The Sound of Silence

I love this version.  So melancholy and bittersweet.

Sung by the twins, Tim and Phil Hanseroth, who regularly accompany Brandi Carlile on tour.

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 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.”
And whispered in the sounds of silence.

[Post image: The Bar by dking on stock.xchng]


  1. Sylvia
    Oct 08, 2011

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    • Elissa
      Oct 08, 2011

      You’re welcome…have a wonderful weekend, Sylvia! xo

  2. Lindsey
    Oct 09, 2011

    Gorgeous. I just bought this – it’s such a beautiful version. Thank you! xoxo

  3. Don Rogers
    Oct 10, 2011

    One of my all-time favorite songs by Simon & Garfunkel. I still ponder its depth meaning. When I taught eighth grade English, I used it to introduce poetry to the kids. I hope it encouraged them to further explore poetry.

    • Elissa
      Oct 10, 2011

      What a great way to introduce poetry! It’s so haunting…both the words and music…

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