by Simon & Garfunkel tabs | tabbed by hamptonk
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+10   December 3 2005, 08:41 am by giu_ri |
this is it. Great song for rooks
July 31 2006, 06:28 am by tuluks |
its great mate but i dont have a capo so ill just have to use bar chords.
-5   February 25 2007, 04:51 pm by cockels |
do u really need a capo. cuz its sounds normal with just normal cords
+2   March 19 2007, 04:39 pm by Rockaholic!!! |
Wow....I love this song. I'm going to go and play it now!!
+10   July 5 2007, 09:42 pm by jameswm1969 |
cockels it would work with no capo but using the capo makes it a higher key and the same as the original key.
+1   October 25 2007, 09:51 am by Dave Hoppus |
That's great man !!! Very accurate tab
February 14 2008, 10:25 am by Tomthe3rd |
what do ineed to pick at the start and at the end??
+3   February 25 2008, 08:38 pm by whatsernamexm14 |

p.s. i love how your smiley :D is counted as a cord in this song
+1   March 3 2008, 01:53 am by radcore |
nice job drooge. this is perfect
+6   March 8 2008, 03:10 pm by Who66 |
Asus2 for intro.
June 25 2008, 08:46 am by CommanderBrave |
is there any chance to play it without capo (cant find mine :( )
+2   August 9 2008, 09:10 pm by Jackdoor |
Here they are playing it with capo on 7

Also the very first Am should be Asus2 which is:

e|-0 Picked like this: e|---0---0---0---0-|
B|-0 B|-----0-------0---|
G|-2 G|-2-------2-------|
D|-2 D|-----------------|
A|-0 A|-----------------|
E|-X E|-----------------|

Other than this the chords are all correct and its probably the best version of this song on the net :) nice work
+4   August 9 2008, 09:12 pm by Jackdoor |
lol, sorry that tab messed up should look like this:

+2   October 20 2008, 08:45 pm by willwelsh816 |
i just pick randomly, i tried making it my own
+4   November 19 2008, 10:43 pm by Who66 |
^^the intro is Asus2, and there's a walkdown via C/b somewhere, but this is the gist of it for sure.
-5   March 14 2009, 10:31 pm by jparsons37 |
It's to be capo'd on the 5th fret, not the sixth, I've seen numerous vids on youtube and they all show Paul playing it on the 5th.
+7   June 16 2009, 09:24 pm by eschelar |
Agreed with who66.

The Am is varied a bit by simply lifting the first finger up.

Watch on youtube:

PS. Capo'd on 6th.

If you don't have a capo, get one. They are like 5 bucks. I got mine for $3.50. It works fine and doesn't hurt my guitar.

Also, the ending of this appears to be slightly flawed. In the above YT vid, Paul Simon sticks to the F, C, F, C, Am, G, Am pattern. The above tab breaks this in the last verse.

Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.
G Am
And whisper'd in the sounds of silence.

There may of course be other versions where the ending is played differently and matches the above tab.

PS. Great tab, thanks!
June 16 2009, 09:26 pm by eschelar |
er. The above correction lost all the spaces, so the chord indicators don't match the correct spots. Sorry. It was a cut and paste. I'll try again. Sorry if it doesn't work.

Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.
G Am
And whisper'd in the sounds of silence.
June 17 2009, 07:49 am by eschelar |
another version, capo'd at 5th.
December 9 2009, 01:08 pm by eidlawnairb |
hold the F where it says written at the end.. not Am
+1   December 19 2009, 01:36 pm by lblovej |
This is perfect! Love it!! Thanks!!!
~ lblovej
+3   February 6 2010, 11:24 pm by peterk05 |
This capo debate is quite stupid.
Yes, the two different videos posted are both in different keys.
The original recording is capo 6, but like most artists, it is sometimes sung half step down when live (some days the voice just isn't quite up to the high notes).
Elton John hardly sings any songs in their original key anymore because his voice has changed over the years.

Anyway, awesome song with the best two part harmonies.
+1   September 17 2010, 11:03 am by AustinTyler |
Agreed with above, play in the key that best suits your voice.
-1   January 22 2011, 12:52 pm by Minotauros |
Depending on where the capo is, you play different chords, even with the recording. Original song is capoed @ 6 and you play an Am, capoed @ 1 you play a Dm, capoed @ 3 you play a C, uncapoed you play an Eb. Get a capo chord chart off the 'net to transpose.
+1   March 13 2011, 08:56 am by PMcCJLGHRS |
They did it in many keys...

That's quite good...
December 12 2011, 09:47 am by A_VIRAL_FEVER |
the song goes up by a single half step from the "fools said i, you do not know part", so transpose all chords up by a single half step
June 19 2012, 02:16 pm by mojonola |
The words are all in Dsharp minor its easy to sing (thats the idea.) But the rest of the structure isn't simple at all.

