HELLO DARKNESS MY OLD FRIEND – Piano Tutorial

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Learn The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel on piano with this tutorial! Please enjoy!

Arranged by Andrew Wrangell
Edited by Samuel Dickenson

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The Sound of Silence is a song by Simon & Garfunkel, featuring acoustic guitar and overdubbed vocals. It is a folksy and whimsical sad song that contains moments of optimism. Since its release it has become the subject of a meme based on the lyric “Hello darkness my old friend” which is often accompanied with various pictures of sad people or an unfortunate subject who has just experienced misfortune.

The Sound of Silence works very well on piano and this intermediate level arrangement is very satisfying to perform. We’re sure you’ll love it, so check out the sheet music!

Lyrics:
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
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

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
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

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

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
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its 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
And whispered in the sounds of silence

Songwriters: Paul Simon
The Sound of Silence lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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