Am0 G1 1 Hello darkness, my old friend,
Am2 2I've come to talk with you again,
F3 C4 3Because a vision softly creeping,
F5 C6 4Left it's seeds while I was sleeping,
F7 C8 5And the vision that was planted in my brain
Am9 6Still remains
G10 Am11 7Within the sound of silence.
G12 9In restless dreams I walked alone
Am13 10Narrow streets of cobblestone,
F14 C15 11'neath the halo of a street lamp,
F16 C17 12I turned my collar to the cold and damp
F18 C19 13When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
Am20 14That split the night
G21 Am22 15And touched the sound of silence.
G23 18And in the naked light I saw
Am24 19Ten thousand people, maybe more.
F25 C26 20People talking without speaking,
F27 C28 21People hearing without listening,
F29 C30 22People writing songs that voices never share
Am31 23And no one dare
G32 Am33 24Disturb the sound of silence.
G34 26Fools said i, you do not know
Am35 27Silence like a cancer grows.
F36 C37 28Hear my words that I might teach you,
F38 C39 29Take my arms that I might reach you.
F40 C41 30But my words like silent raindrops fell,
G42 Am43 33In the wells of silence
G44 36And the people bowed and prayed
Am45 37To the neon God they made.
F46 C47 38And the sign flashed out it's warning,
F48 C49 39In the words that it was forming.
F50 40And the sign said, the words of the prophets
Am51 C52 42Are written on the subway walls
C53 43And tenement halls.
G54 Am55 44And whisper'd in the sounds of silence.