Chords to Bridge Over Troubled Water

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This moving, modern day spiritual was introduced in February 1970. By March of that year it sold a million copies, by April two million copies had been sold by the year's end, sales had reached five million. It won an unprecedented six Grammy awards in 1970 and the album is still one of the best-sellers in music history... Words and music by Paul Simon, 1969.

Bridge Over Troubled Water is the fifth and final studio album by Simon & Garfunkel. Following the duo's soundtrack for The Graduate, Art Garfunkel took an acting role in the film Catch-22, while Paul Simon worked on the songs, writing all tracks except one. http://en.wikipedia.org

This is one of my favorite songs by Paul Simon. I can think of tons more... how about you?

Paul Simon wrote this about providing comfort to a person in need. It started as a modest 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 the sudden. It was one of the most shocking moments in my songwriting career. I remember thinking, 'This is considerably better than I usually write." For more information, visit http://www.songfacts.com



4/4 Time Signature
Moderato, not too fast, like a spiritual

             C       F           C
 When you're weary,        feeling small,
F      Bb    F   C          F             C         F    C     F
 When tears are in your eyes,     i will dry them all;
C     G   Am      G              F    C
 I'm on your side.    when times get rough
C7                  F    D   G
 And friends just can't be found,
C7        F      F#dim  C    A7sus4 A7   F
 Like a bridge over troubled wa-ter
         E7      Am
 I will lay me down.
C7        F      F#dim  C   A7sus4 A7   F
 Like a bridge over troubled wa-ter
         G9  G7  C
 I will lay me down.


 When you're down and out,
                      C     F
 When you're on the street,
        Bb F     C       F
 When eve-ning falls so hard
         C          F    C    F
 I will comfort you.
C       G    Am      G
 I'll take your part.
                 C
 When darkness comes
C7             F  D   G
 And pains is all a-round,

C7        F      F#dim  C    A7sus4 A7   F
 Like a bridge over troubled wa-ter
         E7     Am
 I will lay me down.
C7        F      F#dim  C     Am     F
 Like a bridge over troubled water
         Am  E7  Am   D7
 I will lay me down.

F    Am    F    Fm    C    F

C    F    C    F


            C           F
 Sail on silvergirl,
         C
 Sail on by.
F      Bb   F    C       F
 Your time has come to shine.
            C                  F      C    F
 All your dreams are on their way.
C     G    Am   G
 See how they shine.
          C
 If you need a friend
C7             F    D  G
 I'm sailing right be-hind.
C7        F   Fmaj7 D9  C       Am     F
 Like a bridge over troubled water
         E   E7   Am     D9
 I will ease your mind.
       C     F    Fm    C
 your mind
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             C       F           C
 When you're weary,        feeling small,
F             C          F             C         F    C     F
 When tears are in your eyes,     i will dry them all;
C              G     G                C
 I'm on your side.    when times get rough
C7                  F   D7/F#  G
 And friends just can't be found,
C        F      F#dim  Csus A/G    A7sus   F
 Like a bridge over troubled wa-ter
         E7      Am
 I will lay me down.
C        F      F#dim  Csus   A/G   F
 Like a bridge over troubled wa-ter
         G    C F/C C  F/C C F/C
 I will lay me down.

                 C    F
 When you're down and out,
                      C     F
 When you're on the street,
            C       F
 When eve-ning falls so hard
         C          F    C    F
 I will comfort you.
C             G
 I'll take your part.
                 C
 When darkness comes
C7             F  D7/F#   G
 And pains is all a-round,

C        F      F#dim  Csus A/G    A7sus   F
 Like a bridge over troubled wa-ter
         E7     Am
 I will lay me down.
C        F      F#dim  C/G     Am     F
 Like a bridge over troubled water
         Am/E  E7  Am   D7 C/G
 I will lay me down.

F    Am    F    Fm    C    F

C    F    C    F/C


            C           F
 Sail on silvergirl,
         C
 Sail on by.
F      Bb   F    C       F
 Your time has come to shine.
            C                  F      C    F
 All your dreams are on their way.
C     G    Am   G
 See how they shine.
          C
 If you need a friend
C7             F    D/F#  G
 I'm sailing right be-hind.
C7        F   F#dim C/G       Am     F
 Like a bridge over troubled water
       Am  E      Am     
 I will ease your mind.
 C  C9  F     D/F#  C/G    Am
 Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water
 F  E7  Am  D9  C/G
I will ease your mind 
 
***

Key of D (Bridge Over Troubled Water)

