In The Ghetto chords by Elvis Presley


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In The Ghetto | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: Bb Bbsus4 | Bb Bbsus4 Bb :||

Verse 1

| Bb Bbsus4 | Bb Bbsus4 Bb |
As the snow flies.
| Dm7 | Eb F |
On a cold and gray Chicago mornin’ a poor little baby child is born.
| Bb Bbsus4 | Bb Bbsus4 Bb |
In the ghetto.

Verse 2

| Bb Bbsus4 | Bb Bbsus4 Bb |
And his mama cries.
| Dm7 | Eb F |
‘Cause if there’s one thing that she don’t need it’s another little hungry mouth to feed.
| Bb Bbsus4 | Bb Bbsus4 Bb |
In the ghetto.

Bridge 1

| F | Eb Bb |
People, don’t you understand, the child needs a helping hand.
| Eb F | Bb |
Or he’ll grow to be an angry young man someday.
| F | Eb Bb |
Take a look at you and me, are we too blind to see?
| Eb Dm7 | Cm7 F7 | 2/4 F7 | 4/4
Do we simply turn our heads and look the other way?

Verse 3

| Bb Bbsus4 | Bb Bbsus4 Bb |
Well, the world turns.
| Dm7 | Eb F |
And a hungry little boy with a runny nose plays in the street as the cold wind blows.
| Bb Bbsus4 | Bb Bbsus4 Bb |
In the ghetto (in the ghetto).

Verse 4

| Bb Bbsus4 | Bb Bbsus4 Bb |
And his hunger burns.
| Dm7 | Eb F |
So he starts to roam the streets at night and he learns how to steal and he learns how to fight.
| Bb Bbsus4 | Bb Bbsus4 Bb |
In the ghetto (in the ghetto).

Bridge 2

| F | Eb Bb |
Then one night in desperation, the young man breaks away.
| Eb Dm7 | Cm7 F7 |
He buys a gun, steals a car, tries to run, but he don’t get far.

Verse 5

| Bb Bbsus4 | Bb Bbsus4 Bb |
And his mama cries.
| Dm7 | Eb F |
As a crowd gathers ’round an angry young man, face down on the street with a gun in his hand.
| Bb Bbsus4 | Bb Bbsus4 Bb |
In the ghetto (in the ghetto).

Verse 6

| Bb Bbsus4 | Bb Bbsus4 Bb |
And as her young man dies.
| Dm7 | Eb F | 2/4 F |
On a cold and gray Chicago mornin’, another little baby child is born.
| Bb Bbsus4 | Bb Bbsus4 Bb |
In the ghetto (in the ghetto).

Outro

||: Bb Bbsus4 | Bb Bbsus4 Bb :||
And his mama cries (in the ghetto).
(In the ghetto) (Ah).


In The Ghetto chords and progressions (lesson preview)

In The Ghetto Analysis + TAB

In The Ghetto‘s chords are diatonic from the key of Bb.

The main riff is adding and taking away a sus4 extension to the I chord. Following this, the verse ascends using III – IV – V, like this:

| Bb Bbsus4 | Bb Bbsus4 Bb | Dm7 | Eb F |

The other section, which I’ve called a bridge, goes V – IV – I, then IV – V – I, repeats the first movements then descends IV – III – II – V, like this:

| F | Eb Bb | Eb F | Bb |
| F | Eb Bb | Eb Dm7 | Cm7 F7 |

When the bridge comes back, it’s much shorter, leaving the first line out, like this:

| F | Eb Bb | Eb Dm7 | Cm7 F7 |

Exactly how to play all this is best described using TAB, which you get as a member, as well as a full chord analysis.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): In The Ghetto, guitar lesson with TAB.

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In The Ghetto was a big part of Elvis’s comeback!

In The Ghetto is a single by Elvis Presley from 1969, representing his comeback.

It was an instant huge success reaching the top 5 in the charts worldwide, selling a million copies in the U.S. alone.

Previously to the album (From Elvis in Memphis, 1969), he released a Gospel album in 1967 but that had been recorded many years before. There was also a live album in 1968 where he sang old hits.

Disregarding these two releases, Elvis was all about making movies that came with soundtrack albums, something his manager had decided was the best way forward for him.

On the comeback album, In The Ghetto was the only hit, it was the last tune on the B-side.


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