The Sound Of Silence By Simon And Garfunkel

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The Sound That Fills “The Sound of Silence” The record hit still played to this day, The Sound Of Silence as sung by Simon and Garfunkel, is appreciated for its seemingly dark but encouraging meaning and chord progressions that delve into the sensitive parts of the heart. Before one can hope to understand the meaning of the song, the social context of the song must be understood. At the time of writing this piece, Paul Simon witnessed the assassination of JFK and provided the inspiration to start writing this dark, yet inspirational song. At the time of the record’s release, the anti-war movement against the Vietnam conflict was in full swing as well. The first verse of the song,
Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again …show more content…

The first two lines tell us that the speaker is no stranger to the darkness in his room and that he is comfortable with it. He reflects on his dream and that it may be more true than he believes. During a time of counterculture and antiwar, this dream could have been anything from drug-induced to a protest gone wrong. However, the following verses clarify what his dream was about and why it keeps him up at night.
The song continuously mentions both a “neon light” and a “neon god” which can stand for the television, rapidly available since the 1950’s. The TV quickly brought entertainment as well as news inside the home at a very rapid rate. When the song says,
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

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