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Sounds Of Silence Lyrics
Artist: Simon & Garfunkel
Album: Sounds Of Silence
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
'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
And 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
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
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i really like this song :)
most amazing song ever
love this song
was sitting in a mates lastnyt n it came on
reminds me of u musterd monks ;)
indeed."The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls''
Amazing song. Gorgeous, with beautiful lyrics and sound. I loved the fact that it was in The Graduate otherwise I would never have known about it. :(
It is a wonderful song!
Wonderful S & G performance
Le agrego al comentario de Mary (a de ser maravillosa) que esta rola vale sobre todo cuando a la palabra ya no se le respeta
This song was written after JFK was..... Lyrics in this song are so powerful, I think of Ron Paul when I hear this song...
a perfect song
Tres fantastik, c'est jolie, on me transmet beaucoup de messages, je tremble quand je l'ecoute...
ouaissss, felicitations S et G
Sounds like life before an awareness of this disease. Education can bring the afflicted back into the light and life.
"people talking without speaking, people hearing without listening, people writing songs that voices never share"
This is an everyday thing. We all say things without thinking and that is when we are not speaking. we hear what people tell us, or we sometimes hear songs without actually listening to what the lyrics have to tell us. people write their hearts out and make wonders when they put words together but they never let people her it in the most lovely way...music. these lyrics are some of the best in the history of music. they teach so much with such great melody! i love this song!!
Probably the most beautiful song ever written, as haunting as it is - particularly as sung in two part harmony by the S&G voices.
As I read it, it's about alienation and apathy.
They ae good guys, I really like when they sing together with two voices:-)
I am going thru a bit of personal hell right now and for some reason I keep singing this song in my head -- "Hello darkness, my old friend." It is on my I-pod and I hear it every time I walk or run. It may be strangely therapeutic, at least I hope so. What an incredible song!
My friend wanted us to play this song for him at his funereal. i didn't understand until i read it now. :(
i woke up today with an urge to grab the guitar and play this song, which i'd never done.
it just came out so intensely my boyfriend woke up and grabbed his guitar and we played it together a few times.
felt sort of healing.
its the highs't level that could ever exist
It is written after the assassination of JFK
i love this song
is the best
My high school class song... 1969
I love this song
"And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made"
my favorite verse
they should use this songin an episode of heroes
I love the Harmony, its completly amazing <3 i love it
The Graduate Movie..Dustin Hoffman..Mmmm.Cool!
wow that is a very god song realy its a very very very god song neta k esta de pokamadre yeahhhh
powerful lyrics, i like it!
I feel this song as a vestige, a trace, for those who will see the remains of what we lost.
He amado esta cancion desde el primer dia que la escuche, siendo un nino-adolecente. Tanto en su version original, como la cristiana o gaspel (ya que en centroamerica hay varias canciones cristianas que utilizan su musica tanto en iglesias catolicas como protestantes.
A good song is open and general, so that the rest can come to our fantasy while we ponder upon what the song is all about.
This song is one of the world's greatest. It can be related to so much. And even if you take it as it is, lyrically - you understand the fact that Silence is quite seldom these days, and that it can be a creative inspiration and a method to gain deep knowledge about ourselves.
This song is just amazing...
I have always loved this song even though i never totally understood it. I read these lyrics and it helped me understand it so much more
! it is an amazing song
This song is a based in The Beatitudes
couldn't agree more with you guys
I agree with a previous comment. I am also going through a personal hell these days and for some reason out of no where came "Hello darkness my old friend" For someone looking to hide from the world right now it seems appropriate to listen to this wonderful song. Amazing how healing a song with the correct words can be.
I find that it is nice to hear songs like this in a time like ours were every time you turn on the radio you hear rap and other thing like it its just good to go back to s&g and the beatles and others like them
I am not finding last stanza in my soundtrack!
Is the last one is missing from my song file?
brilliance in its finest form. my fav song to listen to when i'm walking anywher ebecause the tempo is exactly the same as my pace.
love this song!!
Everytime i hear this song i get a feeling that am listening for the first time...its magic!!
Fits perfectly as a description of our times.. nodody talks, nobody listens.. nobody cares.. profit, ratings & "be famous" is all that matters.. the decay of human intellect is amaizing..
By the time song as this one where written, the US withdrawn from Vietnam due to population preasure and the power of ideas.
Nowadays in this rap-profit-internet communicating era.. nobody has a clue on why a country is being invaded, nobody cares..
With the killing of JFK the era of "what the human kind could be" was replaced by this era of neon gods.
Amaizing how early these guys described what was to come...
amazed by this song.. truly, madly, deeply..
can't really understand the song...but as i heard it i think it's too...it's just good to be true....luvds!!!!!!!
i like this song hay report namen to eh gudluck smen
best song ever it fits every decade if have experienced
cant rite in words how gr8 the song is
I think its really gay just because i'm kul like that and i can say anything i want when i what and i think they should take if of the internet cuz its gay
i hear this song a long time ago when i was a kid and i made it mine. then i heard it in the simpsons no to long ego. now if there are any veterans no matter what conflict, remember you are not along "when the vision softly creeping left it seeds when i was sleeping and the vision that was planted in my brain still remains" you are not along in the darkness
I'm using it to teach listening skills in my Psychology class. Could there possibly be a better choice? "People hearing without listening..." kinda says it all doesn't it?
oh my goodness!!! best song ever made!!! The lyrics fit so well with the harmony and it's just beautiful!!!!
The best song ever.!
i love this song....it feels good every time i listen to it...
Great Song. Few folks realize they are speaking of the tv...
This song haunts me everyday! Truly an epic song. Also, there is a great cover of this song done by a group called Ascension Of The Watchers. Nothing can beat originals, but I believe this cover is well worth a listen to
WOW. FANTASTIC SONG..NEVER IN MY LIFE HAVE I HEARD SUCH BEAUTIFUL DEEP MEANING TO A SONG.
FIRST TIME I HEARD IT, IT ABSOLUTELY LEFT ME WANTING TO HEAR IT OVER ND OVER AGAIN...
Esta canción es hermosa, los intérpretes hacen una combinación increíble pero sobre todo, el mensaje es genial.
I feel this song as the pace of life which turns slowly like in trueman's syndrome.Great and heart touching.....i like it and would be a suggestive jest forever
Like many of S&G songs, there is a spiritual element to them. This is no exception. In the Old Testament, the prophets, under Divine inspiration, wrote of the coming of the Messiah - Jesus Christ. No one listened to them. Today, "the words of the prophets are written on the barroom walls, and tenement halls". But "no one listens" to them either. There is so much wrong with today's society. Will anyone listen to the voices of reason? All we have is each other.
my music of choice is normally rap music mostly old school but all day at work the oldies station is playing and when this song came on not to sound gay or anything but something happened to me and i needed to hear it over and over amazing song, luv it
someone dear presented this song to me otherwise i would not have hear abt it. listen to this song reminds me of him..."And the vision that was planted in my brain
every music player, has this song in the heart, beautiful, amzing...
love it in watchmen..
This song's an amazing song with very meaningful lyrics. Love it a lot.
OMG Watchmen lololololol
Am amazing song, along with Bridge over Trouble waters, two of the best songs ever, and I am a hard rocker.
The deep connection this song has with many aspects of society these days is touching and terrifying at the same time.
It's application in Watchmen was increadibly appropreate.
When my best friend was 12 years old she would listen to this song as loud as she could comfortably stand and try to explain the various meanings it could have to me and anyone else she could. I didn't understand until I was almost 24. By then we had lost touch and she had fallen prey to society. The tragity lay with this brilliant 12 year old girl who had an advanced understanding of people and human nature and no one would listen to her. She slowly evolved into what she tried to warn people about and was lost.
Now that I think about it, the lyrics could easily be applied to her situation at that time as well.
All in all a beautiful song with deep inflections and enough strength to touch the emoations.
Heed the warning and observe the world.
this is a awesome song. its also on the new watchmen movie soundtrack (unbelievable movie) i think it goes well wit the movie
What additional superlatives can be used to describe this song? This song is not only powerful, it has a soothing rhythm too.
i hate this song!
its sooooooo bad
Man its an amazing song ... i have this song in my cell phone ... and now on my laptop too ... i keep listening to it ...
its like a never ending melody !!!
Great song with a powerful message. By far the best S&G song. You get a hauntingly calm feeling and everytime I listen to this song I can't stop singing it!! Beautiful and mistifying
I know exactly what this song tríes to teach. Since one of The original singer is Jewish-Paul Simons, he try to persuade the world tru this song (contrary to popular belief) that originally the true onenes of the Creator was pervade "to their own neon gods they made"
This is a beautiful, poignant song promoting a vision of a world where people truly connect with each other in the most fundamental ways. A song of very profound humanity.
I love it when they say "-neon light" it really sounded like the lights flashing throughout the city. To me, the lyrics reflect on the people, especially the homeless people and the bad side of a city.
brilliant lyrics, just brilliant !!!!
this song is so magical !!!
Whoever 'harry riddle' and 'big head'are, they are completely wrong about this song....obviously just a couple of bored teenagers!! I'm willing to bet that they haven't even heard this song--no one who has heard this would think of it like they apparently do....legendary song bro! byebye..
