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The Bridge

February 15, 2022

This morning’s musical thought…


Many modern songs employ what is known as a bridge. Lyrically, the bridge is typically used to pause and reflect on the earlier portions of the song or to prepare the listener for the song’s climax. The term may also refer to the section between the verse and the chorus, though this is more commonly called the pre-chorus or link. Bridges usually contain different and contrasting chord structure when compared to the verses and chorus.

To be sure, not all songs contain a bridge. A bridge is not needed in many songs. Most popular music is formulated with three verses and a chorus that is repeated after the second and third verse. However, often an emotional, lyrical, or compositional break and/or change is needed to mend a verse and chorus together or to offer some reflection on the previous parts.

There are thousands of songs that employ bridges. When…

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