Can’t Help Falling In Love chords by Elvis Presley


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Can’t Help Falling In Love | Chords + Lyrics (capo 2)


Intro

| 6/8 C | G | C | C |

Verse 1

| C | Em | Am | Am/G |
Wise men say,
| F | C/E | G/D | G |
only fools rush in.
| F | G7 | Am | F Dm/E |
But I can’t help,
| C/G | G | C | C |
falling in love with you.

Verse 2

| C | Em | Am | Am Am/G |
Shall I stay,
| F | C/E | G/D | G |
would it be a sin?
| F | G7 | Am | F Dm/E |
If I can’t help,
| C/G | G | C | C |
falling in love with you?

Chorus 1

| Em | B7 | Em | B7 |
Like a river flows, surely to the sea.
| Em | B7 | Em | A7 | Dm | G7 |
Darling, so it goes. Some things are meant to be.

Verse 3

| C | Em | Am | Am Am/G |
Take my hand,
| F | C/E | G/D | G |
take my whole life, too.
| F | G7 | Am | F Dm/E |
For I can’t help,
| C/G | G | C | C |
falling in love with you.

Chorus 2

| Em | B7 | Em | B7 |
Like a river flows, surely to the sea.
| Em | B7 | Em | A7 | Dm | G7 |
Darling, so it goes. Some things are meant to be.

Verse 4

| C | Em | Am | Am Am/G |
Take my hand,
| F | C/E | G/D | G |
take my whole life, too.
| F | G7 | Am | F Dm/E |
For I can’t help,
| C/G | G | C | C |
falling in love with you.
| F | G7 | Am | F Dm/E |
For I can’t help,
| C/G | G | C |
falling in love with you.



Can’t Help Falling In Love Chords: Learn the progressions


Can't Help Falling In Love Analysis + TAB

Originally played on the piano, Can’t Help Falling In Love‘s chords do require some adjustment in order to work on the guitar.

I very much enjoyed the challenge of transcribing and adjusting it, let me walk you through the main concept.

First, we need to put a capo on fret 2 and think as if in the key of C. Secondly, some of the movements in the verse need to be moved down an octave in order to flow better.

The verse chords first move from I – III, then up a 4th to chord VI, like this:

| C (VI) | Em (III) | Am (VI) | Am/G (VI/b7) |

That Am/G at the end starts a descending movement down to IV, but instead of III – II, we use the bass notes of the 3rd and 5th from chords I and V, like this:

| F (IV) | C/E (I/3) | G/D (V/5) | G (V) |

The second half of the verse starts on chord IV and then ascends to V – VI before we in the last bar get IV, and finally an unusual chord in Dm/E. That’s chord II with its 9th in the bass, like this:

| F (IV) | G7 (V) | Am (VI) | F (IV) Dm/E (II/9) |

The final line is the simplest, it’s just chords I and V, like this:

| C/G (I/5) | G (V) | C (I) | C |

Can’t Help Falling In Love’s chorus chords kind of feel like a bridge. There’s also a modal interchange/key change here. We need to think as if in the key of Em, these are the chords:

||: Em (VI) | B7 (IIIx) :|| x3

Next up, we have what feels like two II – V movements, the first in the key of D (Em – A7), the second in the key of C (Dm – G7), like this:

| Em (VI or II) | A7 (IIx or V) | (key of Em or D)
| Dm (II) | G7 (V) | (key of C)

Overall, we’ve gone from verse (key of C) to chorus (key of Em), end of chorus (key of D), and the last two bars (key of C).

As great as the chords for Cant Help Falling In Love are, what excites me the most is how by playing the piano part on the guitar, we use an unfamiliar pattern, check out the intro in TAB and you’ll see what I mean.

Can't Help Falling In Love chords and TAB, intro.

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Can’t Help Falling In Love is Elvis’s most popular song!

Looking at Spotify’s numbers, Can’t Help Falling In Love is Elvis‘s most popular tune.

This is slightly strange as it’s only #8 on his top 50 biggest-selling hits list.

Perhaps it’s down to that it was released as a double A-side with Rock A Hula Baby, which I guess you have never heard of before, or maybe I should just speak for myself!

Anyway, this is one of Elvis’s most iconic songs, often finishing his concerts.

There are also many, many cover versions to discover, my favourite is a live version by Jacob Collier, check it out in the playlist above.



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