Posted by: Rob | July 10, 2008

Song Lyric Thursday – July 10 2008

Music has been somewhat absent from my life for the past couple of weeks.  During the long drive home from Iowa, the iPod stayed in the centre console and the radio, including XM, was just muted for much of the way.  It seems that there are times when no music – no sound, no noise – is better.  When we did have the radio, we would be listening to news stations.  We’ve found that on given XM radio stations, while station reception is nearly always available no matter where you are, the playlists are somewhat short and it isn’t long before it becomes clearly repetitive.

I listened to my iPod for a little while at work today.  First time in well over two weeks.  Nothing memorable there, so the only thing I can come up with today to align with no music is The Sounds of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel.

The Sounds of Silence

by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
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
And echoed
In the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls”
And whispered in the sounds of silence

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And here, courtesy of youtube, is Simon & Garfunkel performing this haunting ballad:



  1. I like this one, but then I cut my teeth on Simon and Garfunkel.

  2. Love Simon and Garfunkel. I’ve listened to the Concert in Central Park so much, I feel like I was there.

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