Artist Simon And Garfunkel
Album Sounds Of Silence
Note Chords posted are in the same key as the recording in 1969. Pick the first paragraph, and then the rest is strumming until the last 3 words. Optionally you can play a Dm instead of a Dsus2 in the first verse, but as suggested the Dsus2 sounds better!
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Chords in this song

A# chordC chordDm chordDsus2 chordF chord

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Dsus2Dsus2 chord                     CC chord
   Hello darkness, my old friend,
                           Dsus2Dsus2 chord
I've come to talk with you again,
                     BbBb chord       FF chord
Because a vision softly creeping,
                        BbBb chord       FF chord
Left it's seeds while I was sleeping,
        BbBb chord                             FF chord
And the vision that was planted in my brain
        Dsus2Dsus2 chord
Still remains
           CC chord        DmDm chord
Within the sound of silence.

                             CC chord
In restless dreams I walked alone
                        DmDm chord
Narrow streets of cobblestone,
                   BbBb chord        FF chord
'neath the halo of a street lamp,
                          BbBb chord        FF chord
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
        BbBb chord                                        FF chord
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
               DmDm chord
That split the night
                CC chord        DmDm chord
And touched the sound of silence.

                         CC chord
And in the naked light I saw
                           DmDm chord
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
                   BbBb chord       FF chord
People talking without speaking,
                   BbBb chord        FF chord
People hearing without listening,
               BbBb chord                       FF chord
People writing songs that voices never share
           DmDm chord
And no one dare
            CC chord        DmDm chord
Disturb the sound of silence.

                         CC chord
Fools said i, you do not know
                      DmDm chord
Silence like a cancer grows.
                     BbBb chord           FF chord
Hear my words that I might teach you,
                    BbBb chord           FF chord
Take my arms that I might reach you.
       BbBb chord                           FF chord
But my words like silent raindrops fell,

And echoed
       CC chord        DmDm chord
In the wells of silence

                         CC chord
And the people bowed and prayed
                     DmDm chord
To the neon God they made.
                         BbBb chord       FF chord
And the sign flashed out it's warning,
                      BbBb chord     FF chord
In the words that it was forming.
                       BbBb chord
And the sign said, the words of the prophets

    DmDm chord                    FF chord
Are written on the subway walls
             FF chord
And tenement halls.
                     CC chord         DmDm chord
And whisper'd in the sounds of silence.
                    /                  /              
      Picking, here            to here    
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