My brother has been through a lot in his life. He’s experienced the most awful thing I can possibly think of – the loss of a child. Sometimes I don’t know how he’s survived to live a healthy, productive life. He’s struggled, for sure, but he keeps going and for that, I will always consider him a hero.
Now he has a beautiful new wife and Brody and I can’t be more happy for them.
We were all together one Saturday a few weeks ago and Brody was having a hard time. Blaine was walking him and rocking him, but he wouldn’t calm down. The rest of us were talking and laughing and generally enjoying each other’s company when all the sudden this song started playing.
When I looked up, he had Brody in his arms and his phone facing towards him, rocking him to sleep – Brody was finally calming down. The beautiful lyrics, the haunting melody, and my brother holding Brody as he fell asleep was all just too much. I cried.
I still think about that moment and it takes my breathe away.
I normally like to post songs performed by the original artist, but in my humble opinion, I believe this version is better than the original in so many ways (I know, I know… I’m talking about Simon and Garfunkel who are brilliant and I will always love them!).
The lyrics are haunting and they have always hit me at my core. I grew up with a lot of silence and I probably talk way too much now because I dislike it so much. “Silence like a cancer grows…”
I hope you enjoy my choice this week for Song Lyric Sunday. Feel free to read the “rules” below and join in with one of your own.
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
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.”
Here are the “rules”:
- Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
- I’ve started including who wrote the song. (I think it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due)
- Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
- Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
- Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
- Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process
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