The Graduate Lyrics


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

Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone

Narrow streets of cobblestone

‘Neath the halo of a street lamp

I turn 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 shared

No one dared

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 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 whispered in the sound of silence

Meaning of The Sound of Silence

 

1) Silent treatment

2) Silence can be communication

3) Silence can signify a lack of communication

4) Is the song about the city or the country side and how do we know from the lyrics?

5) Social alienation

 

April Come She Will

 

April come she will

When streams are ripe and swelled with rain

May, she will stay

Resting in my arms again

June, she’ll change her tune

In restless walks she’ll prowl the night

July, she will fly

And give no warning to her flight

August, die she must

The autumn winds blow chilly and cold

September I’ll remember

A love once new has now grown old

Meaning of April Come She Will

 

1) Love is like the seasons.

2) Like the seasons, love is cyclical.

3) Like the seasons, love is transitory.

4) Like the seasons, love is not forever.

5) Do you think love is like the seasons?

6) Is reality cyclical and transitory?

 

Scarborough Fair/Canticle

 

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme

Remember me to one who lives there

She once was a true love of mine

Tell her to make me a cambric shirt

(On the side of a hill in the deep forest green)

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme

(Tracing a sparrow on snow-crested ground)

Without no seams nor needlework

(Blankets and bedclothes the child of the mountain)

Then she’ll be a true love of mine

(Sleeps unaware of the clarion call)

Tell her to find me an acre of land

(On the side of a hill, a sprinkling of leaves)

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme

(Washes the ground with so many tears)

Between the salt water and the sea strand

(A soldier cleans and polishes a gun)

Then she’ll be a true love of mine

Tell her to reap it in a sickle of leather

(War bellows, blazing in scarlet battalions)

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme

(Generals order their soldiers to kill)

And to gather it all in a bunch of heather

(And to fight for a cause they’ve long ago forgotten)

Then she’ll be a true love of mine

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme

Remember me to one who lives there

She once was a true love of mine

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme

Remember me to one who lives there

She once was a true love of mine

Tell her to make me a cambric shirt

(On the side of a hill in the deep forest green)

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme

(Tracing a sparrow on snow-crested ground)

Without no seams nor needlework

(Blankets and bedclothes the child of the mountain)

Then she’ll be a true love of mine

(Sleeps unaware of the clarion call)

Tell her to find me an acre of land

(On the side of a hill, a sprinkling of leaves)

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme

(Washes the ground with so many tears)

Between the salt water and the sea strand

(A soldier cleans and polishes a gun)

Then she’ll be a true love of mine

Tell her to reap it in a sickle of leather

(War bellows, blazing in scarlet battalions)

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme

(Generals order their soldiers to kill)

And to gather it all in a bunch of heather

(And to fight for a cause they’ve long ago forgotten)

Then she’ll be a true love of mine

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme

Remember me to one who lives there

She once was a true love of mine

Meaning of Scarborough Fair/Canticle

 

1) Use of counterpoint

2) The original song is an old love story ballad asking for impossible tasks to be accomplished by the girl.

3) The second song is an antiwar song written by Simon (Vietnam War protest song).

4) Make love not war

The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine

 

Do people have a tendency to dump on you?

Does your group have more cavities than theirs?

Do all the hippies seem to get the jump on you?

Do you sleep alone when others sleep in pairs?

Well there’s no need to complain

We’ll eliminate your pain

We can neutralize your brain

You’ll feel just fine

Buy a big bright green pleasure machine!

Do figures of authority just shoot you down?

Is life within the business world a drag?

Did your boss just mention that you’d better shop around

To find yourself a more productive bag?

Are you worried and distressed?

Can’t seem to get no rest?

Put our product to the test

You’ll feel just fine

Buy a big bright green pleasure machine!

Meaning of The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine

 

1) The song is a mild critique of Materialism

2) The High Price of Materialism

Mrs. Robinson

 

 

And here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson,

Jesus loves you more than you will know.

God bless you, please Mrs. Robinson.

Heaven holds a place for those who pray,

Hey, hey, hey

Hey, hey, hey

We’d like to know a little bit about you for our files

We’d like to help you learn to help yourself.

Look around you all you see are sympathetic eyes,

Stroll around the grounds until you feel at home.

And here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson,

Jesus loves you more than you will know.

God bless you, please, Mrs. Robinson.

Heaven holds a place for those who pray,

Hey, hey, hey

Hey, hey, hey

Hide it in the hiding place where no one ever goes.

Put it in your pantry with your cupcakes.

It’s a little secret just the Robinson’s affair.

Most of all you’ve got to hide it from the kids.

 

Koo-koo-ka-choo, Mrs. Robinson,

Jesus loves you more than you will know.

God bless you, please, Mrs. Robinson.

Heaven holds a place for those who pray,

Hey, hey, hey

Hey, hey, hey

 

Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon.

Going to the candidates’ debate.

Laugh about it, shout about it

When you’ve got to choose

Every way you look at this you lose.

 

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio,

Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson.

Jolting Joe has left and gone away,

Hey, hey, hey

Hey, hey, hey

Meaning of Mrs. Robison

 

1) Mrs. Robinson is an alcoholic that has seduced the young son of her husband’s partner.

2) Despite all this Jesus still loves her.

3) What do we call the type of love that is described in this song?

 

AMAZING GRACE (Lyrics) – SUSAN BOYLE

4) Do you believe in the message of the song above?

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https://www.scribd.com/doc/252203617/The-Graduate-Lyrics

 

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