Blue Suede Shoes chords



You can learn how to play Blue Suede Shoes by Elvis Presley!

Released in January 1956 by Carl Perkins, Blue Suede Shoes did well in the charts with two weeks at #2.

Elvis Presley is said to have initially been hesitant to record the song as he knew Carl and Sam Phillips of Sun Records well and didn’t want to interfere with his release.

Nevertheless, in September 1956, Elvis’s version was released, with the B-side Tutti Frutti. At this point, Elvis had moved from Sun Records to RCA, for better distribution and radio station connections.

He made this move with several #1 singles in the bag already in Heartbreak Hotel, Don’t Be Cruel, and Hound Dog but he hadn’t released an album or made any movies yet.

Blue Suede Shoes came to open up his debut album, entitled Elvis Presley. The rest is, as they say, rock n roll history, The King was born.


Blue Suede Shoes chords and lyrics


| N.C (E G) | A5 N.C (E G) | A5 N.C  | N.C |
Well, it’s a one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready now go, cat, go.
| D | D | A | A |
But don’t you step on my blue suede shoes.
| E7 | E7 | A | A (E G) |
Well, you can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.

| A5 N.C (E G) | A5 N.C (E G) | A5 N.C (E G) | A5 N.C (E G) |
Well, you can knock me down, step in my face, slander my name all over the place.
| A5 N.C (E G) | A5 N.C (E G) | A5 N.C | N.C |
We’ll do anything that you wanna do, but uh-uh Honey, lay off of them shoes.
| D | D | A | A |
And don’t you step on my blue suede shoes.
| E7 | E7 | A | A |
Well, you can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes. Let’s go cats!

| A | A | A | A |
Oh, walk the dogs.
| D | D | A | A |
| E7 | E7 | A | A (E G) |

| A5 N.C (E G) | A5 N.C (E G) | A5 N.C (E G) | A5 N.C (E G) |
Well, you can burn my house, steal my car. Drink my liquor from an old fruit jar.
| A5 N.C (E G) | A5 N.C (E G) | A5 N.C | N.C |
We’ll do anything that you wanna do, but uh-uh Honey, lay off of my shoes.
| D | D | A | A |
And don’t you step on my blue suede shoes.
| E7 | E7 | A | A |
Well, you can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes. Rock it! 

| A | A | A | A |
Yeah.
| D | D | A | A |
| E7 | E7 | A | A (E G) |

| A5 N.C (E G) | A5 N.C (E G) | A5 N.C  | N.C |
Well, it’s a one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready now go, go, go.
| D | D | A | A |
But don’t you step on my blue suede shoes.
| E7 | E7 | A | A |
Well, you can do anything but lay-ay off of my blue suede shoes.

| A | A | A | A |
Well, it’s blue, blue, blue suede shoes. Blue, blue, blue suede shoes, yeah.
| D | D | A | A |
Blue, blue, blue suede shoes, baby. Blue, blue, blue suede shoes.
| E7 | E7 | A | A |
Well, you do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.


Blue Suede Shoes chord progression

In a standard 12-bar blues with stops, we play Blue Suede Shoes chords in the key of A.

The build-up bass line to the A chord is E – G. This is the 5th and b7th, indicating that A is dom7, but the stop is just an A5.

As classic rock n roll chords, with a sprinkle of country, you could extend the A and D chords to 6’s as well. Especially if you play chord licks.

The V chord (E) should most definitely be a dom7.


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