This article is from the Billy Joel FAQ, by Mike Steele email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
[From an interview in the back of the piano sheet music book for
"I came up with the title THE BRIDGE about two-thirds of the way
through the album ... I I didn't really know why when I first said
it. Then when I thought about it, I realized there's been a lot of
connections made on this record. There's a duet with Ray Charles,
and Ray Charles is somebody I admired for years and years. That was
a connection made, so there's a bridge. There's a song that was done
with Steve Winwood playing the Hammond organ, and I've always
admired Steve--for years and years. So there's another bridge. The
album is probably more like an older Billy Joel album, harkening
back to 52ND STREET and THE STRANGER, in that it's not a concept
album. The songs are not necessarily related to one another, but
they were written in the same [time] period. And for that reason,
because there's a connection to the older stuff, there's another
bridge. I also see it as a direction into a future type of writing."