The sound of silence

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       Hello darkness, my old friend,       I've come to talk with you again,
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      Because a vision softly creeping,       Left its seeds while I was sleeping,
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And the vision
    that was planted in my brain      Still remains,  Within the sound of silence.
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     In restless dreams I walked alone,     Narrow streets of cobblestone,
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    'Neath the halo of a street lamp,      I turned my collar to the cold and damp
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When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
 That split the night,  And touched the sound of silence.
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      And in the naked light I saw,      Ten thousand people, maybe more.
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    People talking without speaking,       People hearing without listening,
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People writing songs that voices never share,
    And no one dare,     Disturb the sound of silence.

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      "Fools" said I, "You do not know,      Silence like a cancer grows.
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    Hear my words that I might teach you,
     Take my arms that I might reach you."
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But my words like silent raindrops fell,
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                And echoed,      In the wells of silence.

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    And the people bowed and prayed,      To the neon god they made.
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   And the sign flashed out its warning,        In the words that it was forming.
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     And the sign said, "The words of the prophets, are written on the subway walls
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And tenement halls."
        And whisper'd in the sounds of silence.