The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel

Simon and Garfunkel were an American folk-rock duo consisting of Paul Simon, singer-songwriter, and Art Garfunkel as a singer. One of best-selling groups of the 1960s their biggest hits include The Sound of Silence, Bridge over Troubled Water, and Mrs. Robinson.

The Sound of Silence is one of the biggest hits by Simon and Garfunkel. The song was written by Paul Simon in 1963-64 and was recorded in March 1964 at Columbia studios in New York City for inclusion on their debut album, Wednesday Morning, 3AM. The album was a commercial failure and the group disbanded. In 1965 The Sound of Silence began to attract airplay in Boston and throughout Florida and releasing the single in 1965 when it hit No.1 on the Billboard Top 100 in January 1966.

The Sound of Silence Lyrics

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 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
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 whisper’d in the sounds of silence

Songwriter: Paul Simon

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