I am in my 50´s now and I have been listening this song for over 40 years. I was a teenager when I first listened over the radio. It must have been at the end of the 1960´s. This song is full of mistery and it portrays something that only masterpieeces can portray. Only the voices of Simon and Garfunkel could produce such a wonder!!!
I am in my 50´s now and I have been listening this song for over 40 years. I was a teenager when I first listened the song over the radio. It must have been at the end of the 1960´s. This song is full of mistery and it portrays something that only masterpieeces can portray. Only the voices of Simon and Garfunkel could produce such a wonder!!!
Having being diagnosed with Breast Cancer this song has significance for me, "silence like cancer grows'. Beautiful poignant song.
This is a beautiful song one of the greatest ever
omgosh this song touched my soul
the last line of Psalm 88 is "the darkness is my closest friend." It is a depressing Psalm of one who is close to death. I wonder if this song is written with Psalm 88 in mind.
just a great song. S&G one of the best groups ever. I can listen to this song non stop. mellow and calm.
two of the most gifted harmonisers there are. beautiful song, gives me goosebumps.
Awesome song...Wudnt hav heard it if it wasnt in Watchmen...Touched my heart...Hav S&G sung some other songs lik this one...?
Not bad !
wow.. it's a beautiful song
it is great!!! fantastic..
can't... stop... hearing
Hmmm, I always thought it kind of had a religious meaning. "neon god" "Prophets" "People talking without speaking" It seems to reference the "god made of gold" in the bible that everyone was punished for worshiping and bowing to. Now you go tme thinking, I'm going to google it and see what comes up.
i like dis song ,., this song is my midterm requirement,., gosh ,.,
Seems like the last verse is not in all versions of the song. It is complete without this verse, when you hear it, but I think the extra lyrics sort of tie off and add weight to the message.
The verse suggests that this disease, the mind-numbing thoughtlessness described in the third verse, has already penetrated into society so much that it is evident in "subway walls and tenement halls". A sort of "I have you" message coming from the neon sign, if you will.
Love this song, it is truly fantastic!
NOT written after RFK was shot. The song is from 1966 'The Graduate' soundtrack and #12 on Billboard for that year. RFK was shot in 1968.
PS: You Americans really need more guns.
Current No. 1 song, 'Party in the USA'-Miley Cirrus. Oh the humanity!!
This is an amazing song. I just love it.
Just a question for the autor of the url: Isn't the last line included in the quote?
I love this song, if I could marry it, I would.
please where can i download this song for free? you can send a link to firstname.lastname@example.org
James... you're an idiot... nobody said anything about it being written after RFK... but that it was written after JFK was assassinated. Which holds true, as the song was written by Simon in early 1964... less than half a year after JFK died. You're right in saying that it was used in the Graduate though... it was also used in a handful of other movies such as Bobby (which is where you may have gotten your RFK thing from), Old School, and the Watchmen... and probably a few other movies I've never seen. Overall, a person who sets out to make those around them look foolish ends up being the fool...
PS... I think the song is great, probably one of my favourites by them... and the people that commented on their dislike of the song... why would anyone look up a song they don't like? Paul Simon should beat them with his guitar...
i had to sing this song in social studies cuz i have a problem with talkin so my social studies teacher siad i needed to practice songs of silence
James, the US DOES NOT need more guns. Look up the AA12. Thats all we'll ever need for infantry combat.
a very crazy but wondeful song
A very beautiful and poetic song, i love it.
Very haunting melody, has a habit of just sticking around
good song for a video of eighteen year old 'in 1967, going to vietnam when his country called, seeing what he saw, returning and seeing clearly that only those who dodged his path, had, and still have today,recognition, as amounting to something worthwhile.
This song is some fresh stuff. This kind of creation doesn't happen every day.
..what does it mean??
don't really care for it much then again its not my style i like country and chrisian mostly and Cristmas music a lot to !!!!:D
this song to me is, yet of a dream.
the dream is of the view on a stage. it is perfect song
after listening to "jayzee"to bring in the new year last night, i had turned to the "rock & roll hall of fame" show on cable to watch s&g do their sounds of silence.i am so fortunate of being 52 and having these excellent written and sung songs in my head, rather than this crap of what they call music today.
Timeless. I remember this song when it was first released on vinyl. The lyrics transcend decades and generations. I am including an excerpt in a lecture I am delivering tomorrow.
Yes. Art Garfunkel will be here in
Tucson,Arizona Saturday,January 16th.
I grew up with Simon/Garfunkel songs.
I still remember seeing THE GRADUATE for the FIRST time as a child of 4-5 IN 1967- OR 1968.
It was at a drive-in movie.
Marcia painted the lyrics in Her kitchen in 1970 when I met Her. She and this Song were planted in my brain and heart and They Blossum every day. Whenever I hear this song I see Her. Marcia passed away in 1990.
Marcia was "Rainbow." It was the ending time of the Hippy Era or the ending time of Camelot!
I really love this song. My favourite song at the moment. Feels very emotional, quite therapeutic. I <3 this song!
Perhaps the greatest song ever written, It has it all, melody, lyric, vocals, timelessness, wonderful.....
I am speechless. My friend recomended it, so i found the lyrics and listened to it.
I AM SPEECHLESS. . .
And i am a hard rocker.
This song is so beautiful it hurts.
I don't know how S&G feel about this, but to me, every word is about realizing that God doesn't exist. Talking with "darkness." Nonexistence. The "vision planted in my brain" is logic, reason. Turning away from the "halo," the light of God, but being blinded by a harsh flash, someone or something trying to shove it down your throat. Being surrounded by flamboyant religion. Ten thousand religious people, talking without speaking, not using their minds, just repeating the same old phrases they've heard before. No one "dared disturb" it--in our society, we're expected to respect religion greatly. People closing their minds and refusing to listen to your side of the argument. "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls." People seeing God in everything, seeing whatever they want to see.
In the phrase "the sound of silence," God is the silence, and people are the sound.
That's my interpretation, anyway.
I think everybody who wrote a post is one of the prophets, not the Prophets. It sure makes me think - a beautiful touching song. I think we need to voice our opinions in our lives, not only on this site, stop the cancer from growing by voicing the thoughts I read on this site
I believe that this is about the cultural emes that we have been force fed since birth, that "Ours is the best way, and there is no alternative." all other views are 'silenced'. Food for thought: tribal existence for humans lasted roughly 2 million years...civilization has existed less than 10,000 years and is completely destroying itself, its home, joy, community...Time to break your paradigm.
I'm only a teenager but when my dad played this song for me a few months ago I really started to fall in love wtih it. It's a very meaningful, life-changing song. Simon and Garfunkel are great.
Well, simply one of the most beautifull pieces my ears ever "listened" to. Thank you for the Music S&G. You were able to write a song about a particular happening and it still hits all the nails today, think its rare s.o achieved sth as great as this.
"The Sound of silence" days, those were the days my friends.
All respects for S&G.
This song is amazing!! And it is even more amazing after I saw the film! I love it!!!
what does tenement halls mean
a tenement would be a project or ghetto apartment. S&G are referencing the hallway walls of those buildings.
Timeless song which provokes profound thinking!I loved it as a teenager,used it for my Literature classes as an instructor, and recently have been using it in the international conferences where I present.
its your inner self telling you something. when my chest started burning this song came into my mind.yes i have and so have most of the others who left comments GRADUATED
This is such a beautiful song. Very sobering lyrics. A timeless classic.
I just read a review over this song, and their perspective was that this song was about how people give in to a lot of things without really thinking about it...
"people hearing without listening"... and even "people talking without speaking"
This song is so true. "Silence, like a cancer grows..." Beautiful, sad lyrics.. S&G were geniuses.
This song is a song beyond it's time. Still a classic. Awesome.
its people like a cancer grow
it's a pretty good song
love this song. reminds me of my first son when he was born..he died in 2005
i love it:X:X
Still holds true after 40 plus years..
And now in Silences
As his piece of mind she fingers
Reviling all hope and sorrows.
Its a great song.its very catchy. I love it.
Rush gave props to S&G in their song 'The Spirit of Radio'.
this song is so horrible opposite :)
Simon is a musical and lyrical genius. The two-part harmony, especially the sweetness of Garfunkle's voice, will give you chills.
muy fabulosisisisisisimo es increible
i love this son...........
absolutely beautiful, brings back memories of the best songs written, and always brings a tear to my eyes
i loved this song... I enjoy it everytime i listen....gives peace to the body and soul...
A song of a lost era, but always in may mind. Remember me days of never ending happyness with my friends in hight school in Oeiras, on the sea side at Carcavelos, at the cinema in Lisbon, ryding bykes all over. Then I never thought it will be so prophetic "silence like a cancer grows". God bless S&G.
the sound of silence.
I'm going through a tough time while being overseas. My girlfriend just broke up with me and as with everything that troubles me in life I went to my music for healing. While I was listening to Nancy Sinatra's "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" and after the song was over I thought about how alone I felt and how "silent" it was. How silent it was in my room made me think of this song. I downloaded it and must have listened to it about 50 times in a row.
