It was a favourite of my parents and I remember playig it on my dad's radiogram, stacking it on the multiplay spindle (a clever device that balanced several LPs on a cunning spike and then dropped them, one by one, alarmingly on to the spinning turntable beneath).
Bridge over Troubled Water wasn't my favourite song from the album (that would have been The Boxer, or I am a Rock), but it does remind me of someone: it reminds me of my sister, who was born the same year the album was released.
When my sister was born she was not well.
I don't remember ever discussing the possibilty that she wouldn't get better (thirty years on I go hot when I consider my blithe confidence in the power of doctors), except there was one conversation I do remember: "If she can't walk", I my father said, "then I'll carry her everywhere". That, of course, that made an impression and my father's desperate promise somehow became tied up in my mind with that song, and when I hear it it always reminds me of her. And him.
I'm on your side / when times get rough / and friends just can't be found
I'll take your part / when darkness comes / and pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water / I will lay me down