter's favorite songs. :)

      Fondly,
      Carole Leigh

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  2. You just brought tears to my eyes, honey. I'll never hear that song the same way again! xoxo

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    1. I know I will never hear that song the same way again either. Tears will be flowing. xoxox

      Love,
      Carole Leigh

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  3. What a wonderful tribute to your husband and caregiver...a picture of what marriage is all about. I bet you would be his bridge over troubled water as well! Happy Anniversary and thank you for helping us to enjoy this awesome song in a whole new way!

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  4. Thank you for your kind words,Linda. I only hope I could be the bridge he has been. He has set such a fine example.
    Best regards,
    Carole Leigh

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  5. What a beautiful tribute, Carole Leigh. This song is such a perfect one to express all that someone needs when going through the troubling times. Happy Anniversary!

    Sail on silver girl
    Sail on by
    Your time has come to shine
    All your dreams are on their way
    See how they shine

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    1. Thank you, Lynn! :)
      Love,
      Carole Leigh

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    1. Alena,
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