Hear My Words That I Might Teach You

Hear My Words That I Might Teach You

Jim has chosen a splendid theme for today’s Song Lyric Sunday. Robert and I listed a few classic songs that everybody knows and found it hard to choose just one song. I was happy to let Robert select which song we should feature. He has chosen so very well.

What a treat for this balmy Sunday morning we have for you, courtesy of the legendary Simon & Garfunkel. I am sure many of you will know that this track “The Sound Of Silence” had an extraordinary journey, initially seeming like a complete flop, but going on to become hugely popular and an iconic part of music history.

Credits: 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
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
'Neath the halo of a streetlamp
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
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."

3 thoughts on “Hear My Words That I Might Teach You

  1. Hear my words that I might teach you. I would never have thought of this song, and I hope that you can thank Robert for selecting this classic so we could all listen to it again.


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