Simon & Garfunkel wrote and performed some great music. One of the greatest was Simon’s song The Sounds of Silence, written in 1964.
I referenced this song in my book Before the Final Trump where I chronicled this:
The hauntingly beautiful and popular folk song The Sounds of Silence seems to embodied the mind set of many that grew up in the 60’s. Those of us that grew up in that era were influenced by its music to varying degrees. It was the era of rock and folk groups with surrealistic names like the Beatles, the Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas and the Papas, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Cream and others.
Paul Simon himself reportedly described this song as, “as a societal view of the lack of communication.” That assessment is even more accurate in our milieu.
For all the “information” transmitted and available today little substantive truth is communicated. The main stream media who should be relaying “truth” to us, but spin stories illuminating their radical left, elitist agenda.
Note the dark images painted by Simon. The darkness is my old friend—not light. His “vision” is a creeping vision and what was this vision planted in Simon’s brain? In his dream he walks down cold, dark, damp, narrow streets. A flashing neon light hurts his eyes, yet there is nothing . . . nothing but silence.
Nevertheless he is not alone—nor is there any silence. Simon’s lyrics go on to tell us there is no warmth, but the hard, piercing coldness as from a foggy night. Then our “protagonist” sees a mob of 10,000 people—all talking at once, but saying nothing—which, as it turns out, is okay because no one is listening anyway!
The Simon tells us it is going to get worse [italics added] for he then penned these words: “‘Fools’, said I, ‘You do not know silence like a cancer grows. Hear my words that I might teach you . . . But my words, like silent raindrops fell And echoed In the wells of silence.’”
So the “silence” is not silence, rather a lack of hearing. The antithesis of Simon’s sound of silence is given to us in the Bible, “a wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel. . . .” (Proverbs. 1:5).
The Echoes of Simon’s Silence
Simon really was quite prophetic, possibly in a different way than he imagined. The mounting echoes of silence are found in the Church and in America. It is emblematic of where we are today. People don’t really want to hear or know the truth unless it corresponds to their presuppositions or viewpoint.
Take a listen–enjoy.
It was prophetic—though in a somewhat different way than Simon meant when he wrote it in 1964.
Caiaphas, the high priest of Israel over Jesus’ “trial” unknowingly prophesied of Jesus, “that it is expedient for you [the Jews] that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish” (John 11:50).
Of course it was beneficial for the world that Jesus conclude his mission and die sacrificially for the sins of the world. However that was not what Caiaphas meant.
Such was Simon’s prophetic song.