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“I used to go off in the bathroom, because the bathroom had tiles, so it was a slight echo chamber. I’d turn on the faucet so that water would run — I like that sound, it’s very soothing to me — and I’d play. In the dark. ‘Hello darkness, my old friend / I’ve come to talk with you again’.” -Paul Simon
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”
Do your ears a solid and go listen to it.
This is one of the most outstanding things I’ve ever heard:
A cleaned up version can be purchased here , to the benefit of Habitat for Humanity.
In 1993 Radiohead put out Pablo Honey. On the strength of the hit song Creep they went on to release some of the best albums of the era. Critics compare them often to the Beatles with regards to their popularity, innovations and influence. The following is my ranking of their albums that followed Pablo Honey.
5. The Bends (1995)
4. Kid A (2000) & Amnesiac (2001) tie
3. In Rainbows (2007)
2. OK Computer (1997)
1. Hail to the Thief (2003)
For a similar list consult this Jen-sized ranking of Radiohead.
From Sufjan Stevens’ music label comes The Welcome Wagon, a presbyterian pastor and his wife get the Sufjan treatment. Their first single “Sold! To the Nice Rich Man” is for freebies.
This noose around my neck
Is counting me out