Sound 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

The sound of silence...

Still remains

Within the sound of silence.

In restless dreams I walked alone

Narrow streets of cobblestone,


I turned my collar to the cold and damp!

'Neath the halo of a street lamp,


When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light

And touched the sound of silence.

It split the night...

The sound of silence...


And the people bowed and prayed

To the neon god they made.

Fools. said I, You do not know

Silence like a cancer grows.




Ten thousand people, maybe more.

And in the naked light I saw

People hearing without listening (listening)!

People talking without speaking,


System check!

Neon black!


In the words that it was forming.

The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls

And the sign flashed out its warning,

And tenement halls.

And whispered...

In the sound of silence.

The sounds of silence...

The sounds of silence!


The sounds...

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

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