In The Ghetto chords by Elvis Presley

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In The Ghetto | Chords + Lyrics


||: 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).


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

In The Ghetto Chords: Learn the progressions

In The Ghetto Guitar Lesson + TAB

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

The main riff is adding and taking away a sus4 extension twice to the I chord in the first bar. In the second bar, it only does it once.

To avoid writing all those chords, I’ve notated it like this above with lyrics:

| Bb (Bbsus4) | Bb Bbsus4 Bb |

Having the sus4 in brackets means, add and then take away, add again. It’s as if no matter how hard you try, it is confusing and really, you just need TAB, so here it is!

In The Ghetto chord and TAB, main riff.

Following this, the verse ascends using III – IV – V, like this:

| Bb (I) (Bbsus4) | Bb Bbsus4 Bb | Dm7 (III) | Eb (IV) F (V) |

Members get TAB for how this could be played on one guitar as on the original recording, it’s pretty much only that main riff where we hear a guitar.

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

||: F (V) | Eb (IV) Bb (I) :|| x3 Eb F | Bb |
| Eb (IV) Dm7 (III) | Cm7 (II) F7 (V) |

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

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

Members get TAB for all sections, here’s a link to the complete lesson: In The Ghetto – Guitar Lesson with TAB.

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.

In The Ghetto Chords | Related Pages

Intermediate Acoustic

There are many more Intermediate Acoustic Songs with chords similar to In The Ghetto.

Most intermediate acoustic tunes can’t be played using just basic open-position chords. We have to move up the fretboard and play CAGED barre chords as well.

We incorporate bass lines, add licks, extend chords, and play vocal melodies. Most importantly, we’ll invent second guitar parts and play these songs together.

Five similar tunes with chords and lyrics

When you can play In The Ghetto's chords, try these five tunes from the songbook.

Elvis Presley tunes

Elvis Presley performed In The Ghetto.

Elvis Presley didn’t just change music by popularising Rock n’ Roll and becoming the world’s first superstar, he changed the world.

Hits include Jailhouse Rock, Heartbreak Hotel, Don’t Be Cruel, Blue Suede Shoes, In The Ghetto, Suspicious Minds, and (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear.

Elvis Presley on the web

Listen to Elvis Presley on Spotify.

Pop & Rock

When you can play In The Ghetto, check out these Pop & Rock tunes as well.

Whenever a tune doesn’t fit into a specific genre, it tends to end up here, in the Pop & Rock section.

Learn tunes from Tom Petty, Eagles, Toto, Oasis, Elvis, Clapton, John Mayer, Kings Of Leon, R.E.M., Radiohead, Bruno Mars, and more.

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