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

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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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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:


 



 ayohn wrote:
should try Disturbed's version:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4&ab_channel=Disturbed

 
Very good version, powerful with feeling.

 

Highly endorsed by Paul Simon after they performed live on Conan:

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/paul-simon-disturbed-sound-of-silence/

 

 


{#Smile}
 idiot_wind wrote:
Boy oh boy...these guys (whoever they are) are just copying the band, Arcade Fire.   

 
the name of the post above says it all! UN FRIGGING BELIEVABLE  Hey idiot, guess who came first????LMAO 
two immortals surrendering themselves to this song; paul reaching for the street in dylans delivery, bobby reaching for the heaven in pauls.  for the song.    . . respect, admiration

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U59G_oO7yI
I might be wrong on this—because sarcasm is hard to read in this format—but I believe that person was being facetious and is well aware that Simon & Garfunkel were making music well before Arcade Fire.

saloutwest wrote:

Are you 12? You might try looking at the date, they were trailblazers, this album came out well before any members of Arcade Fire or even born. And if you ask any of those members they would probably tell you they have nothing but deep respect for these two gentlemen.

 


 heyjoe3577 wrote:
I'm trying to rate this one '11' - not working!

 
{#Yes}
I'm trying to rate this one '11' - not working!
should try Disturbed's version:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4&ab_channel=Disturbed
 idiot_wind wrote:
Boy oh boy...these guys (whoever they are) are just copying the band, Arcade Fire.   

 
Are you 12? You might try looking at the date, they were trailblazers, this album came out well before any members of Arcade Fire or even born. And if you ask any of those members they would probably tell you they have nothing but deep respect for these two gentlemen.
 admascott wrote:
who rates this song a 1?

 
Even the braindead can work a keyboard to get to RP.  Have pity on them
Can't help but think of "The Graduate" and the whole alienation angst of the seventies that nearly killed me
Can't help but think of "The Graduate" and the whole alienation angst of the seventies that nearly killed me
 
 LinThizzy wrote:
Always makes me said to recall that I was told the complete wrong interpretation the meaning of this song as a child..
It would have been nice to have had an honest discussion about the true facts of the world when I was young. 
 
You are leaving me hanging. What was this "complete wrong interpretation?" 
Always makes me said to recall that I was told the complete wrong interpretation the meaning of this song as a child..
It would have been nice to have had an honest discussion about the true facts of the world when I was young. 
who rates this song a 1?
{#Whistle}
 idiot_wind wrote:
Boy oh boy...these guys (whoever they are) are just copying the band, Arcade Fire.   

 
I wonder who is copying who?! {#Roflol}
Boy oh boy...these guys (whoever they are) are just copying the band, Arcade Fire.   
Porcupine Tree to S&G
wtf
Nice transition RP!
Stingray,

Your mother is calling from the main floor.   
 toonces wrote:
Still great after all these years...

 
To look back at this gem from a grandpa's perspective, as if it were a newly polished  antiquity is nothing but ridiculous and pathetic!

A comment from 70-plus year old conservative!

To have nothing to say about this pearl but this...?

SAD...!!!

 
My first 15!
Still great after all these years...
What's there problem with rhythm here???
Anyone knows why they let it recorded like this? Horrible rhythm!!!!!!!!
The version without the overdubbed drums is the 10, so this one is a 9.
The drum-less version is in the RP library. 
This one goes to 11.

This one brings me back to the Chiloé archipelago in southern Chile.  An Argentine friend played it on a cassette player in his Peugot 504.  Late 1970s.
 DaveInVA wrote:
Are they singing "The words of the subway are written on the proffits balls"? {#Stupid}

 
That would probably be Prophet's, and since they clearly say "subway walls" it is strongly suggested you get some closed caption device.  {#Cheesygrin}
 ricerubberrolls wrote:
this is absolutely astounding

 
 it is