"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

Lyrics submitted by kevin, edited by annacronism, Mahasquid, ashakitten4, DAIRYDAWG, sjaydeb, NonDiluted

"The Sound of Silence" as written by Paul Simon

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    My InterpretationThis song was written around 1964 before commercial computers & smart phones so take into consideration the his numbers may be off a bit. I feel that Mr. Simon, the composer, as a Jew, combined the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt & the Holocaust with contemporary times. During WWII the Jews had to hide, they were silenced by Hitler. Sometimes we ignore the wise & lean on our own misguided understanding. We don't listen, we worship idols, we get caught up in the commercialism, we follow the crowd like Lemmings, we are silent. Many died due to silence. We hear a song but do not truly listen to what it's trying to convey, therefore we are essentially deaf to the true meaning of the song, just as the Israelites lost faith, at times, in Moses & God so also Mr. Simon feels his most important music sometimes falls on deaf ears. The "words of the prophets" are everywhere, if you listen you may even hear them whispering, is Simon referring to song writers here or God? "This is what the LORD says: "'Cries of fear are heard-- terror, not peace. Ask and see: Can a man bear children? Then why do I see every strong man with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor, every face turned deathly pale? How awful that day will be! None will be like it. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, but he will be saved out of it." (Jeremiah 30:5-7 NIV)." "So verse 7 on its own simply tells us that at some point after it was written Israel would experience a time of unsurpassed suffering, and would be saved out of it. Verse 8 gives us a clue as to the period: "' In that day,' declares the LORD Almighty, 'I will break the yoke off their necks and will tear off their bonds; no longer will foreigners enslave them." (Jeremiah 30:8 NIV)." I am not a very religious person & yet I cannot ignore the religious undertones of the lyrics. For some, music is the rhythm, the beat, for some it's the melody, for others it's the lyrics, but for those who believe all three,or four, are connected & equally important the song becomes a work of art, a message, a mantra & may even give one Frisson. This song gave me Frisson the first time I heard it around late '65 or '66. Never allow silence such power...
    catcando75on March 08, 2018   Link

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