Sitting trapped inside my mind so quiet I cant even hear my heart beat I listen to silence.
I' m going down with 'The Sound of Silent'
The Greatest song ever.
I am going through a bunch of stuff myself, just thought of this tune and had to look it up. Listen to the words and interpret it however it makes you feel. Me, I need to let my words be heard by others, share my pain with them, talk it out, let it out! Rock on!
WEBOSSS¡¡!! I LIKE IT
One of the best songs i ever heard in my life ... used to hear it when i was 4 years old .. a true taste of music :)
Amazing Song!! One of the best song!
this is a song written with thought feeling and talent.rare,though still written in todays talent. there out there,just got to listen,
i like this song but then i started thinking about it while i was reading Erin McEwens comment, i love his comment, it is true what his saying...
I dont know if you realize but all these comments are exactly what the song is talking about people talking without speaking people hearing without listening.
youre all saying what ever you want and listening o anyone else
the best song ever heard
every time i hear this song i get emotional and tears start rolling down my eyes.
You can't ever say what a song "means" but to me, the poet is lamenting that he get these thoughts when he sleeps, but is afraid to speak them when he awakes. Then he is hit with a flash of light: he must speak. His vision is of thousands of people not listening, not speaking anything of import, and the poets aren't heard. "Fools", he shouts, to those who won't listen or be connected to their fellow man -- "my arms" try to reach you -- but you stay out of reach. Instead, the people bow to their "neon God" (to me this is consumerism) and still don't listen. Why do we think another purchase will make us happy? The truths are there: just read them on the walls and subways. Those are the brave poets who break through the "sounds of silence." Or to be simpler, Simon was just pissed at the music industry for telling him to write "pop hits" and disdaining his songs that had meaning?
really really love this song. i first heard it in a hotel when i went for a vacation to mauritius and then i just fell for it. it really makes sense in todays world. it made me feel so much better after listening to this song.
After a long exhausting day I flopped into bed. Darkness & silence were my welcomed friend as I fell deep asleep. I dreamed I was standing above the earth watching the millions of people talking, but I couldn't understand what anyone said. Then I saw a light & I heard words coming from it. It told me to heed not the chattering world, but find the true prophet. In so doing would I find happiness & in truth would I find Him.
So it seems like sounds of silence are a realm in which the speaker can find some sort of divine truth. However, he tries to share this truth with everyone, but they are engrossed with the neon gods and fail to hear his teachings. He continues to say that silence grows like a cancer, soes this mean that it's like a disease? Then, the neon light which had seemed to block the divine truth that he had come accross blatantly writes the profound statement: "the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls" which is considered to be a whisper of the sounds of silence. There's most certainly an ambivalence toward modernity, because in some ways it blocks this divine realm of sounds of silence, but in other ways it whispers back these holy truths. Any thoughts?
has any body seen an interview to S&G where they explain what they wanted to mean with this message? Please tell me where can i find it to: email@example.com Thank you
TRULY AMAZING SONG... WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THOUGH WHAT EXACT MEANING BEHIND THE WORDS ARE. iT IS ONE OF THOSE SONGS ONE CANNOT GROW TIRED OF.
BAIE MOOI LIEDJIE, EK LUISER DIT OOR EN OOR.
This song is a really good song. it kinda opened my mind for some odd reason. its great.
its very difficult to describe my feelings when i hear this song but somthing that am very much unaware of but not creepy..
i just love this
beautifully sang. poorly written but yet evokes powerful imagery.
although ive been listening Simon and Garfunkel ive never heard this one ..until my english teacher played this in class and taught us about the lyrics
ever since then this has been one of those songs that never left my mind..the lyrics are mysterious
Really good advice for life in a song =)
saw them sing it live in california in 1965. it was awesome
Whatever the mood or situation; there's meaning for yourself in this superb song! For me as an Afrikaner-Boer in South-Africa the lyric I connect with most is "and the people bowed and prayed; to the neon (rainbow) god they made.." After apartheid this "ranbow nation" idea was sold to us. It boils down to multiculturalism, which could work, but for certain NOT in our country where cultures differ so much and the the few whites are overpowered by blacks, mostly of the undeveloped working class with ancestral, idol religions. The whites who gave their souls (so to speak) to this rainbow god are silenced as their fellow-white folk are murdered, tortured, robbed and raped by the aforementioned blacks who want to rid the county of every white skin. And the irony is that most of these whites are deeply religious and believe that they should submit to the rainbow "god", come what may!
The only God comes to us in silence. 10 thousand people or more were worshiping to the creator. Pure sound and light and vision
This song makes me think of my dad, R.I.P. dad, i still miss you
Exelente canción, muy emotiva, con un es muy profundo.
I love this song!!!!!
What a song this is first, heard it in the movie titled "Watchmen". when i did, it triggered memories in my head of childhood. it is one of those songs time make u reflect about life as it is. powerful lyrics borne with meaning beyond it lyrics. i am touched by this song.
In 1969 my high school English class teacher, Mrs Wilson, played it in the record player and made us to write an essay. I fell in love of this song along with another song she assigned "I am a rock, I am an island..."
I think its saying the darkness is the only one he can talk to becuase he had a vision and wanted to do good but no one listened to him just themselves and it was like he did'nt exist, the neon god the people made is basically what seems good but is not, so the real God sends out signs (the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls) this saying there are signs everywhere but no one will lisson, so the sound of silance is the truth, whats really good and it refers to listening to it because no one will. Atleast thats what I think.
just luv this song, so happy I found the worda at last...Im 46 yrs old now but still luv this song, I sing it when alone & it takes me back to those days...
Whenever I listen to this song, it touches me deeply 'coz it really reflects our recent time in my country, Tunisia.
Thanks for Simon & Garfunkel
The Sounds of Silence are the various "silent sounds" people make that represent who they are, what they are truly thinking, what they are feeling and much more.
Simon & Garfunkle, maybe more than any other "band" you really need to listen to the lyrics, like the Beatles there is VERY little of thier music I don't like
It is beautiful that in all of our realities, a single man, a poet, weaved sense of being into our lives. Thought made real. Creative genius. Inspiration at the core of self and society
Simon and Garfunkle are one of my favorite groups ever. I had several of their albums when I was a teenager. I was in a group counceling session yesterday and this song came to my mind. We were discussining how getting things out in the open can be healing. "silence like a cancer grows" To me this means that if you keep your dark secrets inside and never tell anyone the silence keeps growing like a cancer and even though we keep it in and the scars grow over it thick and deep eventually someday the cancer will manifest itself and reek havic in our life.
Pure genius. Too bad I was only 4 years old when the song was released.
First song I danced to with a girl. 6th Gr....1970. Must have been 11 or 12 yrs old. I think she kissed me too. Just heard it again this afternoon and brought back 40 year old memories.
first heard while watchin d movie graduate..awesome song!
"Silence like a cancer grows." We truly are alienating ourselves from one another! and this is very sad :( because were all a big family!:)
Great song....Makes me feel so relaxed and calm.
Nothing Special about the song
The first time i listen this song is from Bandari.
A great song. Heard it for the first time on American Idol today - elimination of Paul. Sad fact but that's the reality of competition...
Heard this song a long time ago, but heard it again on American Idol and remembered that I liked it. : )
sad sad song. yet so deep and abounding in meaning. life goes on 'turn your collar to the cold'
Love that song i didn't think to look up the lyrics 'till i saw the Graduate. Good movie and good song!
THIS SONG IS SO MOTHER F**KEN AWESOME!!!
I bought the LP in the 70'ies and rediscovered it very recently on my turntable with the same
deep emotion. Great song indeed!
gr8 song... Love 2 hear it... Love 2 read it... Love 2 feel it... Since it helps 2 get rid of my lost dreams... My lost feelings...gives voice 2 my silence... Bring me bak 2 ma life..
i like this oldies but goldies song ...
let god try .he will never sing a song so spirited
reveals the best in people
Such a perfect song. No other words needed.
AND THEN GOD SAID 'LET THERE BE LIGHT'.AND THEN CAME THIS SONG FROM HEAVEN AND CREATED LIGHT IN GOD'S OWN WILL.
fuck it man. this is one big butt
I am always amazed at the wisdom and depth expressed in this song. I often sing it to myself when confronted by all knowing wise people who think that an individual cannot have an impact in bringing change when he sees wrong; and therefor must remain silent.
one of the greatest song composed......
full of wisdom; GREAT song; always loved it all these years
this is the song...for ever sang..love this song.
I'm sitting on the bottom of the swimming pool and there's all these people talking at a party above me. Now I hear music, aaah the sound of silence and I absolutely love this song...and mrs. Robinson too....
Don't know why i love this song!!^_^
I love this song
it is the most wonderful and most powerful song,,,..ever!!!!,
Really a sound of silence
I don't know what is so touching about it.Is it the lyrics ? Whatever it is, it makes me feel something in my heart which was never there before. It's so impressive, amazing and extraordinary.
