"The Sound of Silence" as written by Paul Simon...
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 turned 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 share
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 out 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 sounds of silence

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"The Sound of Silence" as written by Paul Simon

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    My InterpretationSimon might of been young, however he shows great understanding about the world around him. Some comment believes that Simon was incapable to write something that would have such a great depth to it because of his age. I come across people who were only 14 years old yet had more depth about life then a 60 years old man. It is not the age, it is what life offered to you which gives you depth, understanding and sympathy toward others. For example if you were bullied at school or had troubles at home, you are under racism, it will cause pain but at the same time it will give you greater understanding about the world. I suspect Simon might of been through some hard time which made him not only an artist but an enlightened person.

    The meaning of the lyrics is about darkness, representing ignorance,
    silence representing people are not allowed to express their opinion.
    "people talking without speaking" meaning they just talk, without any meaning...
    "people hearing without listening" people hearing but do not understand.
    "When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of neon light" is advertising and advertising equals money. Therefore, he is talking about wealth.
    "and people bowed and prayed, To the neon god they made" worshiping money and wealth, and wealth become the prophet even in the subway walls where advertising is shown.

    Hello darkness my old friend.. we are living in a shallow world in darkness, enslaved by wealth.
    tarotpdfon April 13, 2013   Link

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