Annie Barrett
September 11, 2011 AT 06:05 PM EDT

And you couldn’t hear a thing around him: American folk hero Paul Simon sang a deeply moving rendition of “The Sound of Silence” at this morning’s 9/11 memorial in Manhattan. He slowed it down right at the beginning and spoke the first few lines as if he were telling everyone a story. It struck the perfect note.

Watch it here:

Simon, if you recall, was the first musical guest after Sept. 11, 2001 and memorably performed “The Boxer” in front of NYC emergency workers.

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