The Sound Of Silence Lyrics - Paul Simon

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Hello darkness, my old friend, I've come with 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, 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 shared, and no one dared
To stir the sound of silence

Fool, said I, you do not know, silence, like a cancer, grows
Hear my words and I might teach you, take my arms then 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'd made
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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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WHo are we, who are so majestic... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/4/13

Paul Simon wrote lyrics for a song to be recorded with his partner and a back-up group. We do not know exactly what he wanted to express and we have no real idea of how he feels about the reaction to the finished product.
We hear protest, despair, hope or whatever else we may feel should be read into this lovely piece of music.
It is a finished piece and we can each of us see it as we choose but we should judge it on its merits rather that our own preconceptions.
It is truth and beauty enough on its own.
Of course that is pedantic, but aren't we all?

meaning | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/29/12

his vision starts with him being alone. he is on a narrow cobblestone street, possibly in europe where I hear those are common. there are a lot of people and neon lights, so a city. the people, to me, seem to be doing thier lives, but not living them. not paying attention. I think it is a comment on city life, and how you can have a lot of people together but all of them being alone and scared to speak up about it. it is about not caring for eachother in the city. but clearly, there are many interperetations.

System for mind control | Reviewer: Robert Fowler | 12/29/11

One explanation of lyrics is that Sound of Silence speaks about system for mind control called SSSS Silent Sound Spread Spectrum (you could google it if you want ) . Supposedly , system would implant human brain with visions via TV and radio program . All those verses ab about darkness and neon god really talk about this system and effects it causes .

The (noisy) Sound of Silence | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/3/11

I am an African based in West Africa. I first listened to the song in 1995 when I was 10 years old on a friend's player. What struck me about the song was that despite that it was my first time of listening, I was overwhelmed with an unexplainable feeling of foreknowledge(more like forehearing) of the song. Though subtle, yet the feeling was so powerful that afterwards I've yearned to listen to as well as learn the lyrics of the song.

Much more than the lyrics, one striking feature of the song was the strong emotions it always evokes everytime I get listen to it. The feeling has gotten so strong over the years...and I really feel there is a spiritual inclination to the song, even beyond its lyrics and melody.


Thoughts on the meaning of "The Sound of Silence" | Reviewer: David Olson | 10/7/11

This song was written during the Vietnam era when I was a teenager. It expressed to me the many evils in the world around us and the way we are seemingly able to live simple normal lives turning a blind eye to them. The "sound of silence" expresses the loneliness of those who carry the burden of this knowledge.

Because of inattention to "SILENCE", it's all over | Reviewer: darvish blathsnocker | 10/7/11

What I hear is a lamentation against the ignorance
which pervades the ideation of Man in his/her egoic, false sense of self, which is pervaded by idolatry of many types, much to the diminishment of the Planet.

"This typer" is a utility: "My" true identity, which I share with All, is in "Silence".

I feel this to be true, and more will understand it, in their own way, over time.

The "End Time" of the "Ego" is upon us: let us hope that Life will save the planet.

Peace, Out

Reflections of our times | Reviewer: barbara nelson | 9/26/11

Collective silence is the hum of daily living..it's the background noice with which all decisions and perceptions are made, without individual reflection.
Without critical thinking, we can be led into unjust wars, and produce goods and services that would eventually be used against their very makers. It's a heed to THINK and question WHY.
The quintessential protest song.

Emotion only | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/23/11

I do not believe the lyrical content has any meaning, nor was it intended to have meaning. What is meaningful about the song is the emotions the lyrics evoke. It is all about how the song makes you feel. There is a sense of melancholy and isolation that pervades the song. That may be why Paul Simon chose to perform it at a 9/11 memorial.

The deep pain of our planet | Reviewer: Grandma Marianne | 9/11/11

Paul Simon singing this song with his guitar, on the site where the towers fell like castles of cards, with their content of souls... today... alive on tv... humbly, all by himself with his guitar, alone in the midst of humanity...and a few of my own tears joined the symbolic waterfalls of the site...I am ashamed to reduce all this to meaningless words...

Sounds of Silence | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/11/11

I am 52 years old and have loved this song since I've loved this song since I was a little girl. I always thought it was about city living! Or maybe just loneliness. But today he sang it at the 911 memorial and pretty much ripped my heart out. It was about those silent fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, loved ones that can never speak again. MAY WE NEVER FORGET!

sometime not even the recipeiant of a vision realize what that vision means | Reviewer: Shema64 | 9/12/11

1Samuel 2:9He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
1Samuel 2:10The adversaries of the YHVH shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the YHVH shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.

Very interesting... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/17/11

Yes this song was released around the USSR time and it's about the secret weapon used against the USSR. Which is code named S-Squad or Squad or Sound of Silence. Very deep song, there were nothing but subliminals in this song and only a couple people noticed. The technology they used could control their mind, their emotions, thoughts ect. With a certain amount of frequency. It was as if someone were talking to them telling them to do things they wouldn't usually do. That's why the reason why the troops surrendered easily. Sound of Silences... Who would have knew the music industry was that deep.

Writings on subway walls and train cars | Reviewer: Tom, Canada | 3/3/11

I heard this song in New York, when Simon and Garfunkel were in Central Park. I saw it as a protest against the unfairnesss of the established norms. Then, I hoped for a change.
I am 80 now, and it seems that very little has changed. Therefore, this song is still a song for today

The most meaningful & prophetuc song of 1967 | Reviewer: Gary H. Roller | 1/21/11

When the words & music of The Sound of Silence echoed from the movie screen in 1967, Paul Simon & Art Garfunkle immediately became a part of American music history forever. This one song made the film, known as The Graduate a burning memory in my brain. Mike Nichols & Dustin Hoffman soon became famous, but, the collective film score of Simon songs encasing the transfixed lyrics of the The Sound of Silence has mesmerized our thinking for (43) years.

Listen to the spellbinding lyrics at the end: And the people bowed and prayed to the neon god they made. And the sign flashed out it's 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 ending may very well portend the diminished attitude of less verbal communication in todays world. And more texting without speaking as a sign of it. Thank you Paul Simon for being ahead of your time and giving us this song for coming generations.

Different ways of understanding | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/21/10

(I'm French so excuse my English if I make mistakes). For me you can understand this song in differnt ways. Indeed, I think that all the stanzas mean something different. You can find in all the song stanza who express the depression, others who show the new tecnologies (?) or the Cold War between the USA and the URSS. I thought to the beginning of the Vet-Nam war and the assassination of JFK because "The Sound of Silence" has been written during this period.


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