GOODNESS THIS SONG WAS WRITTEN BEFORE MOST OF THE COMMENTEES ABOVE WERE BORN. LIFE HAS NOT CHANGED, IT IS RELEVANT THEN AS IT IS NOW. THE WORDS ARE ABOUT IGNORANCE AND LACK OF EMPATHY. WE All move through life without thinking, without caring. We did this 40 years ago when this song was written and we do it now. Get over yourselves youngsters. in 40 years your kids wiull listen this and still relate.
the words of the prophets are written on the subway Walls, and tenement halls
I was alive then and I am alive now. If anything we have progressed deeper into the well. Texting, email, do we have a human spirit left, do we connect with our fellow man at all. This is the era I came of age. Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Sounds of Silence, Universal Soldier, Give Peace a Chance, lyrics and poets that expressed the turmoil of the western world.
We actually parsed the song in English literature. T
Sounds a lot like the story of Elijah the prophet in I Kings Chapter 19.
I always felt like everyone knew the meaning of this haunting masterpiece and that it had eluded me. I feel better knowing that others love it the way I do, but they're not sure what it means either! It makes me know that my interpretation is as valid as anyone's! At my next winter poetry reading, I intend to make copies of the lyrics and see what my friends think. It should be interesting. Maybe we can discern the writing on the subway walls. Or, at least, break the silence....
who's wall would not melt away after hearing this? takes the desire to hear and feel the connection, the world is a better place right now that's all it takes.
A rare song that has both powerful lyrics and beautifully haunting harmony. This song is a timeless masterpiece.
this song gives me so much peace and im just 15 i love this song nomatter how old it is
is an introspection song..to use the razon..coz we have to think before to talk..
What an amazing song
I love this song so much because it's true for me
This is the sickest song in the world! love it!
This song is about the conformity of the 50s
Its about what you want it to be. For me is about loneliness. It makes me sad in a relieving kind of way. Can cry to it¡¡ and sometimes it does feel good¡
Rumored this will might be sung on 9/11
This song came up at the tenth anniversary Memorial celebration at the Ground Zero in New York on the 9/11/11. I quickly searched for the lyrics on my IPad. It is to say the least just apt. I pray for the souls we lost on that day.
just watched Paul simon sing this in tribute to 9-11 Ten year anniversary... My 11 yr old son asked if the song was written about 9-11-01... I told him maybe--- but it was written 40 years in advance.
This song seems to be written for the victims and families of 9-11.
Just an amazing song! Just heard it live by Paul Simon for the 9/11 tribute. It was beautiful!
Sadly, I have never heard the words until paul simon sang it today at the memorial. read the lyrics over and over until you wake up.
Perfect song for the commeration of 9/11 sang by a great writist of forever remaining words-the sound of silence.
I heard Paul Simon sing this this morning for the 9-11 memorial in New York. Very amazing and moving.
I was looking for the lyrics following the emotional performance by Paul Simon at ground zero today to commemorate ten years anniversary of 9/11. Wonderful and touching.
Made me cry when player at the 9/11 ceremony today!
It was written after the assasination of JFK; about the feeling of the time. Paul Simon singing this today at the New York 9/11 memorial couldn't have been more poignant.
Touching rendition sung by Paul Simon today at the 9-11 memorial. God Bless America!
The SOUND OF SILENCE performed by Paul Simon at the 911 memorial was somehow very appropriate and fitting.
Very moving,it made me cry.
I have always loved that song.
I love it even more now.
This is such a fitting tribute on such a sad day in our history.
We Will Never Forget
Beautifully resung today by Paul Simon, in New York, "Ground Zero", 9/11/2011. That which is true is universally true. That which was true in the 60's, more so today. 10,000 people bow and pray .... the words of the prophet written on the subway wall ... echo wells of silence.
I just watched Paul Simon on live video singing this ... and it was heard by thousands of people on the site of 9/11, there in memorial .... they listened.
Their silence spoke loud and clear to those of us who could also hear, and hear their heartbreak, but, more, their hope, too.
It became ours who could not be there but listened to that deafening sound of silence, nonetheless.
We must never forget.
VERY SENTIMENTAL, AMAZING............
...after 40 years this song still says it all...especially for the 911 Memorial.
so poignant and beautiful to mark this memorial.
Wow. I heard this yesterday morning and can't get it out of my head. Very perfect song for the memorial.
We shall never forget.
Silence resonates as meditative experiences of the Tao. It reveals the true self and connection w/others. We are silent before birth and in death. Paul Simon's words of silence are truly beneficial aspects of life many have forgotten.
This song has been around forever, and I never really listened to the words until 9/11/11. Could not believe the revelence. It gave me the chills. God Bless America
Every person hears this song differently. That's the best kind of poetry. On 9/11/2011, I heard a moment of silence within the song. I also heard a warning of what happens when silence immobilizes our understanding.
My dad has always been a fan of Simon and Garfunkel. I watched a documentary over this song. It was written for the JFK assasination and played in the movie Mrs. Robinson. Silence Best describes a yearning heart. It is a sounds that is engrained in our memory.
Probably, the best song ever.
Amazing song. Perfect for 9/11.
My heart pounded and tears flowed. For over 4 decades this song has been a part of America's collective dna. Thanks, Paul, for helping us to hear it, once again, for the "first" time.
Like this song? Like Sam Kinison? Check out "The Sound of Kinison" Performed by Fred Norris of the Howard Stern Show.
I've actually never heard the original but now I know who sings it and will find it immediately.
Maybe u should also remember the 9/11 in Chile 1973. An an act of american terrorism!
This song will be played at my funeral.
The reason i love all of these old song is for the fact that theyy have meaning, all the songs now-a-days are about some fake girl or guy that the singer loves or wants to fuck, no meaning at all just a bunch of fucking noise thrown together with a beat.
I remember this song back in '65, I was crusin' through Telegraph Ave in Berkeley with no place to turn...no ambition...no life!
It changed me, enlightened me and gave me direction. One simple song gave me life!
Great songs,one of top favourites
I woke up this morning with a feeling of being trapped in a box.
Then, I found myself singing "The sound of Silence"... I Googled it to learned the true liric. The music relaxes me. The reason why it comes to my mind is because within the sound of silence I could get out free and have the experience of seeing everything from above. It is a great song! I will play it in my guitar...
Dejavu. Class of 65, now 65. Returning to ol haunts and seeing anew how love and hope guide our sojourns through life like a guiding star. Reread again the last pages of Loren Eiseley's Starthrower this morning and I am reminded of the unfinished business of love and that we regretably are "still forced to walk warily among our kind". Don McLean's Starry Starry Night rings a chord, too. John Denver's Sunshine On My Shoulders lightens the mood and brings an innocent smile. I love you.
Let me first admit that it is a great song with a lovely touching rythm.......But every time i listen to a good song , I get to wonder if it is the best way to soften the heart and feelings while we better use those feelings on simpathy for causes that are not imaginary , real very sad events like Famin in Africa ....I just wonder if music is just a way for hypnortising our hearts and brains by living moments we r not actually experiencing or don't influence us in any way.....in anyway, it's just a thought that i wanted to share ....
I'm 22 and all I can think of is how good this song would be in a movie after someone has committed suicide in their own home on a farm and the windows are open and there is only a small breeze coming threw blowing the curtins.
I really like to sing this song while I´m playing my guitar...and when I do that, man, I can´t explain how it does feel...I like to sing this song again and again.
Ten years later, I would like to thank Paul Simon for giving us a new national anthem of 9/11. This song has been a part of America's collective dna for over 4 decades, but hearing him sing it on the 10th anniversary, was like hearing it, once again, for the first time.
was struck by the rendition on 9/11 and am still trying to assimilate the meaning. Perhaps Mr. Simon could enlighten us on this site. Hare Krishna!
my auntie showed me this song. absolutely beautiful.
such a good song!!! :)..we really have to speak not just talk and listen not just hear.. :)very nice title, too..
One of their greatest songs, I love I am a rock too.
I'm centering my Prose/Poetry piece for Speech competition around this song. It has a wonderfully deep meaning that can be interpreted to whatever is needed. The harmonies are beautiful...I could listen to it nonstop
Why isn't my song here?
It's about man's inability to communicate to one another.
this song touches a part of your soul that nothing else can.It makes the darkest times easier to understand and easier to take.
My girlfriend (wife now)brought me this song in seventy, since we brought two more to replace because we played/listen so much. One of the best of S&G. Enjoy the lyric and think.
As my body enters the ground, so shall these words ring clear.
Best song I have heard in a long time
What they said^
what a wonderful song it is....!!!!
i chosse this song for english class because it has a strong meaning to life
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i love this song so beatifull
i love this song so gook
i love this song so good
such a good song loving song!!!
So beautiful song, I love it :)
All Angels do an incredible cover of it, acapella too so all you can focus on is the words.
Usually I'm not one for covers but yeah..
My mother listened to those guys when I was a little girl. I loved the voices but now, when I´m older I even listen to the lyrics. To me this song is about people who hasn´t got the right to have an opinion but people will never stop writing songs, talk or listen to others who has an opinion, even if they are threatened to death.
