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" I said, "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.
Simon and Garfunkel, "The sound of silence"