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Art Garfunkel – The Sound Of Silence lyrics

Hello, darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left it's 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 it's 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 whisper'd
In the sound of silence

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    Given that Simon and Garfunkel were very against the Vietnam War (this song was made during the war), and the semi-recent nuclear bombardment (at one point it mentions a neon god that humans made, possibly a burning mushroom cloud), on Japan, I think this song is about the silence that comes when a topic like the Vietnam War or nuclear conflict comes up, and that they want people to break the silence and speak out against nuclear armament. Just a thought.
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