[Verse 1] Am G Hello darkness, my old friend, Am I've come to talk with you again, F C Because a vision softly creeping, F C Left its seeds while I was sleeping, F C And the vision that was planted in my brain C/B Am Still remains C G Am Within the sound of silence. [Verse 2] G In restless dreams I walked alone Am Narrow streets of cobblestone, F C 'neath the halo of a street lamp, F C I turned my collar to the cold and damp F C When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light C/B Am That split the night C G Am And touched the sound of silence. [Verse 3] G And in the naked light I saw Am Ten thousand people, maybe more. F C People talking without speaking, F C People hearing without listening, F C People writing songs that voices never share C/B Am And no one dare C G Am Disturb the sound of silence. [Verse 4] G Fools said I, you do not know Am Silence like a cancer grows. F C Hear my words that I might teach you, F C Take my arms that I might reach you. F C C/B Am But my words like silent raindrops fell, C And echoed G Am In the wells of silence [Verse 5] G And the people bowed and prayed Am To the neon God they made. F C And the sign flashed out its warning, F C In the words that it was forming. F And the sign said, the words of the prophets C Are written on the subway walls C C/B Am And tenement halls. C G Am And whisper'd in the sounds of silence.