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Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel: what
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OK, i want to make this as short as possible.
My Dad does a lot of things well.
One of those things is playing music.
For the last few years, he has taught me how to play several stringed instruments.
Each week, he uses a real song to show something that he wants me to learn.
Last week, it was The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel.

I thought it was no big deal, but the other guys in my band thought it was way cool.
They made me play it on acoustic guitar and sing it in front of our friends (groupies).
I hate to sing, but they liked it and want to keep the song.

The reason i am starting this thread is that i want to know what people think the words
of the song mean.


This is what the words are:

Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk to you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seed while I was sleeping
And a vision, that was planted in my brain
Still remains
within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Through narrow streets of cobblestone
Beneath a 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
Tenthousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs, that voices never shared
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,
in the sound of silence
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