Chris DeGarmo really went to town on the 1994 Promised Land album. His name is all over the song writing credits?
Bridge is a song written by DeGarmo and he is referencing his relationship with his father for inspiration. Growing up he didn’t have the relationship with his father and now that he’s all grown up, his father wants to be in his life, however the only problem, is that the bridge was never built.
Time has made you finally realize
your loneliness and your guilt inside.
You’re reaching for something you never had,
turning around now you’re looking back,
and you know… I’m not there.
You say, “Son, let’s forget the past.
I want another chance, gonna make it last.”
You’re begging me for a brand new start,
trying to mend a bridge that’s been blown apart,
but you know… you never built it dad.
You can feel the anger, the disappointment. DeGarmo is telling his dad, that he is not going to be there for him, in the same way his dad wasn’t there for him. Stop trying to have a relationship, it was never there to begin with. Geoff Tate nails the vocal for it. This is the Queensryche that exists, not the poor imitations that they are now.
DeGarmo’s dad died during the recording of the Promised Land.