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Bridge Over Troubled Water; Simon&Garfunkle, a 43 y/o recording, STILL gently powerful
July, 17, 2013 | lee martell

Posted on 07/17/2013 7:20:08 PM PDT by lee martell

That song came into my head today for no good reason. I was much younger back when it was released in 1970. The recording still resonates today. I say recording, and not just the song, which was beautifully written. In fact, Paul Simon (formerly married to Carrie Fisher) said that there are times when he considers this one the best song he ever wrote. The song starts in a subtle way, like little waves lapping on the shore. There is gospel styling of the lead piano, a promenade becomes a dirge. Then the soaring tenor of Art Garfunkle. Simon asked for Art to sing the lead, he now regrets it, but that is how it was probably meant to be presented. Every adult can identify a little with the purposely vague and esoteric tone. I listened to the song on my cell phone right before I went into the local gym to do my "War on Fat" exercises.This was the first time in about thirty years that I really, really walked along with this song, listening to it, allowing the song to lead me in some musical manner. I'm glad I did not listen to this song for the first time in 30 years through my earphones while I satinside the gym on a stationary bike. The other folks might wonder why I had this stunned expression on my face, or why I had to keep wiping my eyes. Go ahead and laugh at my melodrama, ha, ha, ha. If you ever liked Simon and Garfunkle back then, YOU take the dare and really listen to the musical structures and production techniques and the crescendos,(production based on some Phil Spector innovations) then describe to yourself how you feel. And that, ladies and gentlemen is what you call talent!


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: garfunkel; ibtz; libtards; music; newbiecantspell; simon; songs; vanity
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1 posted on 07/17/2013 7:20:08 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell

You had, what, 43 years to learn to spell your “Garfunkle’s” name! FAIL!


2 posted on 07/17/2013 7:23:28 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: lee martell
as I recall, that song competed with the "Revolution" by the Beatles...it should have been an even bigger hit.....

thinking lately that Paul Simon is a genius in music...

3 posted on 07/17/2013 7:24:01 PM PDT by cherry
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To: lee martell

I just knew your second sentence was wrong. But lo and behold - Wikipedia says you’re right.

I woulda bet money this song was from before 1970.


4 posted on 07/17/2013 7:24:44 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: lee martell

Doesn’t rate a vanity. Especially from a n00b who signed on last month.


5 posted on 07/17/2013 7:24:53 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: lee martell

I think I’d better start a vanity about Bobby Vinton’s “Roses Are Red”. Whoever wrote it, I think is a “genius”.


6 posted on 07/17/2013 7:26:42 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Live from 1969.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYKJuDxYr3I


7 posted on 07/17/2013 7:27:32 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: lee martell

I dated a little girl back in the Summer of 1970. She was cute and smart but now that I look back on it, I don’t see what I saw in her back then.

One thing I do remember about her was “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” was her favorite song. She later became President of Chi Omega at Mississippi State or at least that is what one of their football players told me.


8 posted on 07/17/2013 7:28:34 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: lee martell
This is my favorite tune by Simon & Garfunkle, recording under the name Tom & Jerry. It nosed into the Billboard Hot 100 during the last week of 1957 and climbed to #54.

Hey, School Girl--Tom & Jerry

9 posted on 07/17/2013 7:28:52 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: lee martell

Great song. Now I’ll have to find a YouTube and listen to the song. Next time include a link please ;)


10 posted on 07/17/2013 7:29:54 PM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic
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To: yarddog

My favorite was by Simon, “Kodachrome”. A really swinging song.


11 posted on 07/17/2013 7:30:04 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: lee martell

The ONLY album I ever received as a gift was a Simon & Garfunkel from my ex-h....both long gone...but, they were my favorite when I was 18...and still in the top few...


12 posted on 07/17/2013 7:30:55 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: goodnesswins

OK, so I’m right - a little - after all.

Wikipedia goes on to say....”The single was released on January 26, 1970” and “Simon wrote the song in the summer of 1969 while Garfunkel was filming Catch-22 in Europe.”


13 posted on 07/17/2013 7:31:28 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: LuvFreeRepublic

see post 7


14 posted on 07/17/2013 7:31:41 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: yarddog
I dated a little girl

How little was she, you prevert?


15 posted on 07/17/2013 7:32:52 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: lee martell
You and I apparently share being awed by really great music. Nice post.
16 posted on 07/17/2013 7:33:14 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridge_over_Troubled_Water_(song)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUd71o9nWGM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I4IvBUo8b8

https://www.youtube.com/results?q=flight+of+the+conchords+garfunkel


17 posted on 07/17/2013 7:33:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: lee martell

YES...and I liked them much more than the BEATLES!!! (And, I was told I looked like Paul McCartney....being a young woman, I did NOT take that as a compliment, but the gal was a Beatle crazy girl.)


