If you need a friend,
I'm sailing right behind,
Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water
It's a song that is an affirmation of love, it's about being there and offering comfort and guidance to someone when the road gets rough.
Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water,
I will ease your mind.
In this final verse the music reaches an all encompassing pitch, your surrounded and enveloped in this wall of sound that is uplifting. Simon had written the song with Art Garfunkel handling the lead vocals, in the final verse Simon harmonises with but the final stanza is Garfunkel's to occupy. The song features the L.A based Wrecking Crew session players, drummer Hal Blaine, Joe Osborn and Larry Knetchel. It was my initial understanding that Nashville based guitarist Fred Carter played guitar on the track which I think is correct. Carter had started his career with Dale Hawkins in 1957, he also worked with Ronnie Hawkins and Conway Twitty before settling for a session career. Larry Knetchel went on to play with Bread, Joe Osborn had started his career with close friend Johnny Rivers, and most hits recorded in L.A featured the hammer Hal Blaine on drums. The recording of the album had caused some friction between the duo, Garfunkel had spent time filming the Mike Nichols movie Catch 22 which delayed recording sessions.
Something that is lost in popular music today is the ability to marry something insightful and meaningful to music that is lush and dramatic, less is more as a mindset is fine but I love music that has some drama too it not necessarily lyrically but musically it's a tightrope to create something that doesn't step over into syrup.