EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘Bridge Over Troubled water’ – Simon & Garfunkel

What was the number one song in the UK on 28th March 1970?

American duo Simon & Garfunkel, got to number one with Bridge Over Troubled Water for 3 weeks.

Well now, Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water is considered their signature tune and for good reason. It reached number one in 5 different countries across the word and reached the top five in 8. It has sold over 6 million copies worldwide and has won a series of accolades. It is also one of the most covered songs ever. It is an incredibly affecting song. A tearjerker indeed accentuated by Garfunkel’s (as Simon described) “white choir boy” vocal performance. Interestingly, is was Simon that wanted Garfunkel to sing the song as a solo whereas Garfunkel thought it would be better if Simon sang it. I think it works perfectly with Garfunkel alone accompanied with a piano, it creates poignant, emotional atmosphere. Bridge Over Troubled Water is of course, one of the most beautiful songs ever written. I can’t listen to it without feeling emotional, yet strangely simultaneously comforted by it. It’s poignancy was relived recently when it was covered to raise money for the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Lyrics

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

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