The Sound Of Silence




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Hello darkness my old friend  

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I've come to talk with you again  

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Because a vision softly  creeping  

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Left its seeds while I was sleeping  

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And the vision  that was planted  in my brain  

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Still remains  

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Within the sound of silence  

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In restless dreams I walked alone  

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Narrow streets of cobblestone  

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'neath the halo of a street lamp 

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I turned my collar to the cold and damp 

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When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light  

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That split    the night  

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And touched the sound  of silence  

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And in the naked light I saw  

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Ten thousand people maybe more  

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People talking without  speaking  

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People hearing without  listening  

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People writing songs that voices never share 

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And no one dared  

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Disturb  the sound  of silence  

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Fools said I you do not know  

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Silence like a cancer grows  

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Hear my words that I might teach  you 

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Take my arms that I might reach you 

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But my words like silent raindrops fell     

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And echoed in the wells of silence  

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And the people bowed and prayed  

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To the neon god they made  

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And the sign flashed out  its warning  

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In the words that it was forming  

And the sign said 

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The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls 

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And tenement halls  

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And whispered in the sound  of  


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