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The Sound Of Silence Acoustic chords

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  • It's a Fingerstyle Arrangement in Em (Capo 2nd Fret).
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The Sound of Silence      Simon & Garfunkel          Capo 6th fret     4/4 time

(Am 1,2,3 C 4) = 1 measure & beats you play the chord 

(F   C) = 1 measure

(C) = one 2/4 measure

[Verse 1]

Am  Am                      G        G                           Am
     Hello darkness, my old friend,  I've come to talk with you again,
(Am 1,2         C 3, 4)(F   C)        C                          (F   C)  
Because a vision softly creeping,     Left it's seeds while I was sleeping,
(C)      F               F             C           (C    Am)
 And the vision that was planted in my brain still remains   
(C)         G        Am                                              
 Within the sound of silence.                                        

[Verse 2]

Am                            G        G                        Am
 In restless dreams I walked alone     narrow streets of cobblestone,
(Am 1,2,3         C 4)(F      C)        C                        (F        C)
  'Neath the halo of a street lamp,     I turned my collar to the cold and damp
(C)      F                        F               C                   (C   Am)
 When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light that split the night,
(C)              G        Am
 And touched the sound of silence.

[Verse 3]

Am                        G        G                          Am
 And in the naked light I saw      ten thousand people, maybe more.
(Am 1,2,3         C 4)    (F  C)      C                      (F   C)
   People talking without speaking,   People hearing without listening,
(C)     F                  F            C               (C   Am)
 People writing songs that voices never share And no one dare
(C)          G        Am
 Disturb the sound of silence.

[Verse 4]

Am                        G         G                     Am
 Fools said I, you do not know      Silence like a cancer grows.
(Am 1,2,3           C 4)   (F     C)      C                        (F     C)
 Hear my words that I might teach you;    take my arms that I might reach you.
(C)     F          F                C     (C  Am)     C             G        Am
 But my words like silent raindrops fell,         and echoed in the wells of silence.

[Verse 5]

Am                        G          G                    Am
 And the people bowed and prayed     to the neon God they made.
(Am 1,2,3            C 4)     (F  C)        C                       (F  C)
 And the sign flashed out it's warning,     in the words that it was forming.
C                          F                         F                     C
   And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
            (C     Am)   C                G         Am          Am
And tenement halls”. And whispered in the sounds of silence.   

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lane298 141 Feb 04, 2017 06:57 PM, edited on February 5 2017, 12:11 am

See the Power Tab Version of Sound of Silence here:

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lane298 141 Feb 04, 2017 07:03 PM

See my Power Tab of Starry Starry Night (Vincent) by Don McLean here:


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twfahey 10 Jun 09, 2017 03:49 PM

Right on brother, sounded perfect

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