The Sound of Silence

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After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

~ Aldous Huxley

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Simon & Garfunkel, a la Bobaflex

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

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And for the softer side of the same:  Kina Grannis

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  1. Bill

    The sound of silence, awkward for some, a gap in conversation makes them nervous. A similar quote I often use {without attribution because I don’t know who said it first} is “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt.”

    1. Mrs Fever Post author

      A lot of people are uncomfortable with silence. I am not one of those people.

      You can communicate quite a bit without words.

      And Alison Krauss sings, You say it best when you say nothing at all…