Composer Milton Nascimento
Lyricists Fernando Brant, Gene Lees
Year Written 1964
About Bridges
Milton Nascimento wrote “Bridges” in 1964 and released it on his second album: Courage. Even though Nascimento and Brant are Brazilian, they wrote in a purer jazz style and not bossa nova. Nascimento is still active as a performer and composer, as of 2014. He has appeared with jazz artists including Wayne Shorter and Quincy Jones. Milton Nascimento was recently honored for the 2013 International Jazz Day, sponsored by the United Nations and UNESCO. Tony Bennett was honored by the same organization in 2012.


I have crossed a thousand bridges
In my search for something real

There were great suspension bridges
Made like spider webs of steel

There were tiny wooden trestles
And there were bridges made of stone

I have always been a stranger
And I’ve always been alone

There’s a bridge to tomorrow
There’s a bridge from the past

There’s a bridge made of sorrow
That I pray will not last

There’s a bridge made of colors
In the sky high above

And I think that there must be
Bridges made out of love

I can see her in the distance
On the rivers of a shore

And her hands reach out longing
As my own have done before

And I call across to tell her
Where I believe the bridge must lie

And I’ll find it, yes, I’ll find it
If I search until I die

Then the bridge is between us
We’ll have nothing to say

We will run through the sunlight
And she’ll meet me half way

There’s a bridge made of colors
In the sky high above

And I’m certain that somewhere
There’s a bridge made out of love

Session / Album Information


“Bridges” was recorded in 1975 and was released on Tony Bennett Sings Life Is Beautiful. It was arranged by Torrie Zito.


Listen to Bridges on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 2004.

This recording released on:

  • 1975: Improv 45: TB712
  • 1975: Improv LP 12″: IMP 7112 — Life Is Beautiful
  • Disky CD: BX 883552 — As Time Goes By
  • 2002: Recall CD: RECA 353 — Have You Met Miss Jones? [UK]
  • 2004: Concord CD: CCD4-2255 — The Complete Improv Recordings
  • 2006: Concord CD: CCD-6023-2 — Tony Bennett Sings For Lovers
  • 2011: Concord CRE-32955-02 – The Best of the Improv Recordings
  • 2011: Disc #49 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK48) Tony Bennett’s Sings Life Is Beautiful

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