The lyrics have a tone of trueness silence is the best way to solve my problems. When someone comes in, I tell them "Get out, but silently." One of the best songs I've ever heard. Hope to hear another song like this.
Great song filled with emotion. I feel the character in the song is awake and aware of his true spiritual essence. He is out of the box and feels alone in the darkness off reality. That being, he sees all these people are asleep. Like robots they conform and don't hear the truth. They are blinded by the Neon God and are hypnotizes. They only see and hear what the material world wants them to. The truth remains silent. Its the sound of silence that is such a dark place. He so want's them to wake up and become aware of the false reality they are perceiving.
I think that Simon and Garfunkel is the greatest duo to come out of the sixties, Bridge over troubled waters is my all time favorite.
I'm so glad I was in my prime back in the days when this was what you heard on the radio. The music back then was about the music...not about a bunch of choreographed junk to make the singer look good. Stand up to the mike and sing the song...Cheryl Crow vs. Lady Ga Ga. I'll take Cheryl every time. I think if Ga Ga tried it people might discover that she CAN sing pretty good. Guess I'm just to durn old (60 years) but I'm still playing rock-n-roll w/ two bands down here in Central Texas and I reckon I'm way to old to be dancing around on stage... but I do manage to wobble w/ the beat.
i like realy like this song
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i like this song. When i long time ago heard its song listening. Nowaday i repeat still hearing a songs so cool thanks for share is song of lurics
greeting from mongolia
Big head, I'm sorry but this is one of the best songs ever. Few are better, and I know I haven't found it yet. If they need to take this song off, then they need to take every other song off. You have probably never even heard this beautiful song. I need to say that was completely rude of you.
S&G make me remember my wonderful youth ,when I heard them over and over again.And I do consider ' this silence',full of beautiful sounds...
Number one on the charts the day I was born and it still touches my soul
This song makes me want to go to a garden and take a small artichoke out of the ground and say to it 'hey there little fella, everything is gonna be okay' and cuddle it in my arms and take it home and cook for it.
and He withdrew Himself into the wilderness and prayed. Luke 5:16
it's a very nice song to everyone....i like it...
i really like the story of the song..the true friend can sacrifice everything..when i hear it, i feel the love of the composer to his friend.... i really love this.
fuck you all
The song was written by Paul Simon about the lack of communication with his fellow man. he wrote it while in college. although it could have different meaning to whom ever listens to it. at first i thought it was about people being singled out because of being deaf and homeless. but in all the song is a great song
Simon Garfunkel is the greatest poet of the 20th century. Here, he has written its obituary.
THIS SONG IS SO PRETTY OH MY LANDS.
Forget you, dude. I believe you have a couple wrists left to slit. Bug off.
awesome song im learning this in my school
i like the song!!!!!!!!!! even f there is a difficult words
Fuck this song
i hate this song
i like this song :) :) :) :)
Great song wid amazing lyrics:)
The lyrics are amazing,so good, so deep. Love this song.
After so many years of existence, this song is still "GOING STRONG".Congratulations S&G !
Great song but its a warning. Warning!
One of the best ever
1963- JFK Assasinated
"I can't not stop singing this song, for fear that i might see it again."
Beautyful song, cant stop hearing.
Great song...resonates because it's true...
Sometimes, silence is more powerful than screaming words.
This song is so deep and so true.we live next to each other,but we can not understand each other.Life is so hard,but it is a sweet burden.It is God's gift and we have to appreciate it, even if it has downsides too.
Halfsickofshadows if you see this post please announce me.
Hello darkness, my old friend -very seductive
This is a song about going to Hell. And knowing you were always destined for it.
If you haven't already heard it, the band Bobaflex did a cover of this song which is, in my opinion, amazing!
this is a super song do you have heard him from Nick en Simon, no listen him
I teach high school and one of my students and I are singing it at an "acoustic night" at the school. Every time I play it for my students, they universally love it. S & G's songs have a way of staying true 40+ years after they were written. True poetry for the ages!
i love this song...so much..''
never heard of it
I really like this song when I heard this in our school and we perform this duet with my classmate. It has a gòod lyrics,melody,tune and above all it has a meaningful message. <3 :-)
I really like this song @ first heard in our school becoz of the the tune, but when i discoverd that the lyrics has something wrong and bad I ignore this song. This song is blasphemy.
it touches my heart
Fantastic!!! It is the best song what we ever listen to. Our family love it.
this song sucks lol u mad bro?
I think this song is about mans inability to communicate with man, and I also agree that it is about alienation.
It sounds like the internet, face book blogg, people talking without speaking and most of all people hearing without listening and Jesus is screaming at them "hear my words that I might teach you, take my hand that I might reach you" But the sounds just fall on deaf ears into the well of silence!
This song? Marvellous!
IT'S SLOW BUT CERTAINLY A LOVELY SONG
Muie la jidanii sionisti. in rest, bag pula-n jidovi si jidovitzi.
Beautiful song! So true, now a days, with all the technology, more than ever people move around but do not listen or hear others around them. Sad but true!
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I love this song ever since I was a child! I heard it again after watching Watchmen, my favorite movie. This song really has some wisdom and it's sung calmly and despite its length, it is not boring at all.
Wow. I CONNECT. Much of what everyone is posting holds true form me. The pace is the same as mine when when I walk. I listen to it almost all the time over n over. Its addictive. In such a comforting, divine way. I think there's more to this song than meets the eye. It speaks to the soul.
This is one of my favourite songs...themed on the darkness yet gives you strength and a power in need...
Thinking of these lyrics in te context of Child Sexual Abuse is... I can't think of the right word. It covers the personal (verse 1) the fronting (verse 2) the commonality (verse 3)the silence (verse 4) and the social response (verse 5)
I cried when I finally felt the true meaning of this song. How inspiring and profound words can be.
SELINA, YOU GOT IT 150% RIGHT.
No matter how many times I listened to this song, I just feel something new comes when I listen to it. Songs like this are like something out of this planet. You can't explain it, you feel it. PURE POETRY.
Purfect harmony. Reflective lyrics. Pure beauty. Yeah I can hear the Sound of Silence.
have always loved this song...would like to find out how to obtain vocal performance rights for use with instrumental version (without melody)
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If you look to listen to what people really have to say, the silence can't overcome the music. Because when people speak, they sometimes say the things they think they need to keep hidden without realizing it.
48 years old and still kickin:)
Saw the graduate in 68 and this is the opening song as Benjamin is walking thru the airport ..actually an escalator ...but it had been out before the movie and was one of Simon and Garfunkels bigger early hits....it's sad that today's music pales in comparison to music from the past....Sinatra ...the Beatles ...Simon and Garfunkel...Peter Paul and Mary...
Prophetic of psychotronic technology?
People writing songs that voices never share.......
...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...
Beautiful song - interesting, isn't it - the theme struck by this song in anothyer era - disconnect & alienation - is still fitting four decades later? With technology putting us in touch with each other more than ever, what's happening to the meaning of our words? The more we speak, the less we say?
I love the words; however, it makes me sort of sad in reminding me of working for many years inside a dysfunctional system that labels "silence" no communication under the guise of "ethics" whereas, it simply is means Stockholm Syndrome. People are conditioned to not speak beyond brief, meaningless chit chat, don't think, don't speak, don't feel under the guise of "ethics" keeping power in the hands of those in power.
Will my comments earlier today be posted?
I love this song so beatifull
Great song, great lyrics. Its a song with hidden meaning.
Amazing and beautiful song. It has gotten me through so many things along with the LORD's help :')
this song is awesome like me! It is really amazing
It is a wonderfull song about the disappearing of the self, the loneliness, the emptiness of the soul and the global lack of love. All the problems of the modernism is inside the song. Thats why it is genious.
AWESOME SONG !!!!!!
heard the song on "Watchmen" & really fell in love with it..... amazing touching song that really you feel going down into your heart..... would luv to have such more songs.....
When i hear this song i remember my oldn days... I just love this song.. Thank u for the song n music...
I had a vision. once the white levels of sea-fulls like white paint everlasting. through my naked eye(sand was thrown "sinisterly" upon me, by my non blood relative. Then I , after understanding what just happened, suffering, continued to bat my eye lashes rapidly on and off like an ocd freak out (light ON light OFF). light ON light OFF)....
sign diligence profound silence -without a word will you go through the day. and then yoy shall be silent all throught the day. listen. and communicate emotionaly.
the latter vision shall bring wings graced upon my back!
my favorite lines are "hello darkness my old friend. I've come to talk with you again" and "the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls" i sing this song to my chickens an the fall silent i love this song!!! it's very good
fuck this song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
its all about one thing,the gift of GOD
It's about government mind control using Silent Sound technology available since 1960.
Look it up...Scared yet? you Should BE!
Great song and i never bored to hear it.first time i hear this song is on the movie "watchmen"
This is one of my favorite songs. It needs no autotuning, no tacky guitar solos and no obnoxious noise. Its pieced together with a professional approach and a great ear. The music lets the lyrics speak for themselves and the whole song flows really nicely. Beautiful.
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Fatty fatty did a poo, must have been Arjun in the loo! He ate so many farty beans, his farts zoomed him out of the earth whoopee! He burped out Anish, a chicken or two, and in turn he swallowed some poo!
