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I murmur without words.
I sing without a voice.
Always marching forward,
I never have a choice.

Sometimes I am followed,
But often I am broken.
Sometimes I am listened to,
But words I've never spoken.

What am I?

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    $\begingroup$ Wow, you're churning out lots of excellent short riddles! Keep going :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Apr 30 '15 at 7:36
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I think you are a:

Heart

I murmur without words.

Abnormal sounds from the heart are known as heart murmurs

I sing without a voice.

"Every heart sings a song..." - Plato

Always marching forward,
I never have a choice. 

Hearts keep beating by involuntary action

Sometimes I am followed,
But often I am broken.
Sometimes I am listened to,

Follow your heart. Broken hearted. Listen to your heart (not your head).

But words I've never spoken.

...well, obviously...

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Could you be

Rain

I murmur without words.

Falling rain seems like a murmuring crowd

I sing without a voice.

Rainsticks are a common musical instrument

Always marching forward, I never have a choice.

Rain can only fall, never going upwards

Sometimes I am followed,

By a thunder

But often I am broken.

By umbrellas?

Sometimes I am listened to,

Have you ever been in your bed listening to falling rain?

But words I've never spoken.

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I'm thinking the:

Wind

A small breeze , wind-chimes, it's not like the wind ever blows backwards or chooses where it goes. You can follow the winds or listen to them to try and predict the weather(sailing) , and you can find shelter or clothes to break the wind. (I'm not 100% happy with the answer but it's all I can think of)

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  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, not the answer, but it's a good thought. I'd say "always marching forward" wouldn't fit, as sometimes the wind doesn't blow. Also, I'm not sure how the wind can be "broken". $\endgroup$ – Cubicon Apr 30 '15 at 3:29
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    $\begingroup$ Oh wait, duh... windbreaker. Still, keep trying! $\endgroup$ – Cubicon Apr 30 '15 at 3:30
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Perhaps the answer is along these lines:

A babbling brook, murmuring, singing unable to stop or retreat.
It is possible to follow the course of a stream; and white water is broken by rocks and shallows. Certainly it is possible to listen to it and even to find answers; but no words are spoken.

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    $\begingroup$ It's a good answer, but I can't say I've ever heard a river/brook sing. $\endgroup$ – Cubicon Apr 30 '15 at 4:56
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My answer:

A train engine

I murmur without words.

Purr of the engine

I sing without a voice.

Mobil makes your engine sing

Always marching forward, I never have a choice.

Trains can't go backwards

Sometimes I am followed,

by other cars or trains

But often I am broken.

engines are notorious for breaking

Sometimes I am listened to, But words I've never spoken.

A conductor would be listening to the engine

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