Standing on the Bridge

While making dinner this evening, I was listening to Conversations from the World Cafe on WBAA. Tonight David Dye was interviewing Elton John. One thing discussed and and played from his CD The Captain and the Kid was the song “The Bridge.”

It’s a powerful song. Both the lyrics and the melody work together to challenge you when you are facing the strong urge to let go and ‘relax’ or ‘take it down a thousand’ or whatever term you use to justify giving up when you really shouldn’t. So here are the lyrics, stuff to consider when faced with the decision to plug on through the difficulties or fade away into oblivion. It really hit me. These are the only choices. Keep conquering new ground, or fade away. It’s what Paul meant when he wrote of running the race to the finish.

And yes–I plan on getting the CD.

I’ve seen the bridge and the bridge is long
And they built it high and they built it strong
Strong enough to hold the weight of time
Long enough to leave some of us behind

And every one of us has to face that day
Do you cross the bridge or do you fade away
And every one of us that ever came to play
Has to cross the bridge or fade away

Standing on the bridge looking at the waves
Seen so many jump, never seen one saved
On a distant beach your song can die
On a bitter wind, on a cruel tide

And every one of us has to face that day
Do you cross the bridge or do you fade away
And every one of us that ever came to play
Has to cross the bridge or fade away

And the bridge it shines
Oh cold hard iron
Saying come and risk it all
Or die trying

And every one of us has to face that day
Do you cross the bridge or do you fade away
And every one of us that ever came to play
Has to cross the bridge or fade away

(music by Elton John, lyrics by Bernie Taupin: copyright 2006)

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