Love Me Tender chords by Elvis Presley


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Love Me Tender | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| D D/A |

Verse 1

| D D/A | E7 E7/B | A7 | D D/A |
Love me tender, love me sweet, never let me go.
| D D/A | E7 E7/B | A7 A7/B | D D/A |
You have made my life complete and I love you so

Bridge 1

| D F#7/C# | Bm D7/A | G Gm6 | D D/A |
Love me tender, love me true, all my dreams fulfilled.
| D B7 | E7 E7/B | A7 A7/B | D D/A |
For my darling I love you and I always will.

Verse 2

| D D/A | E7 E7/B | A7 | D D/A |
Love me tender, love me long, take me to your heart.
| D D/A | E7 E7/B | A7 A7/B | D D/A |
For it’s there that I belong and we’ll never part.

Bridge 2

| D F#7/C# | Bm D7/A | G Gm6 | D D/A |
Love me tender, love me true, all my dreams fulfilled
| D B7 | E7 E7/B | A7 A7/B | D D/A |
For my darling I love you, and I always will

Verse 3

| D D/A | E7 E7/B | A7 | D D/A |
Love me tender, love me dear, tell me you are mine.
| D D/A | E7 E7/B | A7 A7/B | D D/A |
I’ll be yours through all the years, ’til the end of time.

Bridge 3

| D F#7/C# | Bm D7/A | G Gm6 | D D/A |
Love me tender, love me true, all my dreams fulfilled.
| D B7 | E7 E7/B | A7 | D | D/A |
For my darling I love you, and I always will.



Love Me Tender Chords: Learn the progressions


Love Me Tender guitar lesson + TAB

The chords for Love Me Tender are so great, they don’t even need rhythm.

In the key of D, we get mainly open-position chords strummed in a way reminiscent of a beginner.

The verse chords make use of an alternating bass, like this:

| D (I) D/A | E7 (IIx) E7/B | A7 (V) | D D/A |
| D D/A | E7 E7/B | A7 A7/B | D D/A |

That E chord is a variation, moving outside the key, using Roman Numerals D is I, E is IIx, and A is V.

The bridge chords are more sophisticated, check out the IVm!

| D (I) F#7/C# (IIIx/5) | Bm (VI) D7/A (I7/5) | G (IV) Gm6 (IVm) | D (I) D/A |
| D (I) B7 (VIx) | E7 (IIx) E7/B | A7 (V) A7/B | D (I) D/A |

The chords may be easy to play but you do need TAB to make it sound like Elvis did it, members get this, this is a preview, the first line of the arrangement.

Love Me Tender chords and TAB, first line.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson: Love Me Tender – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



Love Me Tender – A cover that was covered!

Love Me Tender by Elvis is an adaptation of an old tune from 1861 called Aura Lea.

The lyrics are credited to Vera Matson but Elvis did tweak it for both the single and then the subsequent movie it was written for.

As a #1 single in 1956, Love Me Tender sold 3 million copies in the U.S. alone.

Post Elvis’s release, many famous singers have covered Love Me Tender, including Johnny Cash, Nat King Cole, Albert King, B.B. King, Cliff Richard, Julie Andrews, Barry Manilow, Norah Jones, James Brown, Frank Sinatra, Jim Morrison, and Barbara Streisand.

This makes Love Me Tender a cover that was well covered. Will you play it like Elvis, or make it your own?



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Intermediate Acoustic

There are many more Intermediate Acoustic Songs with chords similar to Love Me Tender.

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 Love Me Tender's chords, try these five tunes from the songbook.


Elvis Presley tunes

Elvis performed Love Me Tender.

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 on Spotify.


Ballads & First Dances

When you can play Love Me Tender, there are many more Ballads to discover.

The perfect first dance or an emotional piece for your next audition, this collection of Ballads & First Dances is great for working on your expression.

Learn tunes from Burt Bacharach, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Eva Cassidy, Ben Harper, Etta James, Chet Baker, Elvis, Norah Jones, and many more.


About me | Dan Lundholm

Dan Lundholm wrote this guitar lesson on Love Me Tender's chords.

This was a guitar lesson about Love Me Tender chords, by Dan Lundholm. Discover more about him and learn guitar with Spytunes.

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