18 posted on 07/17/2013 7:34:59 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Revolting cat!

You are correct, the name Garfunkel is spelled differently than I had thought. Thank you.


19 posted on 07/17/2013 7:35:12 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell
Nice to see that some of the S&G songs are being re-recorded by modern artists.

I especially like the Mumford and Sons version of “The Boxer”.

20 posted on 07/17/2013 7:35:22 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: lee martell; Revolting cat!

There’s no love these days for songs like What The World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9unK5-3ehiY

Gotta get up all in people’s grill and shout, yo! dawg! send in some b!ches and go to the cluuuuuuub.

Jump Jump! Jump Jump!

Sqwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeee durrrrrr dubstep dubstep.

Music is sh!t today on radio, television, and movies.


21 posted on 07/17/2013 7:36:02 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: goodnesswins

Lol, thanks.


22 posted on 07/17/2013 7:37:31 PM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic
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To: goodnesswins
I was told I looked like Paul McCartney...

Oh, Hello Stanley! Proud of your son?


23 posted on 07/17/2013 7:38:44 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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S & G favorite from that album:

The Boxer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3LFML_pxlY


24 posted on 07/17/2013 7:41:10 PM PDT by viaveritasvita ("The One who reigns forever, He is a Friend of mine, the G-d of angel armies is always by my side.")
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To: Revolting cat!

I think she was a year younger than me but by little, I mean she was 5’1”. I was 6’3”.


25 posted on 07/17/2013 7:42:45 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: cherry
as I recall, that song competed with the "Revolution" by the Beatles..

In the fall of 1969, I brought my reel-to-reel tape recorder to my college dormitory and suddenly became quite popular. At the time, there was a rumor that Paul McCartney was dead and that the Beatles' recording of "Revolution #9" would provide clues about his death if played backwards. With my device, I could play the tune backwards after recording it.

Indeed, the expression "number nine," which was repeated throughout the tune sounded sort of like "turn me on, dead man" when played backwards, but that was the only clue that we found. In any case, McCartney showed up in the media very much alive soon afterwards.

26 posted on 07/17/2013 7:45:44 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: a fool in paradise
There’s no love these days for songs like...

Then listen to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=458l7AEvim8

27 posted on 07/17/2013 7:47:33 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Guess who’s coming for (your)dinner, and dessert, and maybe some breakfast too.


28 posted on 07/17/2013 7:47:55 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell

Nice to see S&G, my all-time favorite musicians with The Who, getting some love on FR!! Proud to say I was at the concert in Central Park in 1986 and saw Paul at the Hard Rock in Florida lately. What a great concert! Played for 2 hours without a break at age 70+! The first winner of the George Gershwin award for popular songwriting.

And you never saw him in any major scandal. Always kept a sane head on his shoulders even as a liberal; never went overboard like so many of his peers.

I hope to see him in concert again.


29 posted on 07/17/2013 7:49:30 PM PDT by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: a fool in paradise

Artie Garfunkel, doper, once walked, yes, walked, across these continental United States. (As did Werner Herzog, film director.)


30 posted on 07/17/2013 7:52:15 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: lee martell

I’m a big Paul Simon fan, but this song demands a singer with a powerful voice. Simon has or had a good voice, but it was simply not strong enough to carry the emotional power of the song. Garfunkel had that voice to do the song justice.


31 posted on 07/17/2013 7:52:44 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Revolting cat!

But only Werner Herzog ate his shoe.


32 posted on 07/17/2013 7:54:58 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: LRoggy

Saw Simon in concert for the first time two years ago. The concert was held the day after Bin Laden was killed. I know Simon’s a big lib, but right at the start of concert, he said he was glad justice was finally done. Plus the rest of the concert was excellent. His newest songs aren’t nearly as good as his old ones, but fortunately he sang mostly his old hits.


33 posted on 07/17/2013 7:55:45 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: yarddog
My favorite was by Simon, “Kodachrome”. A really swinging song.

Ah, Kodachrome, a sentimental favorite of mine--it was playing on the radio the moment I parked my car in front of my family's home, to which I had returned after successfully completing four years of college. However, there's another song that was moving up the charts at the time that I like even better:

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B)--The Andrews Sisters (1973)

34 posted on 07/17/2013 7:56:14 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Nervous Tick; lee martell
Doesn’t rate a vanity.

