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The memo.

"A Tale of Birds Without a Voice" is a memo written in blood that Harry Mason can find in the music room on the second floor of Midwich Elementary School in Silent Hill.[1]


The memo is on the music room chalkboard, written over the sheet music for a song. It can be viewed at any time prior to completing the clock tower puzzle.

The memo acts as a guide allowing the player to complete the piano puzzle in the same room.


It's written in blood.

"A Tale of Birds Without a Voice"
First flew the greedy Pelican,
Eager for the reward,
White wings flailing.

Then came a silent Dove,
Flying beyond the Pelican,
As far as he could.

A Raven flies in,
Flying higher than the Dove,
Just to show that he can.

A Swan glides in,
To find a peaceful spot,
Next to another bird.

Finally out comes a Crow,
Coming quickly to a stop,
Yawning and then napping.

Who will show the way,
Who will be the key,
Who will lead to
The silver reward."

It's written in blood.

"A Contest of Voiceless Birds"

The greedy duck is first to take flight,
In desperate pursuit of the prize,
Flapping away its wings of white.

The snooty pelican is next in stride,
Sailing far beyond the greedy duck,
Snobbishly beaming with a look of pride.

The high-flying swallow is third in tow,
Rising high above the snooty pelican,
Laughing gaily and dancing to and fro.

The slow sailor seagull is next in the race,
Flapping and flying with all of its might,
Leaving the duck behind in last place.

Last but not least is the big lazy crow,
Choosing to nap over flying and singing,
Relaxing and yawning as great as a bellow.

A flock of voiceless birds unsettled,
Causing great fuss over one special medal.

Who will win the glistening prize--
A medal of silver so shiny and bright?










Demo version

The memo also makes an appearance in the demo version that was shipped with the Official PlayStation U.S. Magazine #16. The text in that version is largely different.

"A tales of notes lost birds"

First flew a hasty pelican,
Rushing for the reward.

Next flew a dandy stork,
Eager to show he could
fly higher than the pelican.

I forget who came next, but
she only flew a half flap overhead
the stork.
The one came next to the dandy.
Just left of him.

Last out came a raven of
low birth she yawned and
lay down for a nap.

The End.


  • The official English localization of the memo differs greatly from the original Japanese script. Though the reasoning behind the changes are unknown, it can likely be assumed that they were intentional to make the puzzle itself easier to solve.
  • The sheet music the memo is written on clearly says, "D'ont trust anyone over thirty"(sic) by "Moonriders". The Moonriders are a real rock/new wave band from Japan. The song debuted on their 1986 album, Don't Trust Over Thirty.


  1. Lost Memories: Silent Hill Chronicle, Materials for solve, SILENT HILL (pg.114-115).


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