Simon & Garfunkel — The Sound of Silence
Album: The Sounds of Silence
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9.1

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Total ratings: 2997









Released: 1966
Length: 3:07
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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 walk 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 its warning,
In the words that it was forming.
And the signs said, 'The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.
And whisper'd in the sounds of silence.
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sorry to disagree. It's a 10!

rommesw wrote:
Reason I give it only a "9" is, that Paul wrote a few songs even better than this ...

 

 jmsmy wrote:
This song is perfect for Heavy Metal covers.

 
Which still are outnumbered by punk covers by far...
Reason I give it only a "9" is, that Paul wrote a few songs even better than this ...

Simon & Garfunkel
The Sound of Silence

is for me 9 - Outstanding 


"Old School" and Will Ferrell ruined this song for me, in the best way possible.
Paul, don't ever die.
This song is perfect for Heavy Metal covers.
 CrispyDruid wrote:
One of the few bright points of 2016, is that it marks another year where this track remains without any cover versions. #denial
 
Well to be fair 2017 has been kinder than 2016, to this point at least. 
Perfection = 10

I'm sure someone else has already mentioned the Disturbed cover of this.  Somehow this seems to work well for me on this great classic tune. https://youtu.be/u9Dg-g7t2l4

 


 admascott wrote:
who rates this song a 1?
 
Me. I had to mute it to write this. The best word I can come up with to describe this dirge, is 'twoddle'.
 ScottishWillie wrote:
Quite good I suppose, but not as good as the original version from Disturbed!

 
original version??

 
Quite good I suppose, but not as good as the original version from Disturbed!
AH! redemption!!! after that hideous X ambassadors rubbish
One of the few bright points of 2016, is that it marks another year where this track remains without any cover versions. #denial
 Gajdzin wrote:
I would give it 10 if only they didn't sing so horribly out of key in some places. I could never figure out how could the producer allow this in a studio. If this was live I could forgive it, but in a studio?


goozer321 wrote:

Different days, Gajdzin, different days.

No auto-tune then. 

 
T-Bone Burnett once said that we have machines today that can produce perfect music but no one seems to care for it much
 markybx wrote:

Some people just don't get ironic humor {#Cheers}

 
Irony may be defined as that which people miss (Julian Barnes). 
 idiot_wind wrote:
Boy oh boy...these guys (whoever they are) are just copying the band, Arcade Fire.   

 
Some people just don't get ironic humor {#Cheers}
Hello, friend. Hello, darkness, my old friend. That's lame. Maybe I should give you a name. But that's a slippery slope. You're only in my head. We have to remember that.
You win the internet for this post!!!  {#Cheers}

dwhayslett wrote: