20 November 2008

Sound of Silence

I have another song to share with all of you for the weekend. The words aren't literal, but it's amazing what they mean when you don't think about it.

The Sound of Silence (1964)
Simon and Garfunkel

Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
'Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turn my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash
of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never shared
No one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

"Fools," said I, "you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you"
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said: The words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sound of silence


  1. Hey ... this was years ago and I knew the lyrics by heart and the meanings too!

    and I thot that I'm the only one who understood the meaning of this song.

    Wow! Brought back memories of my brothers and cousins ...

    Thanks for the memories ;-)

  2. Hi! Glad I'm not the only one either :)