Paul Simon

The Sound Of Silence

Paul Simon

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The Sound Of Silence

Year: 1965 -

(Paul Simon)

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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