Simon And Garfunkel – Sound of Silence
This is the live version of the song:
And this is recorded in a studio in front of a small audience:
The song is mesmerizing and beautiful. It’s strongly related to the 60’s era and to the hippie movement that followed later having a powerful impact to the anti-Vietnam war movement.
Searching the web i found just too many interpretations of the song’s lyrics, starting with reference to John Kennedy’s assassination and ending with Paul Simon’s heroin addiction. I believe they are all true and false at the same time and we should enjoy this beautiful song without any external influence.
Here are the song’s lyrics:
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
Within the sound of silence
In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
Beneath 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…
And no one dare
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 signs said: “The words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls,
And whisper’d in the sound of silence.”