The sound of silence

This had always been a song that intrigued me. I remember analyzing it in a high school English class.  I heard it today and it dawned on me that Paul Simon  may have forseen the future. Human contact and communication is greatly changing. It has become very silent.  I love my cell phone as much as anyone, but it’s so weird how much everyone depends on them. I look at a crowded food court in the mall, and few people are talking to each other. Everyone is on their phones. But not for speaking. 

Technology has connected us in ways I’m sure we’re not even imaginable in the 1960’s. But I think we are actually disconnecting from one another. It has been so long since I spoke to a friend on the phone. Text text text.

The sound of silence 

Simon and 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 sound of silence. 


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