🎶The Sound of Silence🎶 (Simon & 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 streetlamp
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”

 

“The Sound of Silence” was recorded on 10 March 1964

55 thoughts on “🎶The Sound of Silence🎶 (Simon & Garfunkel)

  1. A beautiful song by two of the greatest singer songwriters. Did you know that “Hello darkness, my old friend I’ve come to talk with you again” at the beginning of the song refers to his bathroom? Evidently, when he was stuck for ideas, he’d go into his parent’s darkened bathroom and break his writers block.

    “I wrote my parts on several occassions, while sitting in the dark, in the bathroom of my parents house, while playing my guitar.” – Paul Simon

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    1. My story isn’t as profound, but here it is anyway: A kid in my youth group went to that concert in Central Park. He claims he was close to the stage and could see Paul Simon occasionally drop a guitar pick, then pull another one out of his pocket and keep playing. When the concert was over, said kid allegedly jumped up on the platform and scooped up a few of them. He gave me one of them, which I used on my guitar when the youth group would sing together.

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  2. “Qualcos di bello”… En effet. Il faut bien ça.
    I ope you’re OK, Luisa, you and your family and friends. (Pourquoi on parle en Anglais d’ailleurs?) 😉
    I’ve never heard of an entire country “closed in quarantine”!
    That is crazy. And not feasible. If Italy imports toilet paper from Germany, the Germans will drop the toilet paper at the border? Crazy. Still I do hope the crisis will subside soon.
    Meantime, to read, Camus and Saramago again?
    Bon courage. Senti auguri, all the best.
    Brian

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      1. It seems to be getting out of hand.And of course the idiot politicians who we allow to run the world make it worse. Trump just banned all flights from Europe… Seriously? The US curve seems to be exponential and he blames Europeans? Come on.
        Just take precautions. That’s all.

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  3. Il più conveniente per risolvere la crisi, niente di meglio che ricordare una canzone che ci ha riempito di momenti felici in gioventù.
    Inutile dire che desidero, con tutto il cuore, che tutto vada bene per te nonostante la quarantena. Vi lascio i miei migliori auguri.
    Manuel

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