Fatty fatty did a poo, must have been Arjun in the loo! He ate so many farty beans, his farts zoomed him out of the earth whoopee! He burped out Anish, a chicken or two, and in turn he swallowed some poo! Once somone told him he was silly, he got undressed and shook his willy. Once he tried to play some sport, but he got laughed at 'cos his legs had warts! His legs were so fat they thought he was a turkey, so they ate him up at Christmas - quite quirky!
love is song
Sometimes we sense something very profound even when we don't fully understand it. This song talks about Darkness - the absence of light and Silence - the absence of sound. When we allow ourself to become familiar with these and other absences we can by meditating allow our mental business to calm to such an extent that we experience inner Nirvana. When we listen to this song we feel a tiny part of that Nirvana. Imagine a place where
"People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening" because they were so united. Know this place exists inside us we just need to give ourselves some inner space to experience it!
Funny, I keep checking on this thread every couple of months and Its cool to see it growing! Long live truth and beauty! And mr. Fatty. . . Seriously!
I was born in 1954 and saw the 60's bloom. At that time S&G were a bit low key for the times. I am 57 now and more mellow. I just came back from driving up the entire California coast and I brought the new release of their greatest hits with me and The Sounds of Silence was so fitting to much of the scenery. Another tune that I really love is The Boxer. "I am just a poor boy thuogh my story seldom told..." How many million lives does that fit from todays poor to perhaps ancient slaves. Its fun to dream!!
I cry when i hear this song. AMAZING
I've heard this song on the radio and I absolutely love it!
We had several deaf students perform this back in high school-1985. It gave a whole new meaning to the Sound of Silence and 'people talking without speaking, people hearing without listening' line. There was hardly a dry eye in the place! I still tear up when I hear this song!
To whichever dear reader said that, whilst listening to this song, he thought of Ron Paul: kindly go and gag yourself with a chainsaw. That is the most protracted, unlikely interpretation of any song, ever. Good day, sir.
Why is there solace in silence? Why are our dreams oppressed by voices that have supreme sovereignty? If we allow ourselves to speak up against these voices, then the purgatory of silence would be disrupted and thus be exposed and vulnerable to the torment of solitude. Words, however strong we wish them to be will always remain weak. What can we do? What can we say? With dreams that only endeavor to superficial lengths, no matter the intentions, we will all amount to the sound of silence.
It is night in the Serra Catarinense, we hear The Sound of Silence by S&G and we are in awe! AWESOME!
Thank you Simon&Garfunkel for sharing this wonderfull song with us.
yo and yo
awesome song man
This is true poetry. I wish songs like this would still be recorded ...
Truly one of the greatest songs ever written. I see a lot of people mention that it was written after JFKs assassination. A tragic thing to have happened, but as unfortunate as it was, necessary for the civil rights movement. It is widely argued now that the rights if minorities could not have been pushed through Congress by JFK, and in fact was one of the few good things accomplished by LBJ. Many are now saying that he was the only one that could have done it.
This song sucks ass
one of my fav
I cannot express my feelings about this song in words
Beautiful and powerful lyric that inspires deep thought and interpretation. Depends where you are and have been in life. A classic in all respects. Deviant76 puts it in a nutshell. Same with Bridge Over Troubled Waters.
This song is absolutely unexplainable. Take all the unsaid emotion found in some of these comments tie it all together, and you can see a glimpse of what I feel each and every time I hear this song. My mother introduced me to Simon and Garfunkel only a few years ago (I am a teenager), and I can find no song or singer that I like better, and few that I like as well.
As claimed above, if listening to this song leads you to thoughts of Ron Paul then you must clearly be an early benefactor of the pharmaceuticalsÂ for all provision contained within the equally ridiculous Obama-Care legislation
song is amazing lyrics are out of this world takes the breathe away they touch the heart...speechless
the one who wrote this song...hats off..from bottom of the heart
Hearing the songs while you are alone staring at a starry night, lying on top of a mountain realy sooths my spiri
:) Obviously different things to different people, but Paul Simon says he wrote it while reflecting on the assassination of JFK.
Sounds of silence has been my favorite song since it came out.watching them perform live was an outright blast never to be equaled fantastic song
i love this song, old but awesome, lol
I looooooove this song!!!!! My teacher had us sing it in chorus for the concert were having!!! Even though it doesn't really have a solo she made one for it and im so totally getting that part! Its so beautiful and quiet, perfect to end the loud songs were going to sings. It's tomorrow, wish me luck! lol ;P
sound of silent is ever green song.it really touch my heart.poetry has deep meaning.today the world is running too fast that we don't care to say hello to our friends.love one another.it is a perfect song.so stay tune.
this is one of those perfect songs. thank you paul and art.
Beautiful melody...a timeless favourite
one of the greatest songs of the music
this song is the bomb/ killer yo.
Bobaflex does a awesome cover of this song. Check it out.
This is a great song, and although I will proberbly never know the true meaning, I have interpreted it acording to my situation, as many others also have. It is AMAZING, and everyone should hear it!!!!
awesomee song i love it
This is very inspiring. It really shows out the truth of life where ever it places itself. I think of relativity of Einstein and the Third Law of Newton. These guys were really inspired and thoughtful.Listen to the Silence of the Music, there the words are written.
it reminds me of the graduate
Yes I'm here because I'm watching WNET!
I heard this sound from my neighbor one night before I was told I had HIV, that night I was anxious about the result.
Has the silence been broken yet?
Are you idiots listening?
Is the fun I bring really worth more than the lives of little children?
The teachers are the heroes, even though they too are dead.
And the NRA, for once, is silent.
It's about Paul Simon when he was a kid jerking off in the dark trying to be quiet so he don't wake his parents up. The rest of it is about guilt what he has done, excuses of why, temptation, paranioa, confusion about religion and sin "halo -light-darkness-prophets"
Sung by Paul Simon at the funeral of Victoria Soto, the heroine schoolteacher. "Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you"
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
In the wells of silence"
At 86 years of age and at this time of year I give thanks to those who wrotethose almost biblical verses from their still youthful approach to life and some god given understanding of our human predicament
And those verses ring down to our own tomented times sung for the noble Victoria In the silence e will hear ,one day,the answer,which has to be, the open arms of love and one day they will not fall into the wells of silence
this is what music should be all about! I hope S & G jnr have heard this master piece because they can use the sweet voice of their parents to give us somthing like this one of these days. This song is just the best song i have ever heard; sad, meaningful and touching. Not to speak of the harmonization and vocals that were both near perfection. Special thanks to the guy whos suggested the song to be used in the movie ''the watchmen'' it fits the movie and Dr. Manhattan was guilty of the silence. I would luv it to be played in my burial . and why the fuck r these guys not singing good stuff like this...com to think abt it, y r muscians writing songs that voices dnt share?
the song that wil live on forever . . . . I love this song so much . .
i can't stop listen this song, eternal, the best one song made with no doubt
what a prophetic song. anyone ever noticed the mosaic tiles in the subway near the tenement buildings erected after 9/11? illuminati symbols.... prophecy of the end times... scary
It's cool, it's relaxing, it's prophetic and it's mind stimulating. This is one song that keeps bringing nostalgic feelings to wonderful heights. There has been several of such great tunes but this one stands out for sure. I seriously like the calmness of ''the sound of silence....''
It's stuck in my head. Such a great song!
This is a song of ambivalence. The pendulum swings widely. It needs fine tuning. It needs refinement. We want certainty. We want definition. That way, we know where we are going. We know what path to take. We know if our decisions are the right ones for our lives. We talk. We love to talk. We listen. We act. We love to love. We love to be loved. It comes down deep in our sounds of silence.
This is my first time of listening to this song, and I love it. I now regret that I never listened to any Simon and Garfunkel.
These guys were practicing witches and the song is prophetic. Sound of silence technology is what you have in your television since they switched you from monologue to HD. This song is telling you that while you are watching one thing, your neon god is feeding you something entirely different. Yes, its called mind control. People talking without speaking is texting and internet, which we didn't have back when this song was written. This is not a beautiful song, it is about the dumbing down and mind control on the public through the use of interconnected technology. Think about it.
I would give anything to be able to write something as profound as the sound of silence. It's a snapshot of a perfect moment in music.
Why is it that no-one seems to notice that this song is all about the danger of television. The people bow and pray to the neon god they've made and end up talking without speaking etc. The family sits together in silence, transfixed by the pathetic junk served up on the tv and no longer communicate.
A wonderful song but sadly misunderstood by many who, apparently, hear the song without listening!
My favorite song of all after 63 years, and one of the best ever sung. To me it's about being a kid in a scary world...to others many other things. Beautiful.
SAYA SANGAT KAGUM DENGAN SYAIRNYA
WALAUPUN LAGU TERSEBUT SUDAH 60 TAHUN LEBIH.
yeah i like this song
such a lovely and balladic song... i feel moved everytime i listen to this beeeeaaauuutiful song. more than a song...it's genuine poetry in itself. immortal creation...
i think of ;how often my family listens to; me but never understands o;r cares to hear what i am saying. i sing the lyrics when i am feeling low. my family has no; empathy whatsoever. i also think about the song when i am lonely. sit seems no one really listens with their heart any more except for a few select people.
