Sounds of Samples : #1

In Did you Steal That Sunshine? I discussed how many songs are sampled and this isn’t in one specific genre. Shall post of different versions of songs in the Sound of Samples series. May include ones that I think failed to do justice to what came before but likely keep it positive.

The Sound of Silence by Disturbed

The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel

I can’t pick which is the superior version. They are both rousingly-eerie, calls to action but while the original from 1964 gives off an uneasy wariness of something to come, the version from Disturbed is more of a wrathful rebuke of something on going that one realizes could have been avoided.

As they used the same lyrics written by Paul Simon the ability to sufficiently own the songs was in the performances and choice of instruments. Fantastic. Different things happening for the same reasons.

Lyrics

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
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 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

Which version do you prefer?

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