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The Sound Of Silence chords

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  • It's a Fingerstyle Arrangement in Em (Capo 2nd Fret).
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              The Sound of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel
Tuning: Standard
tabbed by: maguri

Simon & Garfunkel
The Sound of Silence

From: "Wednesday Morning 3 A.M." (1964, studio acoustic version)
      "Sounds Of Silence" (1966, studio version with band overdubs)
      "The Concert in Central Park" (1982)
      "Live from New York City, 1967" (2002)
      "Live 1969" (2008)
      "Old Friends - Live on Stage" (2004)

Paul Simon solo version on: "The Paul Simon Songbook" (1965)


      studio versions   live versions    Paul Simon solo version
capo: 6th fret          7th fret         2nd fret
play: Am                Am               Am
key:  Ebm               Em               Bm

Use these capo positions to play along to the original recordings.
Other than that, just use the key that suits the range of your voice best.

Asus2     x-0-2-2-0-0
C/B       x-2-x-0-x-x


| Asus2 | Am

[Verse 1]

Hello darkness my old friend
G                            Am
 I've come to talk with you again
          C             F     C          
Because a vision softly-y creeping
C                          F      C                  
 Left its seeds while I wa-as sleeping
C        F                             C    
 And the vision that was planted in my brain
        C     C/B Am       
Still remains
C           G        Am         Am                  
 Within the sound of silence

[Verse 2]

 In restless dreams I walked alone
G                        Am
 Narrow streets of cobblestone
Am          C         F        C
 'Neath the halo of a-a street lamp
C                          F        C
 I turned my collar to the cold and damp
C        F                                        C     
 When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
               C     C/B Am      
That split the night
C                G        Am
 And touched the sound of silence

[Verse 3]

Am                        G
 And in the naked light I saw
G                           Am
 Ten thousand people maybe more
Am      C           F       C
 People talking without speaking
C                      F       C
 People hearing withou-out listening
C               F                       C
 People writing songs that voices never share
           C     C/B  Am      
And no one dare
C            G        Am
 Disturb the sound of silence

[Verse 4]

Am                        G
 Fools said I you do not know
G                      Am
 Silence like a cancer grows
Am       C               F          C
 Hear my words that I mi-ight teach you
C                       F          C
 Take my arms that I mi-ight reach you
C       F                          |  C  | C  C/B Am    |
 But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed
       G        Am
In the wells of silence

[Verse 5]

Am                        G
 And the people bowed and prayed
G                     Am
 To the neon God they made.
Am       C                  F      C
 And the sign flashed out i-its warning
C                        F     C
 In the words that it wa-as forming.
        C              F
And the sign said the words of the prophets
    F                     C
Are written on the subway walls
             C     C/B  Am      
And tenement halls
    C                G     G       Asus2      Am 
And whispered in the sounds ... of silence

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beatboy65 5,099 Jul 03, 2016 12:14 AM

Encyclopaedic information on keys and capos is excellent- nicely formatted- excellent work!

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motoclangers [tm] 13,830 Sep 02, 2016 06:58 PM

Great Tab,great Info,well done

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alecrussell28 10 Jun 30, 2017 04:49 PM

Love the pre-text giving capos, and keys of the different versions. so helpful for improving and playing along with the record

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