The Sound of Silence

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Simon & Garfunkel were an American music duo consisting of singer-songwriters Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. They formed the group Tom & Jerry in 1957 and had their first success with the minor hit "Hey, Schoolgirl". As Simon & Garfunkel, the duo rose to fame in 1965, largely on the strength of the hit single "The Sound of Silence". Their music was featured in the landmark film The Graduate (1967), propelling them further into the public consciousness. more »

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

Written by: PAUL SIMON

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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