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The Sound Of Silence ukulele

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              The Sound of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel

Written by: Paul Simon
From: "Wednesday Morning 3 A.M." (1964, studio acoustic version)
      "Sounds Of Silence" (1966, studio version with band overdubs)

Tuning: Standard
tabbed by: maguri

The studio version is in Ebm. S&G play it live in Em, though. 
Paul Simon's 1965 solo´version is in Bm. The live version from
"Live Rhymin'" (1974) is in Dm. In the 90s he played it in Cm.
What's to be learned? Use the key that fits your voice best. Enjoy!


  Ebsus2           Ebm
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  


Ebsus2 3-3-1-1
Ebm    3-3-2-1
Db     1-1-1-4
Gb     3-1-2-1
B      4-3-2-2



| Ebsus2 | Ebm

[Verse 1]

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

[Verse 2]

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

[Verse 3]

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

[Verse 4]

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

[Verse 5] + outro

Ebm                        Db
 And the people bowed and prayed
Db                     Ebm
 To the neon God they made.
Ebm       Gb                  B      Gb
 And the sign flashed out i-its warning
Gb                        B     Gb
 In the words that it wa-as forming.
        Gb              B
And the sign said the words of the prophets
    B                     Gb
Are written on the subway walls
             Gb       Ebm      
And tenement halls
    Gb                Db     Db       Ebsus2      Ebm 
And whispered in the sounds ... of silence

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judesmusic 4,344 Aug 22, 2016 10:31 AM

This is great thanks. I transposed up to Em and it was much easier for me.

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GayleMG 10 Jan 26, 2017 03:00 PM

Thank you for this! The intro and outro are helpful for me as a beginner. I transposed to Em so I can hit the low notes (I'm female).

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