"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." - Paul Simon
''At the time I didn’t think it was about a spiritual experience. It would have been something I recognized later but I didn’t know it then. To write something that effortlessly and that quickly is a very unusual kind of inspiration. It’s happened to me a few times in my writing career and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” is one of the notable examples of that. It was definitely one of those experiences that separated itself from the rest of my writing.'' - Paul Simon
''Elvis sang it well, but it would have been nice to hear him do it gospel because he did so many gospel albums and was a good white gospel singer. He didn't really add anything to the song. It's not nearly as significant as the Aretha Franklin recording. It's just a pleasure for me that Elvis Presley recorded one of my songs before he died." - Paul Simon
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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