The Sounds Of Silence Song

The Sounds Of Silence Song

Welcome to a new type of post- for me.

Recently, like three days ago, an old friend of mine, Steve Sparks, posted on Facebook a link to a video clip of a Conan O’Brien TV show episode. The title read, “NRH Police Department Creates The Blue Version Of Disturbed’s “Sound Of Silence” (the video on YouTube on that page has been reported for Copyright Violation by some…one).

A little history of the song first:

According to Wikipedia, “The Sound of Silence“, originally “The Sounds of Silence“, is a song by the American music duo Simon & Garfunkel.”

The following is a conglomeration of sources, which I will link sources when necessary.

The original version came out in 1964 as a duo with acoustic accompaniment only, Just the artists playing their instruments.

It flopped. Paul and Art went their separate ways, Art went back to the University he had been attending, and Paul went back to the UK.

For more, because this post is already going to be about the longest I’ve done outside of the teasers for my WIP’s, follow the link above. It really is interesting, and this from one who hates research and non-fiction. Anyway, they re-released it in ’65, with better accompaniment. Anyone remember the vinyl 45’s?

That one went to #1, and the duo reunited. The rest, as they say, is history.

Now, for my history of the hit:

In 1973, my Dad transferred to his final Air Force Base, Bergstrom in Austin, Texas, where he would soon retire and set roots. I had been in the middle of 3rd grade, and began a new school, which would not be the last time, in a new town.

I’m not sure if it was in ’74 or ’75, but one day in Arts class, the teacher put that 1965 45 on the turntable, started it, and began teaching us about Vincent Van Gogh. Tragic story, there. I only half heard it, for even at that age, the song hit me, and hit me deep. So deep, in fact, that many times in the decades since, a line or two would suddenly run through my head, and I’d Whisper The Sound Of Silence. I didn’t know all the words- I had only heard it that once, that I remember.

Back to the Facebook post that got me going again, and led to this posting. I followed the link from Steve, not really having high hopes, but the memory of the song drawing me to find out how their rendition sounded.

I am blown away. Have a listen:

Wow.

I have never heard of the group Disturbed, but the name made me think of another Facebook friend, who goes by Toneye Blakk. AKA Toneye Eyenot- Dark Author & Musician. He posts links to a group called “Kvlts Of Vice(sic).” Honestly, I haven’t followed the links. Toneye is into Death Metal, something I didn’t get the knack of. I did, however, follow a link while getting this info, and it’s actually decent, comparable (to an old school fart like me) to a lot of the Heavy Metal I liked back in the ’80’s. But, I digress. I’ve gone off topic again.

I wanted to post the Disturbed version on my FB page to pass it along, but I had neglected to like or share, so had to try some searches. During those, I found a link to a page by someone called FasterLouder titled

“How the hell is Disturbed’s ‘Sound of Silence’ even a thing?”

I have the opinion, based on that article, to call that guy, I guess it’s a guy, a total jerk. He obviously knows very little about music, as evidenced in the next post made:

Here are 7 covers of ‘Sound Of Silence’ better than Disturbed’s version

If you had the compulsion to read that, I hope that you’ll agree that NONE of the ones he(?) posted are anywhere near as powerful or moving as Disturbed, let alone the original ones. What a… never mind, I won’t resort to demeaning him. If it’s a him.

Now, during the searches, I found that there are a whole slew of renditions. I could not believe how many artists had redone this classic, and a lot are better than listed on the site above. Just a few are listed on instamp3.com with more to be found elsewhere. Really, there are more versions than I can possibly link to, as I feel I’ve linked way too many as it is.

I also found there’s a version made for the game Call Of Duty.

Okay, one more link. Soundcloud has a list that seems more in depth than any others I’ve found. Even Kenny G did a sax rendition, which can be found there.

So, I will leave you with all this, to seek out or ignore at your discretion.

One more thing: I wanted to post the lyrics, too. Just reading them sends chills down my spine, as they feel as relevant in the world of today as they must have back in the mid-sixties.

Lyrics

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

Copied from Google Play https://play.google.com/music/preview/Txkxnbyzin3zzyp7565mphyo66y?lyrics=1&utm_source=google&utm_medium=search&utm_campaign=lyrics&pcampaignid=kp-lyrics

Have you comments? Voice your opinions, but I ask that you please keep them clean. I try to keep at least a PG-13 rating.

Cheers to all!

9 Replies to “The Sounds Of Silence Song”

  1. John, I never thought I’d hear anyone move me as S & G did when singing The Sound of Silence. Disturbed’s rendition hit me so hard that I had to download it. Thanks so much for posting this. xx

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this. I also on occasion have the words running through my mind (I was in jr. high school when this aired in ’65) and it has haunted me ever since. I am a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and these words could also allude to the fact that over the centuries God has held out His mighty hand to draw people into His loving arms. He gave us His inspired word (the KJV, which is the only version that explains itself and is written on the lowest grade level of all versions). Jesus shed His precious blood on the cross, willingly sacrificing Himself to pay our sin debt. Yet Christians have become nearly silent about God’s love, grace, and mercy. They have also become silent (for the most part) about the consequences of rejecting that sacrifice–eternal separation from God in a hell that was created for Satan and his devils. The almost amoral state of our country is because we as believers are guilty of promoting the sound of silence.

  3. I’ve been in love with Disturbed’s cover of this song since they released it. Played it on loops even. The meaning in the song hits me hard but they made it so beautiful and haunting I just can’t help but to listen to it in that loop.

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