The Bridge

Song Notes

TK/Jim Pittman)

©1990

–This song’s probably a little too autobiographical. My good friend Jim Pittman sent me the essence of this lyric when he was going through a divorce, and a divorce was looming for me.

I love the poetry here. Some hard things are better said artfully.

[I waited tables with Kathy Mattea when I first moved to Nashville, and it was a joy when she recorded this with Michael McDonald a few years later.]

Sometimes I wonder what’s the right thing
Maybe you could let me know
We were struck by lightning a lifetime ago

No one else’s vision ever let me see
How your good intention cast its spell on me

Now there’s a bridge I can’t get over
There’s a weight I can’t get under
It’s a dream I still remember
But it won’t come true
If there’s a lesson I would learn it
I would cross it now or burn it
There’s a bridge I can’t get over
Between me and you

Love can take some crazy side streets
It can twist and turn you around
Looking for the straight and narrow
Doubt it can be found

When has hesitation set somebody free?
Baby in your wisdom shine your grace on me

Now there’s a bridge I can’t get over
There’s a weight I can’t get under
It’s a dream I still remember
But it won’t come true
If there’s a lesson I would learn it
I would cross it now or burn it
There’s a bridge I can’t get over
Between me and you

And I have lived with indecision
And hoped without a reason
Now I’m tired of all this self-pity, baby
Give me the room to leave

Now there’s a bridge I can’t get over
There’s a weight I can’t get under
It’s a dream I still remember
But it won’t come true
If there’s a lesson I would learn it
I would cross it now or burn it
There’s a bridge I can’t get over
Between me and you
Me and you
Me and you

words & music: Tom Kimmel & Jim Pittman
©1990 The Night Rainbow Music/Morrissette Music (admin. by HoriPro Entertainment Group, Inc.) (ASCAP)/GMMI/Jim Pittman Music (BMI)

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