Hound Dog chords by Elvis Presley


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Hound Dog | Chords + Lyrics


Verse 1

| N.C | C7 | C7 | C7 | C7 |
You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog, cryin’ all the time.
| F | F7 F | C7 | C7 |
You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog, cryin’ all the time.
| G (G7) | F (F7) | N.C | N.C |
Well, you ain’t never caught a rabbit and you ain’t no friend of mine.

Verse 2

| C7 | C7 | C7 | C7 |
Well, they said you was high-classed. Well, that was just a lie.
| F | F F7 | C7 | C7 |
Yeah, they said you was high-classed. Well, that was just a lie.
| G (G7) | F (F7) | N.C | N.C |
Yeah, you ain’t never caught a rabbit and you ain’t no friend of mine.

Verse 3

| C7 | C7 | C7 | C7 |
You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog, cryin’ all the time.
| F | F7 F | C7 | C7 |
You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog, cryin’ all the time.
| G (G7) | F (F7) | N.C | N.C |
Well, you ain’t never caught a rabbit and you ain’t no friend of mine.

Solo 1

| C7 | C7 | C7 | C7 |
| F (F7) | F (F7) | C7 | C7 |
| G (G7) | F (F7) | C7 | C7 |

Verse 4

| C7 | C7 | C7 | C7 |
Well, they said you was high-classed. Well, that was just a lie.
| F | F7 F | C7 | C7 |
Yeah, they said you was high-classed. Well, that was just a lie.
| G (G7) | F (F7) | N.C | N.C |
Well, you ain’t never caught a rabbit and you ain’t no friend of mine.

Solo 2

| C7 | C7 | C7 | C7 |
| F (F7) | F (F7) | C7 | C7 |
| G (G7) | F (F7) | C7 | C7 |

Verse 5

| C7 | C7 | C7 | C7 |
Well, they said you was high-classed. Well, that was just a lie.
| F | F7 F | C7 | C7 |
Yeah, they said you was high-classed. Well, that was just a lie.
| G (G7) | F (F7) | N.C | N.C |
Well, you ain’t never caught a rabbit and you ain’t no friend of mine.

Verse 6

| C7 | C7 | C7 | C7 |
You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog, cryin’ all the time.
| F | F7 F | C7 | C7 |
You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog, cryin’ all the time.
| G (G7) N.C | N.C | N.C | Db6/9 C6/9 |
Well, you ain’t never caught a rabbit and you ain’t no friend of mine.



Hound Dog Chords: Learn the progressions!


Hound Dog Analysis + TAB

What exact chords Elvis himself plays on the acoustic is not that interesting or important, it’s what his side man, Scotty Moore, does that we all want to find out more about.

Or perhaps even more importantly, what can you do if called upon to play Hound Dog in a live band, as the only guitarist?

As a member, I’ll give you the essential bits (using TAB of course) so you can play this Elvis classic in a band.

We start with what Scotty did note for note, then modify it as what he played worked because his guitar doesn’t have much low end and there’s double bass.

If you play this with an electric bass player and a fuller guitar sound, things will get too muddy so after looking at Scotty’s part – we modify it!

Once you got the TAB down and decided how much of Scotty’s original part and my modified ideas you want to use, you could just read the chords as a reminder, like this:

||: C7 | C7 | C7 | C7 |
| F | F7 F | C7 | C7 |
| G (G7) | F (F7) | N.C | N.C :||

The solo chords are the same, just playing a C7 in the last two bars rather than stopping. Speaking of the solo, you get TAB for this too, and could use those ideas for another hundred songs in this style!

Here’s a link to the full lesson (members only): Hound Dog – Guitar lesson with TAB.

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.

Hound Dog was one of many covers Elvis sang!

A classic among early Rock N’ Roll tunes, Elvis’s Hound Dog shook the world and got all the girls screaming.

It wasn’t actually his own composition, or a tune written for him as he would experience later in his career. Hound Dog was a Big Mama Thornton cover, but Elvis certainly made it his own.

The writers, Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, initially didn’t like Elvis’s version. Apparently, it sounded too white, but claimed that 7-8 million sales later, it started to sound better to them!

Lieber and Stoller would later go on to write Jailhouse Rock, Love Me, Loving You, Don’t, and King Creole for Elvis.



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