Listen To Beautiful Charity Cover Of “Bridge Over Covered Water”

In the face of London’s horrendous Grenfell Tower fire last week that claimed at least 79 lives, famed producer and American Idol judge Simon Cowell – who lives very near the now-charred out remains of the tower – decided he wanted to record and release a charity single to help support the victims of the tragedy. In an amazing display of compassion and cooperation, Cowell got the track recorded and released over the span of only three days, and it is a very beautiful and moving piece of work.

It starts with having chosen the right song. Cowell got Paul Simon to donate the rights to “Bridge Over Troubled Water” which was a perfect choice for a project like this. And quite frankly, being one of the greatest songs ever written in the Rock era, it would be hard to record a version of this song that didn’t sound good.

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Cowell gathered as many musicians as he could in two days to lend their talents to the project, including Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, Brian May of Queen, the great voice of Kelly Jones of Stereophonics and the Libertines’ Carl Barat among other British pop and rap artists.

The track opens with a soft rap which shouldn’t frighten any Rock fans in 2017. The words are poignant:

I don’t know where to begin, so I’ll start by saying I refuse to forget you
I refuse to be silenced, I refuse to neglect you
That’s for every lost soul up in Grenfell, even though I never even met you
For that could’ve been my mom’s house, that could’ve been my nephew
Now that could have been me up there, waving my white plain T up there
All my friends on the ground trying a see up there

The single is available to purchase on iTunes, and sales will benefit those affected by the tragic fire via the London Community Foundation. Buy the single and help these poor people out if you can.

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