“The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel
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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,
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs
that voices never share
And no one dare
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 whispered in the sounds of silence.’
Songwriters: Paul Simon
COMMENTS ON PREVIOUS SELECTION – “If I Had a Hammer”
Justice, freedom and love are characteristics of the Kingdom of God, but we are reminded by this song that they do not come – indeed the Kingdom does not come – unless people call it into existence with the tools at their disposal: the ‘hammer of justice’ and the ‘bell of freedom’ and the ‘love they share’ with their brothers and sisters all over the land.