YOU are absolutely correct. Breaks over. OK people, let's get back to the lies, the hate, the fear, the spying, the killing...

35 posted on 07/17/2013 7:56:59 PM PDT by bigheadfred (barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: bigheadfred
let's get back to the lies

Don't you have enough lies on this thread?

36 posted on 07/17/2013 7:59:07 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: goodnesswins
I don't like the Beatles. I love Simon and Garfunkel. Mrs. Robinson, Parsley Sage Rosemary and Twine. I love them all.
37 posted on 07/17/2013 7:59:24 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: Revolting cat!

brag brag brag


38 posted on 07/17/2013 7:59:46 PM PDT by bigheadfred (barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: dandiegirl
Twine? Your very own entry to one of the Misheard Lyrics forums.


39 posted on 07/17/2013 8:01:42 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: yarddog
now that I look back on it, I don’t see what I saw in her back then.

Hormones my friend. A lot more powerful than we realized at the time.

Besides, when you are young you're still trying to figure out just what you really want in the opposite sex. Besides sex, of course. That's a given.

40 posted on 07/17/2013 8:02:25 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: lee martell

I was an S & G addict in late 60’s - 70’s, and so many of their pieces have incredible musical nuances and harmonies and still hit me today as they did then (I’m a guitarist).

Sounds of Silence is still one of my fav pieces.

Yes, Bridge Over Troubled Waters is their highpoint. It’s really a spiritual song with the deepest meaning for Christians about the love of God.

Have their Greatest Hits CD.

There will never be anyone like them.


41 posted on 07/17/2013 8:03:17 PM PDT by Arlis (.)
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To: Fiji Hill

IMO the perfect rock and roll song has already been written.

“American Pie”. It is just chock full of hidden meaning and you know they really do mean something, not just odds and ends thrown into a song to make people guess, and the writer has no idea what they mean.


42 posted on 07/17/2013 8:07:14 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: lee martell

Yes, I understand; wiping my eyes a bit too. It was in 1970 that I contracted an illness that progressively took away my hearing. Today, I have only 5% left, and the biggest thing I miss (next to hearing my husband and children speak) is music. But I well remember the tune of this song (and all the other incredible music of that time); it was gorgeous. I remember the lyrics, too, and I thank you for posting!!


43 posted on 07/17/2013 8:07:22 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: lee martell

FULL DISCLOSURE: (For what it’s worth)

In recent years, I got over S&G, finding them after after all this time whiny, kind of New York Jew whiny, like Carole King in her solo career. “You’ve go a friend”, Oy, vey. Jackson Browne (L.A. whine.) Flame me if it’ll make you feel better.


44 posted on 07/17/2013 8:08:39 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: lee martell
Art's voice range was what put that song on the charts. Simon is a great song writer but Art had the voice especially for that song.

Their last song together I think was The Only Living Boy In New York. The back up vocals are by different singers they knew that stopped in the studio the day they were recording it. The next day I think I read somewhere Art was going to Mexico to be in a movie. Thus the opening lines "Tom get your plane right time. I know you'll part will go fine. Fly down to Mexico..."

45 posted on 07/17/2013 8:11:34 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: Revolting cat!
I think I’d better start a vanity about Bobby Vinton’s “Roses Are Red”. Whoever wrote it, I think is a “genius”

I like this version:

A long, long time ago, on Graduation Day,
You handed me your book, I signed this way:

Jane Fonda's red, my love,
Violets are blue.
Stalin is dead, my love,
I wish that she were, too.

We dated through high school, and when the big day came,
I wrote into your book next to my name:

Jane Fonda's red, my love,
Violets are blue.
Stalin is dead, my love,
I wish that she were, too.

Then I went far away, and you found someone new.
I read your letter, dear, and I wrote back to you:

Jane Fonda's red, my love,
Violets are blue.
Stalin is dead, my love,
I wish that you were, too.

Is that your little girl? She doesn't look at all like Jane.
Some day, some boy will write next to her name:

Jane Fonda's red, my love,
Violets are blue.
Stalin is dead, my love,
I'm glad that she is, too.


46 posted on 07/17/2013 8:11:45 PM PDT by Taft in '52
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To: Revolting cat!

I think people mishear that lyric all the thyme.


47 posted on 07/17/2013 8:12:53 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: Revolting cat!
It must be Twine Time!
48 posted on 07/17/2013 8:15:35 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: lee martell
Even The Coolies Dig it!


49 posted on 07/17/2013 8:15:48 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Fiji Hill

They took his Kodachrome away in 2009 and its processing ended in 2010.


50 posted on 07/17/2013 8:19:28 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ("We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.")
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