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The bridge is distinct from both the verse and the chorus, and is often placed near the middle of the song.
It ends on a half cadence, in this case from vi to V. The use of the V or D chord sets us up harmonically to return to the chorus and the I chord.

IV I IV I
C G C G repeat 3x
vi / V
Em / D STOP


For the first time we have a section that begins with something other than the I chord, in this case it's the IV chord, instantly differentiating the bridge from either the chorus or the verse. The first 3 lines of the bridge reflect the "tag" of the 1st chorus, moving back and forth from C - G several (3) times. Note the use of "call and response" vocals, with the background vocals at the beginning of each line and the lead vocals ending.

Then we get the double whammy of a harmonic change and rhythmic change:

1. We hear the only Em chord in the song, and it lasts for 2 bars.
2. The use of 1/4 note triplets dramatically changes the rhythm and underscores the lyric.

Understanding the counting is great, but another, more instinctive way to think about it might be to just let your right hand follow the lyric, one strum per word. The last line of the bridge is often used to communicate an important lyric, while at the same time driving us harmonically back to the verse.
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