Intro: D D9 G A7 Fdim D G A7 D G D G

        D           G        D            C     G   D       G
   When you're weary. Feeling small. When tears are in your eyes
          D           G  D G D
   I will dry them all.
       A  Bm   A                        D     D/C# D7
   I'm on your side ohhhh when times get rough.
               D9   G     E  A
   And friends just can't be found.
   D7  D9 G      A7 Fdim D       Bsus4 B7  G      F#7    Bm
   Like a bridge over    trouble   water, I will lay me down.
   D7  D9 G      A7 Fdim D       Bsus4 B7  G      A7     D    G D G
   Like a bridge over    trouble   water, I will lay me down.
   D                        G                    D
   When you're down and out.  When you're on the streets yeh.
           C  G    D         G        D            G   D   G  D
   When an evening falls  so hard.  I will comfort you ohhhhh.
        A    Bm   A                        D    D/C# D7
   I'll take your part ohhhh  when darkness comes.
            D9 G    E     A
   And pain is all  around.
   D7  D9 G      A7 Fdim D       Bsus4  Bm G      F#7    Bm
   Like a bridge over    trouble   water, I will lay me down.
   D7  D9 G      A7 Fdim D       Bm     G      Bm F#7 Bm
   Like a bridge over    trouble water, I will lay me down.

   E7 D G G1 Gm D G D G
           D           G         D    G
   Sail on silver girl.  Sail on by.
        C    G   D        G
   Your time has come  to shine.
            D                      G D G
   All your dreams are on their way.
       A   Bm   A                       D             D/C# D7
   See how they shine ohhhhh and if you need a friend.
          D9   G     E    A
   I'm sailing right behind.
   D7  D9 G      A7 Fdim D       Bm     G      Bm   F#7  Bm
   Like a bridge over    trouble water, I will ease your mind.
   D7  D9 G    Gmaj7 E7 D     Bm     G      F#7       Bm
   Like a bridge over trouble water, I will ease your mind.

   E9 E D G G1 Gm D
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***

Key of Eb

           Eb
When you're weary

Ab       |Eb   |
  Feeling small

Ab     Db    Ab |Eb     |Ab
  When tears are in your eyes

      |Eb          Ab|Eb Ab|
I will dry them all


Eb    Bb Cm  |Bb  |
  I'm on your side

                  |Eb   Eb/D|
Oh, when times get rough

Eb7                |Ab    F |Bb
   And friends just can't be found

Eb7  Eb9|Ab      Adim|Eb/Bb    C7   |
Like a   bridge over  troubled water

Ab       G7    |Cm
  I will lay me down

Eb7  Eb9|Ab      Adim|Eb/Bb    C7   |
Like a   bridge over  troubled water

Ab       Bb  Bb7|Eb  |Ab |Eb |Ab |Eb |
  I will lay me  down


           |Eb          |
When you're down and out

Ab                  |Eb    |
  When you're on the street

Ab     Db A b |Eb      |Ab
  When evening falls so hard

      |Eb         Ab|Eb Ab|
I will comfort you


Eb     Bb   Cm  |Bb   |
  I'll take your part,

                 |Eb   Eb/D|
Oh, when darkness comes

Eb7           |Ab  F|Bb
   And pain is all a-round


Eb7  Eb9|Ab      Adim|Eb/Bb    C7   |
Like a   bridge over  troubled water

Ab       G7    |Cm
  I will lay me down

Eb7  Eb9|Ab      Adim|Eb/Bb    Cm   |
Like a   bridge over  troubled water

Ab       Cm/G G   Cm  |F7 |Eb |Ab Cm|Ab Abm|Eb |Ab |Eb |Ab |Eb |
  I will lay  me  down


Ab       |Eb          |
  Sail on Silver Girl,

Ab       |Eb |
  Sail on by

Ab     Db   Ab |Eb     |Ab
  Your time has come to shine

        |Eb                  Ab |Eb Ab|
All your dreams are on their way


Eb    Bb  Cm  |Bb   |
  See how they shine

          |Eb     Eb/D  |
Oh, if you need a friend

Eb7           |Ab    F|Bb
   I'm sailing right behind


Eb7  Eb9|Ab      Adim|Eb/Bb    Cm   |
Like a   bridge over  troubled water

Ab       Cm/G G   |Cm
  I will ease your mind

Eb7  Eb9|Ab      F7 |Eb/Bb    Cm   |
Like a   bridge over troubled water

Ab       G7        Cm  |F9 Fmaj9|Eb/Bb |Ab | Abm|Eb |
  I will ease your mind
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