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Simon & Garfunkel: The Sound of Silence Meaning


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Song Released: 1965

Covered By: Bananarama (2009), Disturbed (2015)

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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...


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    Apr 30th, 2018 4:23pm report

    A lonely person entered into the wilderness. Surrounded by darkness when there is only silence and can only see a very dim light and feelings of coolness. Than came a flash of a neon light that split the night in two and was within The Sound Of Silence.

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    Apr 24th, 2018 4:16am report

    I’m actually a scrapbooking nut.
    So, I’m actually using the song for the scrapbook I’m doing for my daughter who lost her baby. She has suffered depression for years, I think it’s meaning is of someone suffering depression and feeling alone, but when the lyrics say about seeing other people. It sounds like they realise they’re not alone, and they can see the light in the darkness of depression


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    Mar 14th, 2018 3:48pm report

    Basically, what this song is about is that there are so many countries where languages are different from what we know and accept here in the States, or in more civilized areas. People think that they are just as sophisticated as us, but they're not. But people can all come together through the universal language of music. People who cannot understand each other with their native languages can understand each other through music and interpretative dance. When he says that there was a neon light that blinded him, he means that he was out in the middle of the night and just walking around, and suddenly a neon light turned on right in front of his eyes, effectively, but not intentionally, blinding him for a minute. The whole song is not about one or two instances. It is talking about the existence of life and the belief that we could just go in and try to teach people what we mean with our words. We all eventually go back into our native routes and find music as our main language, because we can communicate to others through what we listen to, and they can understand exactly what we're talking about.


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    Mar 4th, 2018 3:03am report

    I just read the reactions of people that listen to this song and i was absolutely amazed! The song really does have a meaning of purpose its really no joke. The song remindes me of the classic chris isaak wicked game video that first aired on mtv in mid 90s the version that utube does not want u to view.


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    Feb 19th, 2018 2:42am report

    I thought that when the song says in the naked light I saw ten thousand people maybe' refers of the judgement day that it saw ten thousand people maybe more...


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    Feb 8th, 2018 2:50am report

    This song is about the assignation and death of Kennedy.


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    Jan 27th, 2018 1:03am report

    Feeling that no one is listening (to you) or anyone else.


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    Jan 24th, 2018 1:09pm report

    Same message as "A Horse With No Name." Meditation is crucial for spiritual survival during an earth incarnation. The soul is pleading, yet lamenting. "...words, like silent raindrops fell and echoed in the wells of silence," as is "...and the story it told of a river that flowed made me sad to think it was dead." Silence! No Name! "Silence" is for those who have "ears to hear."

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    Jan 4th, 2018 1:20am report

    To me it appeared to be about dark times/depression that was isolating even when around thousands of people. Going through the motion but not able to communicate and people not really hearing the distress as they continue with their daily routine, like robots programmed, not able to think for themselves anymore. Isolated, alone, lonely and not able to emotionally or verbally connect with one another. Living a life without hope or purpose.


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    Dec 18th, 2017 12:41am report

    Garfunkel once summed up the song's meaning as "the inability of people to communicate with each other, not particularly internationally but especially emotionally, so what you see around you are people unable to love each other." WIKI
    There is nothing wonderful about this song.
    Wrong date from the first song I commented today.. not 17 but 18
    - CONFIDENTIAL 12/18/17


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    Dec 18th, 2017 12:27am report

    This song is prophetic. "People talking without speaking", that's what's happening now in this electronic age, we talk to each other without speaking. "People hearing without listening", we hear by reading...
    Wonderful song.


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    Dec 8th, 2017 12:52pm report

    I really couldn’t help but associate this with PTSD. Visions softly creeping .. left it’s seeds while I was sleeping... which is exactly what happens... visions, experiences coming back in dreams, that may have been dormant - but still remain! The loneliness and lack of ability to communicate resonate with PTSD and so very much does this song. Also the lack of recognition and support for this illness for so long is evident within the lyrics. Perhaps not it’s initial intention but definitely very fitting.


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    Dec 4th, 2017 12:53pm report

    I really don't have any opinion about what one thinks the meaning behind this song is. I only know that the acapella version that David Draiman does is absolutely wonderful.


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    Dec 1st, 2017 12:11pm report

    Disturbed's vision and voice cover did a awesome job with Simon and Garfunkel's original version of The Sound of Silence. As was the prophetized warning of our coming alienation from one another. By our lack of one on one or face to face communication with each other that was beginning to break down. David Draiman gave us a renewed cry. For the times now as a S.O.S Wake Up Call with a developed empathetic concerned anger. In order to see of what's left of our humanity's soul, and ACKNOWLEDGE within 'the sound of silence' our spiritual disconnect that became more alien to us to connect as human beings. Who have been conditioned far to long to worship,fight and struggle for the wrong reasons at times. Within this technological neon god we have created. That's in, and the material world of ours. which has and still is creating too much and far to many false material profits that have been splitting and alienating us further apart.


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    Nov 27th, 2017 11:43am report

    I believe the song is about PTSD and nightmares. The silence represents the night and the quiet and the sound represents the things in someone's head that haunts them at night. Given the time it was written it could be about a soldier suffering from what we now call PTSD. No one daring to disturb it may have to do with the fact that we were unaware of the problem back when the song was written.

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