Sound Of Silence
Paul Simon (1964)


2/4 | d u D u |


Intro Fingerpicking Pattern over this Em9 chord

A-----2-----2--|-----2-----2--|
E--------2-----|--------2-----|
C--4-----------|--4-----------|
G--------------|--------------|
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[Em] Hello darkness, my old [D] friend
I've come to talk with you a- [Em] gain
Because a vision soft- [C] ly creep- [G] in
Left its seeds while I wa- [C] as sleep- [G] ing
And the [C] vision that was [C] planted in my [G] brain
Still re- [Em] mains
[G] Within the [D] sound of [Em] silence [Em↓]

In restless dreams I walked a- [D] lone
Narrow streets of cobble- [Em] stone
'Neath the halo of a [C] street- [G] lamp
I turned my collar to the [C] cold and [G] damp
When my [C] eyes were stabbed by the [C] flash of a neon [G] light
That split the [Em] night
[G] And touched the [D] sound
of [Em] silence

[Em] And in the naked light I [D] saw
Ten thousand people, maybe [Em] more
People talking with- [C] out speak- [G] ing
People hearing with- [C] out listen- [G] ing
People writing [C] songs that [C] voices
never [G] share
And no one [Em] dare
[G] Disturb the [D] sound of [Em] silence

[Em] “Fools” said I, “You do not [D] know
Silence like a cancer [Em] grows
Hear my words that I might [C] teach [G] you
Take my arms that I might [C] reach [G] you”
But my [C] words like [C] silent raindrops [G] fell [Em]
And [G] echoed in the [D] wells of [Em] silence

[Em] And the people bowed and [D] prayed
To the neon God they [Em] made
And the sign flashed out [C] its warn- [G] ing
In the words that it wa- [C] as form- [G] ing
And the sign said “The [C] words of the prophets
Are [C] written on the subway [G] walls
And tenement [Em] halls
And [G] whispered in the [D↓] sounds
of [Intro FP] [Em] silence [Em]

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E--------2-----|--------2-----|
C--4-----------|--4-----------|
G--------------|--------------|
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#Original key is semitone lower (Ebm) so a capo won't help for playing along.
#Thanks to Sharon and VUP (Vernon Ukulele Players) for this great chart.
#Last Updated 1/5/18 JJ
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