June 6: Bob Dylan & Paul Simon – The Sound Of Silence, Colorado Springs, 1999 (Video)

bob dylan paul simon 1999

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

World Arena
Colorado Springs, Colorado
6 June 1999

  • Bob Dylan (vocal, harmonica & acoustic guitar)
  • Paul Simon (vocal & electric guitar)
  • Mark Stewart (electric guitar)
  • Vincent Nguini (electric guitar)
  • Bakhithi Kumalo (bass)
  • Steve Gadd (drums)

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned 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 share
And 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 sounds of silence

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8 thoughts on “June 6: Bob Dylan & Paul Simon – The Sound Of Silence, Colorado Springs, 1999 (Video)”

  1. well if you really want to hear Dylan do Simon and Garfunkel. listen to the wonderful cover of The BOxer on Self Portrait. the only place you will ever hear bob singing with himself. amazing recording. I think at one point it’s three dylans doing harmony. this is a great performance if bob could only keep track of his own harmonicas!!!

  2. Bob is clearly channeling Art Garfunkel, he has always had the hair for it! Here he demonstrates that “less is often more.” He lets Paul set up a fine rhythm, and then brings the house down with his signature instrument. But the accompanying vocals add just the right touch to make this a very memorable performance.

  3. That was wonderful, Bob Dylan & Paul Simon! I have never heard this before. Thank you for finding it and letting us hear and see it!

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