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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hello darkness, my old friend


Tia Mysoa Blog

Well, there you have it folks! The wheels of sunny ol’ South Africa are finally falling off and the days of Braaivleis, Rugby, Sunny skies and Chevrolet are rapidly coming to an end for most common folk. This was the ultimate aim of the Socialist-Communists from the very beginning! The good news, however, is that these bloody bastards are going to have a tough time getting rid of our sunny skies ;-)

I noticed that a Facebook Group calling themselves Grap Blad vir Almal (English: Joke Page For All) were obviously inspired by the present turmoil caused by Eskom's load shedding when they published, in image format, the following short chorus, an adaptation of the lyrics from The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel:

South Africa’s new National Anthem
Sound of Silence
Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you AGAIN
Because a darkness softly creeping
Silos crack while I was sleeping
And the power is off once again,
This is South Africa my friend.


Oddly enough, the original lyrics, created in 1964, ring so true for our present-day circumstances that it gave me shivers down my spine. It speaks of people talking without speaking, and people hearing without listening, the typical liberal-sheeple relationship-parallel that has now grown to epidemic proportions in almost all ‘Western’ countries…

“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…”

Click here to listen to the original version from the 1964 album "Wednesday Morning, 3 AM."

BTW: Garfunkel once summed up the song's meaning as "the inability of people to communicate with each other, not particularly internationally but especially emotionally, so what you see around you are people unable to love each other." Apparently the song was written in Garfunkel’s bathroom, where he turned off the lights to better concentrate.

Source: Eliot, Marc (2010). Paul Simon: A Life. John Wiley and Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-43363-8.

And on this note I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Mike Smith said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Compliments of the season to you too Mate and hope you will bounce back in the New Year.

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