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The Sound of Silence  Paul Simon



Hello darkness, my old f[C]riend, I've come to talk with you ag[Dm]ain,
Because a v[F]ision softly c[Bb]reepi[F]ng, left its seeds while I was s[Bb]leepi[F]ng,
And the [Bb]vision that was planted in my br[F]ain still remains, [Dm] [F]
Within the s[C]ound of sil[Dm]ence.
[Dm]In restless dreams I walked a[C]lone, narrow streets of cobblest[Dm]one,
'Neath the halo [F]of a st[Bb]reet la[F]mp, I turned my collar to the c[Bb]old and da[F]mp,
When my e[Bb]yes were stabbed by the flash of a neon li[F]ght that split the n[Dm]ight[F],
And touched the s[C]ound of [Dm]silence.
[Dm]And in the naked light I s[C]aw ten thousand people, maybe m[Dm]ore,
People talking w[F]ithout sp[Bb]eaki[F]ng, people hearing without l[Bb]isteni[F]ng,
People w[Bb]riting songs that voices never sh[F]are, and no one dare,[Dm] [F]
Disturb the s[C]ound of [Dm]silence.
[Dm]"Fools!" said I, "You do not kn[C]ow, silence like a cancer gro[Dm]ws."
"Hear my words that [F]I might t[Bb]each y[F]ou, take my arms that I might r[Bb]each y[F]ou."
But my w[Bb]ords like silent raindrops f[F]el[Dm]l, and ech[F]oed in the we[C]lls of [Dm]silence.
And the people bowed and pra[C]yed to the neon god they m[Dm]ade,
And the sign flashed o[F]ut its w[Bb]arni[F]ng, in the words that it was [Bb]formi[F]ng,
And the signs said "The w[Bb]ords of the prophets are written
On the subway wa[F]lls, and tenement halls" [Dm]
And wh[F]isper'd in the sou[C]nds of s[Dm]ilence.

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