Paul Simon

The Sound Of Silence

Paul Simon

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The Sound Of Silence

Year: 1965 -

Written by Paul Simon

Capo on 1st fret

Intro: Em     
 Em                                    D     
Hello, darkness, my old friend.     
I've come to talk with you again,     
                                        C     G     
Because a vision softly creeping     
                                            C    G     
Left its seeds while I was sleeping,     
                   C                                      G                  
And the vision that was planted in my brain   
 still remains     
G                    D             Em     
Within the sound of silence.   
In restless dreams I walked alone,     
Narrow streets of cobblestone.     
                                    C      G     
'Neath the halo of a street lamp,     
                                        C           G     
I turned my collar to the cold and damp,     
                    C                                                         G     
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash by a neon light     
That split the night     
   G                          D           Em     
And touched the sound of silence.   
And in the naked light I saw     
Ten thousand people, maybe more:     
                                       C     G     
People talking without speaking,     
                                       C      G     
People hearing without listening,     
                            C                                 G     
People writing songs that voices never shared?     
No one dared     
   G                  D            Em     
Disturb the sound of silence.   
"Fools!" said I, "You do not know    
Silence like a cancer grows.     
                                              C       G     
Hear my words that I might teach you,     
                                            C        G     
Take my arms that I might reach you."     
                  C                        G      Em     
But my words like silent raindrops fell,    
                D          Em     
In the wells of silence.   
And the people bowed and prayed     
To the neon god they made,     
                                             C     G     
And the sign flashed out its warning,     
                                        C      G     
In the words that it was forming,    
                                          C                                                                  G   
And the sign said, "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls   
And tenement halls     
              G                       D           Em     
And whispered in the sounds of silence. 


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