Artist Simon And Garfunkel
Album Sounds Of Silence
Genre(s)
Note Chords posted are in the same key as the recording in 1969. Pick the first paragraph, and then the rest is strumming until the last 3 words. Optionally you can play a Dm instead of a Dsus2 in the first verse, but as suggested the Dsus2 sounds better!
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Dsus2                     C
   Hello darkness, my old friend,
                           Dsus2
I've come to talk with you again,
                     Bb       F
Because a vision softly creeping,
                        Bb       F
Left it's seeds while I was sleeping,
        Bb                             F
And the vision that was planted in my brain
        Dsus2
Still remains
           C        Dm
Within the sound of silence.

                             C
In restless dreams I walked alone
                        Dm
Narrow streets of cobblestone,
                   Bb        F
'neath the halo of a street lamp,
                          Bb        F
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
        Bb                                        F
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
               Dm
That split the night
                C        Dm
And touched the sound of silence.


                         C
And in the naked light I saw
                           Dm
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
                   Bb       F
People talking without speaking,
                   Bb        F
People hearing without listening,
               Bb                       F
People writing songs that voices never share
           Dm
And no one dare
            C        Dm
Disturb the sound of silence.


                         C
Fools said i, you do not know
                      Dm
Silence like a cancer grows.
                     Bb           F
Hear my words that I might teach you,
                    Bb           F
Take my arms that I might reach you.
       Bb                           F
But my words like silent raindrops fell,

And echoed
       C        Dm
In the wells of silence


                         C
And the people bowed and prayed
                     Dm
To the neon God they made.
                         Bb       F
And the sign flashed out it's warning,
                      Bb     F
In the words that it was forming.
                       Bb
And the sign said, the words of the prophets


    Dm                    F
Are written on the subway walls
             F
And tenement halls.
                     C         Dm
And whisper'd in the sounds of silence.
                    /                  /              
      Picking, here            to here    
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Ukulily

For the Anna Kendrick version from trolls, +4 is in the right key. When in +4, you can substitute Gbsus2 for Gbm for easier :)

Marielle Weaver

Can you explain to me what +4 means

ca

Look at the top there’s an option to transpose. Click on +4

Mr Sparkles

I am here for the memes.

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Rhiannon

hey, 5+ is definitely the simplest chord arrangement

JULIA

I changed the Asus2 to Am on -5 and it sounds fine

Anonymous

If u switch E to C, it makes the transition to different chords easier.

M

I think +1 is the original song

Cat

Good picking method:
–0—0—-
—-0——
0———-
———– try this whole playing Dsus2

Person :)

I prefer playing this with Dm

diabetes cat

+2 is the best version it fits the original song so well
also try 2-4-3-4 for fingerpicking parts and D-d-d for strumming
(i started counting the strings from the top, D=strum heavily, d= strum lightly)

Ukuboii

I think that Dsus2 should be replaced with Dm, it sounds a bit more like the original song.

brodie

i found +2 best for my voice (alto), but also the easiest in terms of playing the chords!

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