Bridge over troubled water

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  • We sing “Like a bridge over troubled water” 6 times, twice at the end of all three verses.
  • The first three “Like a bridge over troubled water” sections are the same, just with some differences on “I will lay me down”
  • The forth and fifth “Like a bridge over troubled water” sections are also the same as each other (but different to the first three)
  • The sixth and final “Like a bridge over troubled water is different and higher”
  • In summary: The first three “water” are long, then second three “water” are short. Verse 1 is long, long. Verse 2 is long, short. Verse 3 is short, short.
  • In the first 2 verses after “Like a bridge over troubled water” we sing “I will lay me down” but in the third verse we sing “I will ease your mind”

Verse 1

Like a bridge … Bars 23-31

Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down (repeat)
  • Both “Like a bridge over troubled water” sections are the same, only “I will lay me down” is different on the repeat.
  • “lay me down” the first time is a repeated note

Verse 2

Like a bridge … Bars 51-60

Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down (repeat)
  • Bars 50-55, the first “Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down” is exactly the same as the bars 23-27 from the first verse with a repeated note for “lay me down”
  • In this second verse the first water (bar 53) is long (wa-ter-ter), then the second water (bar 57) is short, like the rest of the sections and we go up instead of down like we did for the first three
  • The second “down”, the last word when repeated in bar 59-60 is longer and has a twiddle

Verse 3

Like a bridge … bars 84-97

Like a bridge over troubled water I will ease your mind (repeat), your mind, ease your mind
  • The first “Like a bridge over troubled water I will ease your mind” (bars 84-88) are exactly the same notes as the second “Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down (bars 55-59) from the previous verse
  • Go higher for the second and final “Like a bridge …”