"Silence is Easy" as written by Benjamin Byrne, James Paul Stelfox, James Milne Walsh and Barry Westhead....
Everybody says that they're looking for a shelter
Got a lot to give
But I don't know how to help her

I should just let it go
'Til they learn how to grow
And how to liberate

Everybody says that she's looking for a shelter
Got a lot to give
But I don't know how I felt her

They should just let it go
Till these cities learn to grow
And how to liberate

[Chorus]
Silence is easy
It just becomes me
You don't even know me
You all lie about me

Everybody says that I'm looking for a home now
Looking for a boy or I'm looking for a girl now
But I can still let it go
I can still learn to grow
Into a child again

[Chorus: x4]


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"Silence is Easy" as written by Benjamin Byrne Barry Westhead

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    General CommentWell first off, I want to say that I love this song, and that I think it's very profound. (Or at least it is to me.)

    I think this song expresses the point of view of a very shy person, possibly the author themself.

    Everybody says that their looking for a shelter,
    Got a lot to give but I don't know how to help her,
    I should just let it go till they learn how to grow,
    And how to liberate.

    Everybody says that she's looking for a shelter,
    Got a lot to give but I don't know how I felt her,
    They should just let it go till these cities learn to grow,
    And how to liberate

    These two verses pretty much say the same thing, that someone's looking for some kind of shelter, probably shelter in another person, maybe a lover of a friend. I think it's sung from the point of view of an onlooker - another person. They want to "help" this person from their silence/shyness - so to speak, but they don't know how to. Then they conclude that they should just let them be and let them grow into a more social and more outgoing person on their own accord - as if that is the ideal state of being. Maybe this person pities the object of description?

    Silence is easy, it just becomes me,
    You don't even know me, all lie about me.

    Now, I think this part is the shy person speaking. They say that being silent is easy, because they don't have to do anything; they don't have to risk anything by being silent. But then that silence "becomes" the person in the point of view of other people. They're always silent. They have nothing to say. They're quite boring. That silence becomes all the person is (from the point of view of other people). The shy person then says that those other people don't even know them, and that they [other people] just make up things about them instead.

    Everybody says that I'm looking for a home now,
    Looking for a boy or I'm looking for a girl now,
    I can still let it go, I can still learn to grow,
    Into a child again.

    This reiterates the first two stanzas. That they're looking for some form of shelter. The second line possibly alludes to looking for love in a man or a woman, or possibly the desire for children (settling down?). Maybe they think that finding love and settling down will change who they are? They then tell themselves that they can just let the shyness go and grow as a person, like they're trying to convince themselves.

    Silence is easy, it just becomes me,
    You don't even know me, why lie about me.
    Silence is easy, it just becomes me,
    You don't even know me, why do you hate me.

    This is the chorus again. I think the whole point of contention is centered here. Silence is easy for them, and that in being silent all the time, they become the silence in the eyes of other people. They say that those other people don't know them at all, and ask why they [other people] hate them, and/or lie about them.


    I know that was long, but I wanted collect my thoughts on this song and put them out there. :)
    Brilliant song.
    GaHeRiSon April 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe only one of Phil Spector-produced songs by Starsailor that is apparently produced by him upon first listen. If only everything could go through such good production, but then this wouldn't sound so good compared to almost, well, everything else.
    theEasySilenceon April 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI heard it unplugged, just James Walsh and an acoustic guitar, and it still sounded really cool. Great video as well.
    staybeautifulon May 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentGreat song and neat video. In the video, there are parts where James doesn't sing and then picks up where he left off. Maybe because these moments are ones that affect him the most.
    Anyways, I think this song is about going through life and turning away from problems because they are so overwhelming. Silence is often the easiest way out. I think it also has to do with gossip and negative comments made against the writer. He is struggling because he doesn't know why they hate him. They just made judgments without knowing him.
    zerorespectson May 26, 2004   Link
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    General Commentmint song jst ad 2 say dat its class :D
    scot_morrisonon December 11, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti have no idea what this song is about, but i really like the chorus. my favorite lyrics from practially any song.
    Desaparecidaon January 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with zerorespects. I have heard that James Walsh is quite a shy person, so maybe it's to do with how he's found some people to have prejudice against quiet people. I've had similar experience, as I myself could be considered "quiet" at times. Most people judge a person to be "boring" if they are shy, and the line "You don't even know me" suggests the people who dislike like you because they've heard off other people that they dislike like you because your "quiet". When your shy, quietness just "becomes" you and you can't help it. However, this does not under any cirrcumstances mean you are 'boring'. This is what some people just can't understand. It's just discrimination, against something you can't help.
    Pez_fxon July 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite part of this song is the beggining."everybody says that their looking for a shelter, Got a lot to give, but I don't know how to help her" I'm not sure exactly. Bur Pez-Fx's illustration about the lyrics is great and I completely agree and couldnt have said it better. To me, its just one of those songs about idiots. It makes me smile.
    Newkion September 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI kinda agree w/ Pez_fx. "I can still let it go, I can still learn to grow,
    Into a child again" describes who I am and my life perfectly right now. Awesome song.
    strangersatelliteon April 25, 2007   Link

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