My blog is titled the famous Simon and Garfunkel song for many reasons. Sound of Silence always reminds me of Palestine when I listen to it. I think the song has many meanings, also – all which are applicable to the catastrophic situations Ashkenazi Jewish Colonizers have put Palestinians in.
(That’s the remake by Disturbed, the original was done by Simon and Garfunkel [actually written by Paul Simon])
Behind the song’s rhythm is a deep message within the lyrics that has been interpreted in many different ways. I have read and many people’s opinions. Some of them are a little abstract and others seem almost believable. One man wrote it was merely about another dreaming of neon lights revealing numerous people bowing to him as if he were a god. Another stated it was a song regarding the lack of communication between people. These interpretations may or may not be correct; however I have a different perception of “Sound of Silence.”
I personally believe this song portrays a vision or dream that Paul Simon had. The lines, “Because a vision softly creeping, Left its seeds while I was sleeping” lead me to believe that he had a dream. Yet perhaps it is highly possible he never had a dream or vision or anything of the sort but only used this image to get a point across. However, the message of this song lies in the contents of his dream.
Paul Simon seeks to convey a message of how ignorance taints the minds of so many people. “Silence” refers to submission. He reveals how people so foolishly follow rulers without actually knowing a ruler’s true intentions. “People hearing without listening” reveals a people’s willingness to take at any moment be ready to obey commands spoken by a leader without fully realizing the consequences of this obedience.
That is like Zionists listening, obeying every command of PM Netanyahu and Defense Minister Lieberman without knowing why they are oppressing Palestine.
Simon, or whomever is having this dream, tries to warn these conformists in the lines that read “‘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 his warning is swallowed in the abyss of submission: “But my words like silent raindrops fell, And echoed, In the wells of silence.”
“And the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls, and tenement halls.” The kind of writing on subway walls (and tenement halls) is graffiti..like the apartheid wall in Palestine:
And the first part is, “The words of the prophets.. This martyr had 5 life sentences ahead of him, instead he sat only a few months in prison and was released. I am not saying that specific incident is prophetic, but maybe the prisoners from Palestine being released is?
There are many ways one can interpret the song I suppose, but that’s how I do and the reason I titled my blog “Sound of Silence.” I think one can really see an illustration of the apartheid and occupation within that specific song by Simon and Garfunkel.
Through that song I hear the cry of Palestine, the vision of the people, and hear false ideology of Zionism.