So glad to finally figure out what they were singing! I couldn't figure out who the "anti-Jew" was. Now I know they're saying "that I might teach you"... lol
this song reminds me of the catcher in the rye how holden is always so lonely and depressed
Its my day...my song,...Love it
To the anonymous person who on August 16, 2012 posted in reference to a comment from June from 17, 2008 lambasting the commenter: how cowardly of you to attack someone 4 years later. Better to have just kept your comment to yourself than to have spoken without speaking. And I pray my comment coming almost a year later isn't as cowardly. Open your mind and escape the silence.
This is a great song. I agree with a lot of what many have said. Has anyone read Ray Bradbury's novel, Fahrenheit 451. It captures the dark and lonely feelings of the main character which is a result of the thoughtless, disconnected society found in Bradbury's novel.
I wouldn't have known this song had it not been for the movie "The Watchmen" Edward Blake's funeral. It is a good song but it's a bit depressing.
The beat isn't fast enough
I LIKE THE BEAT
It's me-a a-mario
I was a kid when this song hit. English teachers across the country had a field day with it. It is written in a literary style similar to abstract art. Open to interpretation by every listner, in every decade under every circumstance. To me it is anything but comforting, I do not consider darkness a friend at all. But that is just me. As I said, it is written in abstract style, open for interpretation. This is probably the reason for its success across the decades and across generational lines.
I think its prophetic and about the control and dehumanisation of the human race. Zombies - grow and build our humanity and universal consciousness.
I am of course glues to the Boston bombing news coverage, and this song popped into my head out of nowhere. Hmmmmmm... just so horrified that this is all a reality.....
i sing this song in choir but some of the verses are different
My 12 year old son, sang this to me he would have been 56 today if he was alive. He was just getting his 'man;' voice... and I can still see him there in my living room singing that song to me. I had no idea what it was about at that time.
I interpret "Hello darkness my old friend" as the words a lonely person would use to accept a fact (s)he can not change: that we're lonely no matter what. Those people 'talking without speaking', 'hearing without listening' - they form this loneliness..
It's sad, but what can we do.. one person can't change the situation by himself..
Beautiful song.. inspired.. I loved it even without understanding the words..
@irishmo - I'm sooo soooory for your son..
My school & I are singing this for swing choir..it's a good song & it explains so many things & has so many hidden meanings. My friend Sara loves it. (:
How amazing how many comments there are here! My mum had this album when I was young and it was a song we had to sing in primary school music, so it's been in my head for a long long time. I've just recently bought it, thought I should check the real words rather than the mangled verses I was singing along with. :-)
Great song Great singers
One of my all-time favorite songs. Nearly brings me to tears every time I listen to it. I LOVE the fact that this song is played in the new season 4 episodes of Arrested Development on Netflix!
This is the musical representation of my mental anguish.
This is a masterpiece. I loved it.
I Love this song with all of my heart, the lyrics are amazing and the tune is even better
Im so glad that they put this song in watchmen otherwise I would never have heard of this song
I am very like this song
I would like someone to explain this beautiful song to me. I'll be grateful.
Well people have been asking me why someone of my age do like songs of this nature and I always tell them that when you listen to an old song you are at that time as old as the song itself. But this particular one I must say stand out among others. It makes me think deep what you can hear when everyway is silence and it content as really given me the answer.
"Fools!" said I. "You do not know! Silence, like a cancer, grows!"
In the 4 decades since this song was written, there have been a lot of such cancers. You'd think people, at least some of us, would learn; but no.
Listen to the version of this song from Bobaflex, uptodate and soooo nice.
This is DEFINITELY my favourite song! Love the tune, lyrics and harmonies :)
Hate to be a naysayer, but some of you need to get remedial English help, worse then me. I always associate this song with the movie that followed "Midnight Cowboy". It is one of the greatest songs of the 60's and possible all times. There are many really great songs from early R&R, find them. Darkness = death. Worst decision ever: S & G break up. Hope G liked "Catch-22".
This song is based on the 8 Beatitudes
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.
Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
When I first heard this song many years ago, it lbegan my musical journey. Now after many years it is a reoccurring tune that I continue to find myself humming during idle moments. Thank you to the artists for a magnificient tune!
The saddest song EVER.
To think that I saw the movie "watchmen" and never heard this song. I just finished the movie again and I can't explain it... I've been singing this song in my head for a week now. Never heard anything like it.
hello old friend :')
This song was great in its day ahead of things..With all the "political correctness" and the sensoring of "words" in today's news, this is quite apropo...genius..
you all should try listening to the St Andrew's Girls Choir version of this. its the best ive ever heard.
i´m from paraguay... and really i love so much this song too...this song inspirated me to learn so so english...
PREACH IT FROGSLEGS! I love you. I live on a cobblestone road in the darkness but all of the rest of the world seems to live for the flash of neon. I can't stand it. I try to teach that darkness is a good thing, but I just don't have the power of the light.
after so many years, the social relevance of this song is still so evident today. Our society may have progressed because of the information technology, but people's attitude has become worst... the values of the youth today has deteriorated... today young people and adults the same bow and pray to the neon god they make ...spiritual growth fell into the wells of silence... social awareness still remains in the sound of silence... people experience hunger and poverty, war still exist, greed and power too... and many more... the voices still remains in the sound of silence...
Such an earth shattering , magnetic , spiritually healing , haunting tune !!! I
just love the harmonizing of the two
Absolutely Beautiful voices of Simon
& Garfunkel , the sound resonates and
sort of hypnotizes the Mind , Body & Spirit
straight into a meditative state !!!! Just love this , such beauty and a gift to humanity !!!!
awesome .. i like this song very much..
this song is awesome even it is past a days or past a yer it cannot be going old just bec, this song is great
I song it kill mr. obuma. Kill gwb. Kill simon. I know is hi.
It`s about hating city life and darkness is your escape from the hê11 on earth. I should know considering I wrote it.
This should be Edward Snowden's song.
People should listen to him and demand better from their governments.
i Really like it .. ! :) it was sound so great.......
wow! wow! What synchronization, how deep, touching, sentimental!! Funny, this one flopped when released in 1964. only entered the U.S charts in 1966 to reach no.1. HA! HA!......
This song couldn't help but I loved it. It didn't stop me killing but I loved it. it didn't stop me dying but I loved it.
I love this song since I watch the movie Graduate. I don't care about the movie but the song is too amazing.
I thought the tune was about a nuke going off, flash of neon light,thousands people,cancer etc
people applauding the neon gods(creators ww11 victory).
what a haunting melody.....lyrics are so poetic....
This song is truly the best song ever...
And will last forever....
The both vocalis sang the same lyrics was amazing....
The melody was so harmony come with wow factor lyrics makes this song the best ever....no other song can beat.
I dont care i love it
Its a nice sound inspired in Jesus using drugs, i will be present in the case and later will going to smoke weed.
Above you is humanity. Below you is your means to contribute. Do better than we did.
This a great song
This truly is one of their best songs.
Truly a heart touching song. Love the lyrics.
its touch to my heart I love it
The most touching song I have ever come across. It makes me think of all beloves present as well as or even more the passed away. Truly a song of peace for mankind ....., if it could understan...
The most touching song I have ever come across. It makes me think of all beloves present as well as or even more the passed away. Truly a song of peace for mankind ....., if it could understand.
a good song. When I hear this song I think of the today's society, with all the technology "neon god" we have, and how people are so dependent on it all, and no one can think for themselves. It's scary, and just like the song says, "silence like a cancer grows". it only gets worse each day, but maybe someday people will stop and read the writing on the subway walls.
Makes me feel guilty for hiding the truth
I was lucky enough to have been there during that time period as I am now in my late 60's.
A timeless masterpiece it is.
But what else would you expect from a generation that produced,
"The Masters of the 20th Century"
its a really nice song... listening to the song bring back a lot of good memory.. im just 35y old... but i grew up with this song my parent used to played the song while we are gathering in our family room... talking laughing...
heard this on kuschel rock 4 n luvd it
heard this on kuschel rock 4 and luvd it
Your all thinking too deeply.. This song is about graffiti
Its more then a song its a message simply beautiful
Glad to see so many love this song. It really does have tons of interpretations. A sign of a legendary song.
it's poetry about silence, listening to it make people feel better, that's the aim of poetry
I just love this song
I wonderful song that describes the condition of todays society noone can argue this song reveals the dark side to tecknology
what a wonderful song! no words to express my feelings !
A haunting song, in more ways than one. Universal in its themes, rich in its range and depth of meaning and interpretation. Timeless in its appeal. A friend since it came out in 1964; I was 16. A companion as I've meandered thru the the past 50 years. It's taken that long for me to feel drawn to darkness as a friend; well, a kind of friend. Thank you Mr Simon; I'm in your debt.
Yes, it's haunting song. And mesianic , but in some reverse meaning, yet to be unveiled, and thus understood with clearly, openly spoken text.
Does this lyric not mean this , what had been said almost two and half thousand years ago, in Old Testament?
