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What is the "Neon god" in "The Sound of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel?

The "neon god" is obviously the sign pictured earlier in the song. But why is it a god? The sign is a god because people made it a god ("the neon god they made"). In praying and bowing to the sign, ...
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What is the significance of the words of the prophets being written on the subway wall?

Some insight can potentially be gained by comparing and contrasting Simon's later song "A Poem on the Underground Wall," in which a graffiti artist's scrawling of a obscenity on the wall of a subway ...
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What was the original "The Sound of Silence" about?

I don't think the song states or implies an ultimate cause. But the proximate cause is made explicit enough: People talking without speaking, People hearing without listening "What we've got ...
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What is the significance of the words of the prophets being written on the subway wall?

"...The Words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls.." I believe these lyrics, and the rest of the song hinge on the Old Testament in the book of Daniel, 5:1-31. At the ...
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What is the significance of the words of the prophets being written on the subway wall?

Jesus claimed that a prophet is without honor in his own country. Where would you find people without honor in modern cities? In other words, where would you find prophets speaking truth that has the ...
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What was the original "The Sound of Silence" about?

Silence is the absence of sound. The title, then, is a paradox. It's important to understand the historical context of folk rock. The world was recovering from a devastating war, not just physically ...
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What is the "Neon god" in "The Sound of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel?

I like @CHEESE's answer very much, and will only add that "neon god they made" almost certainly relates to the worship of technology, with the alienating effects suggested by Garfunkel, regardless of ...
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