This is a modal tune that works off a buch of scales, including B Phygian and E natural minor, C# major pentatonic, etc.....and includes, C# minor, B major (6th of C#), F sharp Major (third of C#).....the F# moves to the C# (cadence #1), If you hear it, you can work it out on the piano.....where PS wrote most of his stuff.

You can put the capo where-ever you find it comfortable and you can sing over that Aminor shape....but thats the easy part. Cheers. Music lessons
July 2 2012, 10:06 pm by ilikeditright!! |
For a lower tone in guitar try this:
Capo 1 (all chords relative to capo)
Am = Dm
G = C
F = A#
C = F

That way if you have a hard time singing it you can move the capo up or down and be in the same key
+4   August 30 2012, 06:17 am by Rickytheb5th |
Your musical analysis is wrong. Let me explain.

Firstly, being in D# minor doesn’t make the song any easier to sing. This depends entirely on the singing range of the individual. Someone may find it easier to sing in C minor, A minor, F# minor etc.

Miles Davies did modal tunes, this song is not a modal tune. Contrary to your opinion, the structure of this song’s chord progression is actually about as basic as it gets. It’s really just a simple I IV V chord progression with the added vi, which functions as the I chord in certain places. This is one of the, if not the most common chord progression around. As you’ve alluded to, the song (at least on the original recorded version) is in D# natural minor (or F# major, depending on your view), so chord structure is roughly as follows:

vi – D#min (minor sixth)
V = C# (Dominant fifth)
IV = B (Major fourth)
I = F# (Major first/tonic)

The F# Major scale: F# G# A# B C# D# E# F#
The D# natural minor scale: D# E# F# G# A# B C# D#

All chords are diatonic (meaning the notes are found within) to either the D# natural minor or the F# Major scales (both scales contain the same notes), and there are no deviations.

Your reference to modes is completely incorrect. You refer to the B Phrygian and E natural minor (I assume you mean Aeolian), which are both derivatives of the G major scale. If you were to associate the modes of the major scale with this song (which is in F# major/D# minor), then you would be looking at A# Phrygian and D# natural minor (Aeolian). It seems as though you are out by a semi-tone.

Next, I don’t know how you’ve arrived at the conclusion that this song uses C# minor. It does however use C# Major. While you are correct in saying that it uses B major, you are incorrect in saying that it’s the 6th of C#. B is actually the b7th of C#. The 6th of C# is A#. Also, the third of C# Major is E#, not F#. If you’re talking about C# minor, then the third would be E.

Sorry for the essay, but the misinformation given on these boards only confuses people who are trying to understand music. I find it ironic/jaw-dropping that at the end of your post you offer music lessons!!!

If anyone wants any clarification on any of this just let me know.

Regarding the capo debate, if you put the capo on fret 6 you get D# minor, if you put it on fret 5 you get D minor, if you put it on 7 you get E minor etc. Just put it wherever sounds best, particularly if you’re singing along. Alternatively, you don’t need the capo (although Paul Simon does use one), just play D#min/C#/B/F# etc, you’ll benefit in the long run.
+1   June 5 2013, 12:24 pm by Jesus_is_Savior |
Great work on this song. Thank you for your contribution.

June 16 2013, 10:38 pm by ilbeyrbird |
if you dont have a capo use a rubberband and a pencil
August 20 2013, 12:38 pm by HenryT97 |
This is epicly well done! Five stars!!
+2   October 19 2013, 06:17 pm by christinaayers |
The end is wrong shouldn't it be

the words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.
November 12 2013, 05:37 pm by forever student |
December 5 2013, 11:42 am by cejesus |
Isn't 7th fret ???
December 29 2013, 12:22 pm by matttassiello |
take all the chords down 6 half steps and you don't need a capo, a capo might be easier
January 1 2014, 10:18 pm by Seamus_Fallon26 |
piking goes 3,1,2,1,3,1,2,1
March 5 2014, 10:49 pm by ixim_ |
Capo 2 works if you can't quite reach the high notes on capo 6.
March 7 2014, 05:13 pm by krm27 |
Great tab. Also, very nice analysis / essay by Richytheb5th.

I was playing this last night, and could not find my capo, and it turned out it was not that hard to play with barre chords, very little movement:

D#m = Am barre shape on 6th fret which is one of easiest barre shapes (I find the Am barre shape a lot easier / cleaner than regular A barre shape, but that's just me)
C# = E barre shape on 9th fret, also easy.
B = E barre shape on 7th fret, also easy.
F# = C barre shape on 6th fret, which is the trickest. However, it turns out that the C barre shape is identical to the Am barre shape except you move your pinky from G string (8th fret) to A string (9th fret) while keeping all other fingers the same, which is a pretty easy transition when you get used to it.

