The Sound Of Silence chords

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
  • Simon & Garfunkel: American folk-rock duo consisting of singer songwriters, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. They originate from Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, U.S. and their performance history dates from 1957-1970 with a number of reunion concerts along the way.
  • Music: Key of D Minor in 4/4 time at 106 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: Dm, F, Bb, C

The Sound Of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel

Capo on 1 if playing with the video

The Relative Major Key of Dm is highlighted - Transpose to any other key.
 
              Dm
Intro: 4/4 |       |

 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|    / / - | 

🗝 Dm

Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords   O: Optional Note
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings   R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string    B: Bass Note

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