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“I Will Ease Your Mind”

I recently was driving down the road and a song came on the radio that I had not heard in a long, long time.  The song:  Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel.  I have always loved the song and it has always been comforting but never knew the story behind it.  The lyrics are:

 

When you’re weary, feeling small, When tears are in your eyes
I will dry them 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
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

 

Paul Simon wrote this about providing comfort to a person in need.  It started as a gospel hymn but
became more dramatic as he put it together.  Speaking in the documentary The Making of Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon said, “I have no idea where it came from.  It came all of a sudden.  It was one of the most shocking moments in my songwriting career.  I remember thinking, ‘This is considerably better than I usually write.”

Simon wrote this song on guitar, considered the song “a little hymn” and then it took about two days to come up with the piano part, which was played by Larry Knechtel, who later joined the soft rock group Bread.  Knechtel had a background in gospel music and was able to come up with the gospel piano sound they were looking for.

On another note, the song originally was only two verses, but a third verse was added.  The line “Sail on, silver girl” is often reputed to refer to a needle (meaning the song is about heroin) but it actually refers to Simon’s girlfriend (and later wife) Peggy Harper who found a few gray hairs and was upset.  The lyric was meant as a joke – Simon calling her “Silver Girl” because of her hair.  Thus it was Paul Simon’s “little hymn.”

Jesus is our bridge over troubled water and he laid his life down for us.  He will wipe away every tear from you eye (Revelation 21:4) and will never forsake us or leave us (Hebrews 13:5) and proclaims that he is the light of the world and through him there is no darkness (John 8:12).

Please let Jesus be your bridge over troubled water and when you do, your mind and heart will be eased!

Pastor Bud

 

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