The Words of the Prophets Are Written on the Subway and Studio Wall


While eating breakfast this morning, the line “hello darkness my old friend” crept into my mind. Of course, then I had to listen to Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence”.

This song, like many of theirs, had a certain stamp on my childhood as well as my college years. I guess it’s likely that will continue through my adult life.

I watched some birds play in the gutter of the building next to my kitchen window, and thought about the lyrics. Songs mean something different to every one of us, but I’ve always felt the biting phrases such as “people hearing without listening”, and “And the people bowed and prayed to the neon god they made”, to be pointing to those who go along without questioning, hear words but don’t think about what they mean, or don’t challenge something because it goes against what they may have previously believed, and would rather that previous belief be correct, rather than change. That’s just me.

Hearing words and not thinking of their meaning is, of course, something that happens a lot with lyrics. Just as “The Sound of Silence” may, essentially, go in one ear and out the other.

Is there a song you love that you feel is ignored for its message? What about a song you wrote?


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