By | Jan 20, 2015

For the first time in a long time while listening to the Simon and Garfunkel song “Bridge Over Troubled Water” I sat and really listened to the lyrics. The song seems to be to be about friendship and how a dear friend can help you get by.

“If you need a friend
I’m sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled waters
I will ease your mind”
Paul Simon

It became Simon and Garfunkel’s best selling song, saying at Number One on the Billboard Charts for six weeks before being knocked out of top spot by a very similar song, “Let It Be”by the Beatles. It also won the 1970 Grammy Award for Song of The Year.

The idea of friendship carried over for another year with James Taylor’s version of Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend” winning the Song of the Year for 1971.

Even though Carole King had released an album and was well known as a composer, she had been part of James Taylor tour as a band mate. In Early 1971 they were both recording albums, King’s “Tapestry” and Taylor’s “Mud Slide Slim”. Often in the studio together.

Taylor and King both recorded the song, but it was Taylor’s version that was released as a single. It reached Number One in July of 1971 and was Taylor’s only Number One.

“You’ve Got a Friend” really shows true sign of friendship in many ways.

Nothing is really more valuable than friendship.

“You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah,
you’ve got a friend.”
Carole King

Photo: Friendship by SG Atkinson

Photo: Friendship by SG Atkinson


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