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Bridge Over Troubled Water


Paul Simon wrote Bridge Over Troubled Water in his house on Blue Jay Way in Los Angeles - the same house that inspired George Harrison to write Blue Jay Way. In the studio, Art Gurfunkel added a third verse. Simon and Gurfunkel's recording of Brigde Over Troubled Water (Columbia 33178) sold over five million copies and was the number one song of 1970. It reached the top of both the Hot 100 chart and the Easy-Listening chart. Grammys were awarded for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Contemporary Song. In 1971 Aretha Franklin topped the rhythm & blues chart with her version of the song (Atlantic 2796). That same year, Buck Owens reached #9 on the country chart with his rendition (Capitol 3023).

Elvis recorded Bridge Over Troubled Water at RCA's Nashville studios on June 5, 1970. The 1970 documentary Elvis - That's The Way It Is featured Elvis singing the song in an early August 1970 rehearsal at the International Hotel in Las Vegas and during an August 13 performance in concert. The soundtrack LP for that film, however, used the studio recording with overdubbed applause. An April 14, 1972, performance in Greensboro, North Carolina, was used in the 1972 documentary Elvis On Tour.


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
Oh, like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down
Oh, 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 the darkness falls 
And pain is all around
Yeah, like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down
Oh, 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
Yeah, like a bridge over troubled water
I, I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Where it was released:
First released on the album That's The Way It Is 
- That's The Way It Is (1970) 
- Greatest Moments in Music (1979) 
 That's The Way It Is (1981) 
- Heart And Soul (1995)
- Walk A Mile In My Shoes - The Essential 70's Masters (1995)
- Forever In Love (1997)
- Platinum - A Life In Music (1997) 
- A Touch Of Platinum, Volume 2 (1998)
- Elvis, The Concert (1999)
- That's The Way It Is, Special Edition (2000) 
- One Night In Vegas (2000) - FTD 
- The Gospel Songs (2001) - Green Hill
- Live in Las Vegas (2001) 
- Dixieland Rocks (2001) - FTD 
- Junichiro Koizumi Presents My Favourite Elvis Songs (2001)
- Spring Tours '77 (2002) - FTD 
- The Nashville Marathon (2002) - FTD 
- Heart And Soul (2003)
- Dragonheart (2003) - FTD 
- Takin' Tahoe Tonight! (2003) - FTD 
- Closing Night (2004)  FTD 
- Big Boss Man (2005) - FTD 
- Southern Nights (2006)  FTD 
- An American Trilogy (2007)  FTD 
- That's the Way It Is (2008) - FTD 
- Nevada Nights (2008) - FTD 
- The Wonder of You (2009) 
- High Sierra (2010) - FTD 
- Elvis as Recorded at Boston Garden '71 (2010) - FTD 
 Stage Rehearsal (2011) - FTD 
- Fashion for a King (2011) - FTD 
- Another Saturday Night (2012) - FTD 
 Elvis From Hawaii to Las Vegas (2012) - FTD 
 Sold Out! (2013) - FTD 
- Taking Care of Business (2016) - FTD 
 His Songs of Praise, Volume 1 (2016) - FTD 
 Las Vegas '74 (2017) - FTD 
 Elvis at Madison Square Garden (2017) - FTD 
 Lake Tahoe '74 (2017) - FTD 
 Omaha, Nebraska '74 (2018) - FTD 
 That's The Way It Is - 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition (2020) - FTD 

Bootleg Releases:
- Big Boss Man (1974)  no label
- Elvis On Tour (1980)  Amiga Records
- The Hillbilly Cat "Live" (1974)  Brookville Records
- The King: From The Dark to the Light (1974)  Tiger Records
- King of Las Vegas Live (1973)  Hazbin / Wizardo Records
- The Last Farewell (1977)  E.P. Records
- The Legend Lives On (1976)  Presley Collection Series
- Superstar Outtakes (1976)  E.P. Records
- That's The Way It Is (1980)  Amiga Records
- The Vegas Years, 1972-1975 (1986)  TAKRL

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