Love Can Build a Bridge

Cher, Neneh Cherry, Chrissie Hynde

About Love Can Build a Bridge

For the Judds album, see Love Can Build a Bridge (album). For the film, see Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge"Love Can Build a Bridge" is a song written by Naomi Judd, Paul Overstreet and John Barlow Jarvis, and recorded by American country music duo The Judds. It was released in December 1990 as the second single and title track from their album of the same name. It was a Top 5 country hit in mid-1991. It was later covered by Children for Rwanda as a charity single in aid of Save the Children, reaching number 57 in the UK singles chart in September 1994. A new version recorded by American singers Cher and Chrissie Hynde, Swedish singer Neneh Cherry, and British singer/guitarist Eric Clapton, with arrangements by David Campbell, was released and reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart for one week in March 1995. The single was Cher's second solo UK number 1 hit single and the only UK number 1 single for either Neneh Cherry, Chrissie Hynde (as a solo artist) or Eric Clapton. It was chosen as 1995's official Comic Relief single. 


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I´d gladly walk across the desert
With no shoes upon my feet
To share with you the last bite
Of bread I had to eat

I would swim out to save you
In your sea of broken dreams
When all your hopes are sinking
Let me show you what love means

Love can build a bridge
Between your heart and mine
Love can build a bridge
Don´t you think it´s time?
Don´t you think it´s time?

I would whisper love so loudly
Every heart could understand
That love and only love
Can join the tribes of man

I would give my heart´s desire
So that you might see
The first step is to realize
That it all begins with you and me


When we stand together
It´s our finest hour
We can do anything, anything
Anything, anything
Keep believin´ in the power

[Chorus: x 2]

Don´t you think it´s time?

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Cher ( /ˈʃɛər/; born Cherilyn Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) is an American singer and actress. A major figure for over five decades in popular culture, she is often referred to as the Goddess of Pop for having first brought the sense of female autonomy and self-actualization into the entertainment industry. She is known for her distinctive contralto and for having worked in various areas of entertainment, as well as for continuously reinventing both her music and image, the latter of which has caused controversy. more »

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Lyrics © MIKE CURB MUSIC, Peermusic Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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11 facts about this song

Song Identity
"Love Can Build a Bridge" is a song that was performed by The Judds and later covered by Cher. It was a popular track from The Judds' fourth studio album of the same name.
Writing Credit
The song was co-written by Naomi Judd, who was a member of The Judds, along with Paul Overstreet and John Barlow Jarvis. This intimate involvement made the song much more personal for the group.
Release Date
"Love Can Build a Bridge" was officially released by The Judds in late 1990, thus becoming one of their successful songs.
Chart Performance
The song performed well on the charts. It peaked at no.5 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, demonstrating its popularity.
Award Achievement
"Love Can Build a Bridge" won a Grammy award for Best Country Song in 1991, a testament to its success and the recognition it received.
Cover Version
Cher covered "Love Can Build a Bridge" in 1995, five years after the original version was released by The Judds.
Featured Artists
Cher's cover of the song featured Chrissie Hynde and Neneh Cherry, adding a unique twist to the original.
Charity Single
Cher's version of "Love Can Build a Bridge" was released as a charity single for the charity "Comic Relief." The proceeds were used to support various humanitarian causes.
Music Video
The music video for Cher's version starred a host of famous personalities such as Ruby Wax, Jennifer Saunders, and Dawn French, adding star power to the song.
Additional Recognition
The song's message of unity and love has resulted in further recognition. In 1995, it was used as the official Comic Relief single, while in 2005, it was performed by the finalists of UK talent competition show The X Factor as their Christmas single.
Cultural Impact
Apart from commercial success, “Love Can Build a Bridge” had a cultural impact too. It is often played and performed at events that promote love, unity, and reconciliation, reflecting its powerful, universal message.

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