Namely: "...They see , but do not perceive. They listen, but do not understand"?.
..with the following, even more relevant meanings, which I am not going to quote all of them here further. Just think about it.
The cover by Kina Grannis is really pretty.
It's a very beautiful song, I like to sing it. It's my favourite!
Wow so many comments. This song always makes me feel good and motivates me.
all above my feelings. .at tims mak me cry. .othr tims mak me quiet n witdrwn frm everytng bt 2 sit smply lukng at d evng sun. . D dpth tat ths songs gvs is hauntin. .still love it a lot. . Thanksss to my Love
Whenever i lidten to this song i feel so awesome.i really don't know how much i love this song.it's hard to describe that feeling with words.this song is more than 40 years old.but old is always gold.i'd like to listen this song when i feel down.most of all this song kind of says one story in my life.....
Everything, beyond this particular song, or would I SAY: very very "peculiar" song, i.e. almost all texts written after this song, did not really matter, from my point of view, cause this song did really express everything: yes, it is really really charming lyrics combined with instrumental music into this unique song, with its haunting atmosphere, yet, while still "flashing its warning!...."
I'm in class seven now, and on my last day of class six, I told my music teacher, 'Sir, if you take our class in seven, will you teach us the sounds of silence?' On the first music class he told us, 'Write the name of the song, children, the sound of silence' :) really beautiful song, has an inner meaning :)
I feel complete bliss whenever i hear ds song. I play whenever im sad or feeling down. Tnx s&g
we played this at my brother's funeral last year. We grew up in the 60-70's and he would play this on the piano or guitar. It will always be a special song and stay in my heart
Silence speaks for me: "..........."
I'm singing this in my church service this Sunday. Such an amazing song, with profound lyrics!
Wow wow wow
it is a refrence of an old testament prophet who felt he was afraid and felt he was the only one who worshiped God, then God open the heavens to show him legions who were with him. darkness when he sleeps and has night visions. The vision left a seed, (word of God) Narrow path is the way of God the narrow way, cobble stone is solid spritiual ground. Neon light, is artificial false light. People do not want to see the dark truth so they create a false light. when the hear the truth they see and hear it not. The words of the prophets. on subway wall is a warning to the poor. wake up, but their fear keeps them silent and then the silence like cancer grows, then their fears are brought upon them. hand writing on the wall. Old testament prophecy to king nebachannezar
it appears as if all of their songs are written symbolically.
parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme are in reference to bitter herbs eaten at Passover. Mrs. Robinson is reference to the apostate, adulteress church.
got something meaningful after a long time
i really like this song .so. many wise ..
So many comments..no one see preditive reference to smart phones..neon gods..In the words that it was forming...FB and all unsocial media...anyway..timeless.
So many comments..no one see predictive reference to smart phones..neon gods..In the words that it was forming...FB and all unsocial media...anyway..timeless.
Amazing voice and acoustic guitar playing !! I've been listening to this song over and over .. In the naked light I saw ... Ten ..
best song ever
It's incredible how a "simple song" like this can convey something so profound.
I don't understand very well what they wanted to transmit, but music is so fantastic that I don't have to know it, I feel the song, and I fell the message.
It's incredible, because can not explain in words, it's much more deep, and intimate and intensive
Its a pure magic! This song is about people in their total are blind and deaf, people living their lives inside a head not the heart.
I love this song. Amazing!!!
very good song
I am entranced by the deep theological lyrics of this disonent song.
A true classic song from a true classic movie, "The Graduate." We could use a few more of these.
You learn more from a three minute record than you ever learned in school.
I have experienced the sound of silence somewhere between just was and pleasurable to recall.
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Not surprising the nut-bucket god squad trying to hijack this fab song for their useless struggle; clearly they're not seeing what is on most 'subway' walls these days
A picture a man without Christ, therefore without hope or eternal like. I would love to share a coffee with there guys.
john fortune sober up before you post on the internet!
the darkness is the eternal destyni of everone of us.
the darkness is the destyni of everyone of us, deth!
Haunting. Daunting. The song remains. Read every Damn comment. I'm a Nigerian, hearing this song for the first time after watching Bobby and I'm profoundly moved.
Putting together the various meaning it has to commentees, I think this song is never going to have one interpretation. It could mean anything, but it's lyrics is ultimately reflective. Words do have power indeed.
Haunting. This is the most awesome song i ever listen. First time I heard this song in the movies Graduate. Then I go to buy all Simon & Garfunkel 's album.
If you like this song listen to Disturbed's version of it.Awesome(
I actually came here to read the lyrics as I listened to Disturbed's cover. It's only one guy singing so no harmony, but having listened to several other Disturbed songs, I didn't know he could sing like that.
I had heard this song before and I always thought of it as just another sad song but it wasn't until I heard it in the movie Watchmen that I looked at the lyrics, being a science fiction fan as I am; I realized that this song Is about awareness about our world and the choices that we made as a country and as human beings; and its also very comforting because it tells us that we always can go back to ourselves and talk to our conscience and sometimes our enemies are really the best part of us or we are our own enemy and we need to talk to us.
I'm plenty old enough to remember when this song was first introduced and I actually like Disturbed's version better.
Very powerful song.
David Draiman (Disturbed) has a 5 octave range and can sing baritone and tenor - he nailed this - S&G were amazing, but Draiman's version is the bomb...
Sounds like they're telling us to not be silent. Speak the truth even if it is hard to hear.
Read the book "I See Far"
Disturbed â€“ The Sound of Silence the best
I read, a while back, that they wrote this song as a response to JFK's assassination. Like people needed to talk to each other... that it was somehow a lack of communication among people that such a tragedy could happen.
Really The Disturbed Great Perfomance
Try listening to the Distrubed cover of this song... Much more emotion and soul in the video on youtube
Vainey said it best. Well put. So much insight in what you said. I'm impressed.
Neon lights in the city hustle and bustle. Stock market tickers, Hollywood screens, phone and computers screens, billboards, public transportation and public housing signs pinned to cork boards, but, where sound waves in wells should echo in reverberation, there are none. The rat race becomes so robotic.
It was written before the assassination of JFK and released after.
Poor Ben Affleck
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If you like this song, find the cover by the group Disturbed.
I was born in 1937 in hell's kitchen NYC .
This song has always spoken to me. Simon and Garfunkel sing to the people I grew up with. Rough life but I am still alive to tell about it. Thank you sounds of silence.
Honestly, Disturbed does this song much better.
I love the song though.
Rock out with your C**k out
Oh my gosh, so many years of comments on the lyrics of this song! After the many singers who have sung it beautifully, NO ONE can match the version by Disturbed on Conan. Here we are in 2017 & the words are so appropriate for all the hatred, vitriol, disrespect & lies bantered back & forth after our election.....people not listening to each other & speaking like children. Neon gods & the sound of silence.
My Uncle Tony used to say there is nothing new under the sun. It used to annoy me because I disagreed with him. However, as I have grown older I see what he meant. The human condition is the same bell shaped curve as it was in the sixties. Insight and ignorance, darkness and light, love and hate, wisdom and stupidity. The politics of division is nothing new. The press taking sides seems new. But is it? Big money has always tried to rule the day. The difference today is the media can not brainwash all of the people all of the time. They elected a candidate that was not representing the establishment. The Sound of Silence is symbolic of the distance between the so called Liberals and Conservatives. I think we are headed for more destructive behavior, which may bring down our country. America requires mutual respect from all sides; our leaders have forfeited their duty to country, and instead have made their party and power their gods. Sounds of silence may come to pass.
great song ever.
I wish it to be played during my funerals
In a brilliant stroke, Ken Burns uses "Sounds of Silence" as the background music for Episode 3 of "The Vietnam War," first broadcast tonight (in the U.S.) on PBS. The episode title is "Resolve" and the last two scenes feature (1) a disillusioned West Point grad who lost two classmates and good friends on his first mission, little more than a week after arriving in Vietnam, and (2) the younger sister of a 19-year-old volunteer who is told by her (then) best friend that people who have lost someone in the war have no voice in discussing it, because they are forced to think the departed died for a just cause. "The Sounds of Silence", which Paul Simon claims is an anthem of youthful alienation, perfectly fits the mood of these two closing themes.
I believe this is the first song I heard from S & G. Made quite an impression. It crossed generational lines since my folks were totally in to them and this song as well.
Now, the neon light has been replaced by our smart phone. (He said while looking at his phone.)
Version by Disturbed is best Iâ€™ve heard.
The sounds of silence is here itâ€™s called texting people talking with out speaking hearing with listening amazing they predicted the future all those years ago something to think about what are we going be doing 20 years from now mind reading telepathic communications God help us
love this song so meaningful to me and sad
Do yourself a favour and check out Larkin Poe covering this song. It can be found on YouTube is is so amazing, simply beautiful.
I think I felt this way when I left the Veitman in 1969.
The melody is soothing and the words are too, but they have great meaning. It was a time when TVs became popular and people were watching quietly in lieu of having personal conversations. It has only amplified today, and so is just as relevant.
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reading this gave me acid flashbacks
Songs like this are rare