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
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.
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.
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.
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
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….”
7、the people bowed and prayed to the neon god they made.
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