Thursday, February 18, 2010


"Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me." - Benjamin

One of the most popular movie theme ever is from the 1967 Mike Nichols film, The Graduate. A very young Dustin Hoffman plays Benjamin, a recent college graduate who fell in love (or lust) with Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), his father's business partner's wife. Simon & Garfunkel sung the iconic theme in the opening scene that has become a classic on its own.

sung by: Simon & Garfunkel

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 dare
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 to 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 whisper'd in the sounds of silence

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