“The Sound of Silence” is one of those tracks that I’ve gone over many, many times since my pre-teens. Listening to the excellent Art Garfunkel career retrospective over the last few weeks, I’ve re-developed my razor sharp focus into “The Sound of Silence”.
Now, “The Sound of Silence” has always been an important song to me. But with the remaster of this track on The Singer, I’ve become a repeat player of that song, rolling the words and verses over and over in my head.
I call “The Sound of Silence” one of the great tracks of Rock and Roll. Oddly, I find it of more worth than “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, a song that I love immensely. And since I’m revisiting it, I would LOVE to hear your comments on this Simon & Garfunkel classic.
What I’m interested in hearing (if you do this) is what the song may mean to you. Or what you believe the song to mean. I realize that all music is subjective. However, sometimes a song can be close enough to several interpretations to make valid sense.
“The Sound of Silence” is not too veiled either. So, I hope that every one gets a chance to put their thoughts into this.
For me, it’s a matter of communication. All too often, we’re not paying the attention to things that can benefit us. We “hear without listening”, talk without speaking”. Because of all this inability to communicate effectively, we have fallen into a great darkness punctuated by the “cold and damp” “alone” along “narrow streets of cobblestone”. It adds in a plea to “hear my words that I might teach you”, and “take my arms that I might reach you”. The end result is the sad reality that “words, like silent raindrops fell, and echoed in the wells of silence.”
Does this song state the sad conclusion that our preoccupations with whatever distractions face us have kept us in a state of darkness?
Whatever the philosophy surrounding the song, it is an important one. It is too important to pass up the opportunity to discuss it. I hope to get some intelligent discussion going on this (and perhaps other songs as well).
Please participate if you feel so moved to join in.