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The Sound of Silence

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
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

KeyWords

creep v. [i] [creeps, creeping, crept, crept]
to move slowly, quietly and carefully, usually in order to avoid being noticed:
 She turned off the light and crept through the door.
Someone was creeping around outside my window.
The spider crept up the wall.
The traffic was creeping along at a snail’s pace.

creeping adj. adjective [before noun] DISAPPROVING
happening, developing or moving slowly or gradually:
 We are totally against any form of creeping Socialism.

creep n. [C]
1. UK INFORMAL someone who tries to make someone more important like them by being very polite and helpful in a way that is not sincere:
 Making coffee for the boss again? You creep!

2. INFORMAL an unpleasant person, especially a man:
He was a real creep – he was always staring at me in the canteen.
Leave me alone, you creep!

creepy adj. INFORMAL
strange or unnatural and making you feel frightened:
a creepy film
a creepy smile

creeps plural noun INFORMAL
give sb the creeps to cause someone to have uncomfortable feelings of nervousness or fear:
Living next to a graveyard would give me the creeps.

cobble n. [C usually plural] (ALSO cobblestone)
a rounded stone used on the surface of an old-fashioned road:
The cart rumbled over the cobbles.

halo n. [plural halos or haloes]
1. [C] a ring of light around the head of a holy person in a religious drawing or painting

2. [C usually singular] a bright circle of light around something, or something that looks like this:
 the halo around the moon
a halo of blonde curls

neath see beneath pre.
in or to a lower position than, under:
 Jeremy hid the letter beneath a pile of papers.
We huddled together for warmth beneath the blankets.
Emma was so tired and hungry that her legs were beginning to give way beneath her (= she was about to fall over).

collar n. [C]
the part around the neck of a piece of clothing, usually sewn on and sometimes made of different material:
a shirt collar
a fur collar
a dress with a big collar

collar verb [T]
1 INFORMAL to catch and hold someone so that they cannot escape:
 She was collared by the police at the airport.
2 to find someone and stop them going somewhere, often so that you can talk to them about something:
I was collared by Pete as I was coming out of the meeting this morning.

neon n. [U]
a colourless gas which has no smell, does not react with other chemicals, and shines red when an electric current goes through it:
a neon light/sign

stab v. [T]
to push a knife into someone or something ⇨ stabbing:
He was stabbed to death in a fight.
She had been stabbed in the chest repeatedly.

well n. [C]
a deep hole in the ground from which water, oil or gas can be obtained
See also stairwell.

stairwell n. [C]
a long vertical passage through a building around which a set of stairs is built

VOCABULARY

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Songwriters: Paul Simon
The Sound of Silence lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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