Famed guitarist and musician Paul Simon sang his classic “The Sound of Silence” at the 9-11 Ground Zero Memorial just two hours ago in New York City.
Ten years ago today, the United States was the victim of a crime of massive proportions. Four airplanes were directed at The World Trade Center in New York City, and The White House, and The Pentagon in Washington DC.
Today, the 9-11 Memorial, built out of the remaining holes where the twin towers of The World Trade Center once stood tall, has officially opened.
Later today, President Obama will arrive for a special ceremony.
Here are the lyrics for “The Sound of Silence”:
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
Within the sound of silence
In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turn 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 shared
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 sound of silence
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