The 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
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 whisper'd in the sounds of silence.
* The title and the words of the song convey a social message and encourage a certain course of action. These two ideas are best illustrated in:
a) There is a lack of communication among people and they should speak out for what they believe in.
b) We all have moments of loneliness and we should attempt to move on by meeting different people.
c) Silence is better than a thousand words and people should think twice before speaking their minds.d) The world is a comprehensible place and we should take full advantage of its life experience opportunities.
* The words of the song writer in the last two stanzas are quite instigating. His intention is to denounce humanity's neglect towards the concept of: