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. It gives a clue to the Piano Puzzle located in the same room. A gold medallion must first be placed in the Clock Tower for the piano to be unlocked. Solving the puzzle will allow Harry to obtain the silver medallion, which is needed to unlock the clock tower door.
The text for the puzzle differs largely between the original Japanese script and the English localization. The reason for the change is unknown.
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?
In the demo version that was shipped with the Official PlayStation U.S. Magazine #16, the text of the memo was largely different. The memo in the demo was as follows:
- "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."