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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
still remains with the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walk 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 stabbled by the flash of a neon light
that split the night
and touched the sound of silence

And in the naked night I saw ten thousand people may be more
people talking without speaking
people hearing without listening
people writing songs that voices never share
No one dare disturb the sound of silence

"Fool" 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 rain-drops 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 sings said "the words of the prophets are
written on the subway walls and tenement halls"
and whispered in the sounds of silence

歌词大意:

嘿!黑夜,我的老友,我又来和你谈心了
只因一抹幻影,在我梦中播下种子
于是在脑海里生根,成长
至今仍深植于寂静之声中
在无尽的梦里,我独自徘徊在圆石狭道中
在街灯下,我竖起衣领,
以寒夜的湿冷
闪烁的霓虹灯,刺激双目
它闯开夜幕,抚摸寂静之声
在这赤裸的夜里,我见到了上万的人们
或许更多,他们交谈着,
却未出声
他们倾听着,却未闻清
他们创作歌曲,却未与人分享
愚人说,我说,你们不知道,
寂静有如癌症一样听我的话,
我来训导你抓住我,我可以碰到你
但我的忠告犹如寂静雨点之滴落,
回荡在深井里
人们打躬作揖,向他们所
创造的霓虹灯(文明)祈祷
它闪烁着警世的告戒
以其独特的语言说:
先知的语言写在地铁的墙壁上
及家宅大厅,在寂静之声中,
低声细语

歌词、句型分析

1、Because a vision softly creeping left its seeds while I was sleeping.
  =Because a vision which was softly creeping left its seeds while I was sleeping.
  因为有个幻影趁我熟睡时轻轻爬来,深植我的脑海,在寂静无声此时,萦绕回旋不去。
  Vision n. 幻影;光景;视觉
  Creep vi. (crept; crept) 爬行,匍匐
  eg: The thief silently crept into the apartment while the occupants were sleeping.
  窃贼趁屋内人们熟睡之际,偷偷地爬入公寓内。

2、Neath the halo of a street lamp I turned my collar to the cold and damp
  =Beneath the halo of a street lamp I turned my collar to the cold and damp air.
  昏暗的街灯下,我翻起衣领以抗御湿冷的夜。
  Neath prep. 在…之下==beneath
  在歌曲或诗中,为求读起来流畅顺口,常把一个字的起首音节省略,如,until 念成till,because 则成cause.
  Halo n. 光晕,光环
  Damp a. 潮湿的,有温气的

3、a neon light 霓虹灯
   
4、dare
  可作动词或助动词,均表示“敢于…”。
  eg: (1)He dare not do it.
  (2)Much to my surprise, he dares to try it.

5、Hear my words that I might teach you.
  = Please hear my words so that I might teach you.
  That为副词连接词,等于so that , 译为“这样的话,那么….”

6、tenement n.租地;租屋;房屋

7、the people bowed and prayed to the neon god they made.
       句型分析
  the people 为主语
  bowed and prayed 为不及物动词
  to the neon god 为介词短语,作副词,修饰bowed and prayed
  they made 为定语从句,修饰neon god;

8、prophet n. 先知;预言家 



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