“The Sound of Silence” by Disturbed
“The Sound of Silence” is a song we’ve already analyzed awhile back, that being Simon & Garfunkel’s original. And considering that the lyrics to Disturbed’s cover are the same, readers are advised to peep said analysis concerning the meaning of this song.
But that was a post that was written nearly two years ago to date, and we don’t really want to disturb that article too much, as it still reads valid. But one thing that has been noted is that this song experienced a surge in popularity not only when Disturbed’s cover dropped in 2015 but also a few years later, once the coronavirus hit. And within that latter context, perhaps the lyrics can be re-interpreted in different ways.
But of course when Paul Simon actually penned this piece, there wasn’t anything like a pandemic going on in the United States. And what it ultimately speaks to, perhaps most easily explained, is the concept of the masses being reluctant to recognize the words of their prophets.
And “the sound of silence” itself is an allusion to some type of troubled state not only within the vocalist but also amongst the masses. Maybe the best way to describe this malady, if you will, is as one that causes people to be close-minded and compliant, despite doing so, at least from the vocalist’s perspective, being a dangerous modus operandi in and of itself.
What “The Sound of Silence” is all about
Basically the lyrics are shed light on people not having the ability to emotionally communicate effectively with one other. And this weakness that is inherent in people is the aforementioned troubled state or malady.
Art Garfunkel once revealed that the song centers around communication issues. According to him, it is about people being unable to love one another because of their inability to “communicate with each other” effectively on an emotional level.
So basically, whereas the lyrics to “The Sound of Silence” may be intricate, the ultimate idea it is putting forth is a timeless one. And that is the masses being compelled to go along with the flow. And the masses do this even if doing so necessitates them selling their souls so to speak, as opposed to heeding the words of those, like the vocalist, who are genuinely concerned for their wellbeing.
Facts about “The Sound of Silence”
This song dates back to 1965, being a Simon & Garfunkel classic and one of the big hits in their catalog. But the version we’re working on today is actually a cover by a band called Disturbed. This version came out on 21 August 2015, via Reprise Records. It is featured on the band’s sixth studio album, “Immortalized”.
Disturbed may not be a household name in the music industry. However, they have been in the game since the 1990s and have experienced considerable success along the way. For instance, all five of the studio albums they dropped between 2002 and 2015 topped the Billboard 200.
Additionally whereas not being as renowned as the original per se, their version of “The Sound of Silence” was a bigger hit. It charted a lot of countries (about 20). Furthermore, it topped the following Billboard charts:
- Hard Rock Digital Songs
- Mainstream Rock
The above is likely partially be due to the fact that the music industry is more global now than then.
Additionally this song achieved worldwide multi-platinum success, i.e. going double-platinum or better in the following countries:
- the United States
And Disturbed’s cover of “The Sound of Silence” also received approval from Paul Simon himself.
Moreover, this track went sorta viral during the onset of the coronavirus lockdowns.
The band’s rendition of this classic also made it onto a couple of TV shows, etc. Moreover, the French figure skating team used it during their performance at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
David Draiman talks about “The Sound of Silence”
At the time of this track’s issuance, Disturbed consisted of the following members:
- vocalist David Draiman
- guitarist Dan Donegan
- drummer Mike Wengren
According to Draiman, it was actually Mike Wengren’s suggestion that Disturbed cover this song.