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Sound of Silence

(autistic community version)

Sound of silence by Disturbed

Hello darkness, my old friend

You’ve come to visit once again

I saw you there slowly creeping

I feel it whenever I try sleeping

And the vision that was planted in my brain

Still remains

And the sound of silence.

In voiceless days, I walked alone

Broken streets of sharpened stone

Felt like I was going insane

I turned my collar to the cold and pain

As eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light

In fight or flight

Held in the sound of silence

But in the distance, I saw

People, millions, maybe more

People talking without speaking

People hearing always listening

People writing words that voices never shared

And no one there

Questioned the sound of silence

I spoke “Oh you get it, you all know”

Silence, it made my heart grow

Hear my words that I might reach you

Take my hand, know we are with you

And my words, in concrete they will fall

As I break out the walls of silence

And the people that felt the same

Shouldn’t ever feel no shame

A sign should flash out a warning

In the words that it was forming

Then the sign said, “We are different, don’t judge or help us fall”

“No not at all”

Respect, the sound of silence

All our best and love

Ross Fraser and Jeni Dern

Words – Ross A Fraser

Listen/Sing Along –

Graphic Design App – Canva

Rights – Disturbed and Warner Music Group

Written by Paul Simon

In association with Service Graphics and Cossington Park, Somerset

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Ross Fraser
Ross Fraser
Dec 03, 2023

I have had periods of being unable to speak. Unlike the movies, my mouth doesn't open to release words that don't come. My words swirl around my mind with no exit, no way out. When I begin to be able to speak, my words are tentative. They cautiously escape, soft and fragile words. Almost a whisper, voice cracking as they come. It can be tough but I always make sure that the first thing I say to my wife and daughter is I love you. Followed by a brief hug. I reworked the lyrics to this song just after a period of being unable to speak. It's emotional and heartfelt, but most of all it's for anyone that doesn't us…

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