Written and set to music in 1964, “The sound of silence” is perhaps the most famous song by the duo Simon & Garfunkel. Among the most beautiful pieces in the history of music, the text of “The sound of silence” is to be considered poetry for its timeless images and its ability to evoke and suggest through the use of metaphors and allegories. To tell us about “the sound of silence” is in fact a play of light and shadow, but also an off-screen voice – almost biblical – that dictates and prophesies the destiny of a humanity unable to communicate. An image that after 50 years turns out to be truly prophetic, where the “Neon God” is the emblem of the smartphone we hold in our hand, which shields us from life and acts as a shield in communication with others. “Fools,” said I, “you do not know, silence like a cancer growsHear my words that I might teach you, take my arms that I might reach you “
” Fools “I said” don’t you know
that silence spreads like cancer
Hear my words so I can teach
you take my arms so I can reach you Diamante, Zucchero’s song against the war
A wonderful song that Zucchero dedicated to my grandmother Diamante, destined to become a symbol of rebirth after the war The sound of silence
Like the poems of the ancients, the passage opens with a sort of invocation to the Muse, which takes the form of the Night, of the darkness that comes and inspires the poet with images and visions that are imprinted on the mind. Thus begins the dream, a dream journey, in which the ego wanders in solitude along narrow and cobbled streets, where the light is dim, the air is cold and humid. But to pierce the darkness and a sudden flash, which breaks the sound of silence. 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
Ciao oscurita, my old friend
son came to talk to you again
because a vision creeping silently
has sown its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision thus planted in my brain
still remains
in the sound of silence
In restless dreams I wandered alone
along cobbled lanes
under the dim light of a street lamp
I turned my collar from the cold and damp
when my eyes were pierced by the flash of a neon light
that tore the night
and touch the sound of silence The theme of incommunicability
But it is under the sign of a cold and white light that a biblical vision opens up to me. Thousands of people who speak without communicating, who hear without listening, who write songs that will not be sung. A babel where incommunicability reigns supreme, where chatter turns into an existential void. 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
And in the naked light I saw
ten thousand people, perhaps more
people who communicated without speaking
people who heard without listening
to people who wrote songs that no voice would ever sing
and no one dared
to disturb the sound of silence The prophecy
Then comes the voice over, that of the Prophet , which addresses men and warns them of the danger of an empty silence. “Silence grows like cancer” are perhaps the strongest and most emblematic words of the piece by Simon & Garfunkel, destined however to fall unheard like drops of silent rain. “Fools” said I, “You do not know Silence like a cancer grows Hear my words that I might teach youTake my arms that I might reach you “
But my words
like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence
” Fools “I said my arms so that I can reach you ”
But my words fell like silent raindrops
And echoed in the breakout of silence The ending
The darkness has now given way to light, but it is a neon light, cold and aseptic, which does not give plasticity to reality, which does not enhance volumes and shapes, but flattens them. It is a divine light, degraded into a luminous sign, like those found in the subway or in the corridors of public housing. The luminous sign that the voice of the prophets is thinned, reduced to a whisper, but does not die and continues to echo “in the sounds 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 “
And the people bow and pray
to the neon god he had created
and the sign flashed his warning
in the words that were shaping
And the signs said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
and in the corridors of the houses. popular
and whispered in the sound of silence “

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