With those four barre shapes, you sound just like the original capo version and you don't have to worry about having capo handy AND you are getting good practice at barre shapes. Though I know theoretical concept of C-barre shape, I have never actually used it, so this is a great opportunity for me to get comfortable with it and add it to my "bag."

I saw somewhere else an outro shape (x68866 = D#sus2, I think) which is also very easy to barre, just lift up middle finger from the Am-barre shape. I think if that shape is held while playing the picking pattern above (3-1-2-1-3-1-2-1 or something like that) it sounds right.
May 3 2014, 09:47 am by thesurferboy |
capo is very importand to that song. but maybe capo 7 is better.
you can try it with the intro:
-1   September 16 2014, 03:32 pm by Mikeilt |
No capo? Use a thick elastic band to hold a pencil as a capo (I've done this many times).
+1   October 30 2014, 02:46 pm by killb3yond |
You do that.
February 16 2015, 01:31 pm by cameron.aerts |
This is great!
February 23 2015, 12:55 pm by hakanostlund |
Great tab!
though I think this pattern sounds just a little better:

Asus2 G
Hello darkness, my old friend,
I've come to talk with you again,
Because a vision softly creeping,
Left it's seeds while I was sleeping,
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
C G Asus2
Within the sound of silence.
+1   March 17 2015, 01:15 am by grinannbearit |
This was really close, but there are a few added chord changes:

Am G
Hello darkness, my old friend,
I've come to talk with you again,
Because a vision softly creeping,
Left its seeds while I was sleeping,
F / C Am
And the vision that was planted in my brain
C Am
Still remains
C G Am
Within the sound of silence.

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

Am G
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
F / C Am
People writing songs that voices never share
C Am
And no one dare
C G Am
Disturb the sou--nd of silence.

Am G
Fools said I, you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows.
Hear my words that I might teach you,
Take my arms that I might reach you.
F / C Am
But my words--- like silent raindrops fell,
C Am
C G Am
And echoed in the wells of silence

Am G
And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon God they made.
And the sign flashed out it's warning,
In the words that it was forming.
And the sign said, the words of the prophets
/ C Am
Are written on the subway walls
C Am
And tenement halls.
C G Am
And whispered in the sounds of silence.

OUTRO: E---0---0----0---0----0---0----
May 6 2015, 06:35 pm by bensonho12 |
the beginning chord shall be Asus2 I think?
And after "that was planted in my brain.." the chord changed back to F and walks back to A minor then back to C...
But generally you can still play the song like that and it will definitely sound nice =]
July 20 2015, 09:48 am by JN1997 |
should be Capo 7 when listening to it but otherwise great job
August 22 2015, 09:56 am by themetalwarrior |
The perfect one. Man, you are awesome. Finally the right chords.
September 18 2015, 11:30 pm by zobarr |
"Still remains" and same parts just continue to play C-chord not Am. Sounds more authentic ))
September 26 2015, 11:37 am by taff.druid |
this is bang on, works with the capo on differing frets too, i did it capo on 4 worked a treat
September 26 2015, 11:38 am by taff.druid |
this is spot on , works with the capo on 4 too
October 10 2015, 05:41 pm by thvdwood |
Still not correct sigh such a famous song ... >>>
"And echoed."

Thanks tho!
February 10 2016, 04:14 pm by franciscarign |
Realms of silence, not wells....
March 19 2016, 08:26 pm by johnosmond |
A lot easier if you put the capo on the 4th fret Bm A G D.
March 30 2016, 02:02 am by Ir0nman1 |
Another good way to play it in the original key is to transpose it to the key of Dm and use capo 1 since the original key is D#m.
April 28 2016, 06:10 pm by ThorChicken |
Amazing how many people don't realize this...
July 3 2016, 12:07 pm by canis.lupus.osl |
But my words like silent raindrops fell,
And echoed
G Am
In the wells of silence

[Verse 5]

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon God they made.
And the sign flashed out it's warning,
In the words that it was forming.
And the sign said, the words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.
G Am
And whisper'd in the sounds of silence
July 5 2016, 03:03 pm by matthewq999 |
You can tune down a half step to E-Flat standard and play with Em shapes if you want to keep in the original key without a capo

Edit: just realized this comment is 10 years old
July 12 2016, 04:13 pm by Jake2525 |
Heard it a thousand times. Love the song but it took on a new meaning for me to sing them in light of where we are a country.
July 24 2016, 04:13 pm by mntngal1 |
I capo this in the first fret and it's perfect for my contralto range. Beautiful!
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