Size: 7 inches x 5 inches
Sound: "Hello Darkness My Old Friend, I've Come To Talk With You Again"
You're expected to have a birthday every year. You're expected to get together with family and friends, drink, black out, and eat cake. If you're lucky, you score some birthday sex. But what if you don't and you don't care. What if you don't have people to celebrate with you? Does it matter? No it doesn't because there's always the friend you can always count on: darkness.
In October 1964, Simon and Garfunkel released the song “The Sound of Silence” as a track on their debut studio album Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. which features the opening line: “hello darkness, my old friend.”
The first use of the song as a meme came in the form of background music. On July 8th, 2014, YouTuber Joe Bell uploaded a clip of the Sad Brazilian Fan with the song playing in the background. On July 30th, YouTuber convulsion0inc uploaded footage of electronic dance music producer David Guetta performing at the Tomorrowland and playing the song during a EDM drop.
The popularity of these videos paid off and gave rise to the /r/TheSoundofSilence subreddit on February 7, 2015. The meme experienced a rebirth on March 24th 2016 when Yahoo! News published a video interview with the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice lead actors Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, in which they were asked how they felt about the negative reviews of the film while Affleck remained seated in silence looking sad, very sad #SadAffleck.
Alone again for your Birthday? No friends to give gifts or send memes to? Let us introduce you to our old friend, you might recognize him from dank memes.