Check out this playlist of The Sounds of Silence, written by Paul Simon and performed by a number of different artists. Obviously I like the Disturbed version the best. And of the three versions I share from Disturbed, I like the one where they performed on Conan O’Brien.
This playlist features performances by VOCES8, Disturbed official video, Pentatonix, Simon & Garfunkel, Disturbed (live show in Houston), Jadyn Rylee, and Disturbed on Conan O’Brien.
Here are the lyrics for The Sound of Silence by Paul Simon:
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
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
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.”