The Cotswold Voices

The Sound Of Silence

(A & S = tune) Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
(A & S = split) 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

(T & A, soft) In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
(T, A & S) '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 (T echo)
And touched the sound of silence

(B, T, A) And in the naked light I saw (S & SS: oohs)
Ten thousand people, maybe more
(All) People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
no one dared (B & T echo)
Disturb the sound of silence

(All, louder) "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

(All, loud) 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" (no echo)
(A) And whispered in the sound (All) of silence

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