The Sound Of Silence chords & lyrics

by Simon & Garfunkel

The Sound Of Silence was written by Paul Simon. This is the original version that was recorded on March 10, 1964 and released in Oct, 1964 from the album Wednesday Morning 3 AM.

Music: Key of D Minor in 4/4 time at 106 bpm (♩)
Chords: Dm, F, Bb, C
Please note: If you are playing with the video, you will need to place a capo on the 1st fret... all charts below.
Simon and Garfunkel

The Sound Of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel

Capo on 1st fret if playing with the video
Intro: 4/4  |  Dm   |  

 Dm                          C
1. Hello dark-ness, my old friend 
                                 Dm
   I've come to talk with you a-gain 
  F                        Bb        F
   Be-cause a vi-sion soft-ly creep-ing 
                          Bb         F
   Left its seeds while I was sleep-ing 
           Bb                                F
   And the vi-sion that was plant-ed in my brain 
            | F  - Dm  |
   Still re-mains 
                 C      Dm
   With-in The Sound of Si-lence 
 
 Dm                                C
2. In rest-less dreams I walked a-lone 
                               Dm
   Nar-row streets of cob-ble stone
                       Bb        F
   'Neath the ha-lo of a street lamp 
                               Bb       F
   I turned my col-lar to the cold and damp 
            Bb                                         F
   When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a ne-on light 
                  | F  - Dm  |
   That split the night 
 F                   C      Dm
   And touched The Sound of Si-lence  

 Dm                           C
3. And in the nak-ed light I saw
                                 Dm
   Ten thou-sand peo-ple may-be more 
                         Bb         F
   Peo-ple talk-ing with-out speak-ing 
                         Bb           F
   Peo-ple hear-ing with-out lis-ten-ing 
                    Bb                         F
   People writ-ing songs that voi-ces nev-er shared 
          | F  - Dm  |
   No one dared 
  F               C      Dm
   Dis-turb The Sound of Si-lence  

 Dm                              C
4. "Fools!" said I, "you do not know 
                            Dm
   Si-lence like a can-cer grows 
                         Bb          F
   Hear my words that I might teach you 
                        Bb          F
   Take my arms that I might reach you" 
           Bb                            F  | F  - Dm  |
   But my words like si-lent rain-drops fell 
        F               C      Dm
   And ech-oed in the wells of si-lence 

 Dm                            C
5. And the peo-ple bowed and prayed 
                          Dm
   To the ne-on god they made 
                            Bb        F
   And the sign flashed out its warn-ing 
                        Bb        F
   In the words that it was form-ing 
                           Bb                                                  F
   And the sign said "The words of the proph-ets are writ-ten on the sub-way walls 
                 | F  - Dm  |
   And ten-e-ment halls 
        F                  C...    Dm      | Dm / / - |
   And whis-per'd in The Sounds of Si-lence. 

D Minor

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4: Notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

 Right Handed Chord Tabs
           Dm                 F                 Bb                  C 
    e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|---|---|---|
    B|---|---|-3-|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|-4-|     B|-1-|---|---|
    G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|-1-|---|-3-|     G|---|---|---|
    D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|-3-|     D|-1-|---|-2-|     D|---|-2-|---|
    A|---|---|---|x    A|---|---|---|x    A|-1-|---|---|     A|---|---|-3-|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3 

                                                     
Left Handed Chord Tabs
          Dm                 F                 Bb                  C
    |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|---|e
    |-3-|---|---|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |-4-|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B
    |---|-2-|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |-3-|---|-1-|G     |---|---|---|G
    |---|---|---|D     |-3-|---|---|D     |-2-|---|-1-|D     |---|-2-|---|D
   x|---|---|---|A    x|---|---|---|A     |---|---|-1-|A     |-3-|---|---|A
   x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets
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