SOTD: Disturbed: Sound of Silence

This is a brilliant cover of the original Simon and Garfunkel classic.


Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left it’s 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

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 dare
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 it’s warning
And 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 sound of silence

18 thoughts on “SOTD: Disturbed: Sound of Silence

    1. I completely agree. This is one of the few times where I believe the cover bests the original. David Draiman’s vocal and the music from the band build the emotion verse after verse.

      1. Yes, I have loved this song since I first heard it as a child. His vocals just strike that chord in me and resignates (is that a word?) so much stronger.

      2. It may be my favorite S&G song, so I’m really happy Disturbed took it to the next level by making it their own. It really does resignate (I’m saying it is) so much stronger with me as well!

    1. It really is amazing. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I saw Disturbed covering Simon & Garfunkel. Honestly thought it would be awful. But no. It’s brilliant!

      1. Same here. I was prepared to guffaw it, but no. After the first listen, I played it again and again it was so emotionally charged.

      1. very. i was telling my husband about it earlier. asking him if he had heard it yet and he hadn’t but i’m sure he will now and it will be something we will talk about. in other words a moment of no silence between us. thank you Jeffrey. šŸ™‚

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