Sound of Silence

Nov 13, 2011 in , ,

This was from an event David did for Invisible Children a while ago. The song, Sound of Silence, was originally by Simon And Garfunkel. The first time I heard it, I thought it sounded familiar, and that's probably because it's a really old song.

I find it so beautiful… Not just David's voice singing it, but the lyrics of the song. It has an air of the olden days, something that resonates of John Lennon's Imagine. Just read the lyrics below. It's hard to find a song nowadays with lyrics such as these. My favorite lines of all are "People talking without speaking, people hearing without listening," because that's what we find ourselves doing a lot of the time. We say meaningless chatter more than things that carry weight, and don't often listen to people who really need to be heard. In just two lines, this is all summed up.

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 turn 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 shared
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 sound of silence