Suspicious Minds chords by Elvis Presley


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Suspicious Minds | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| G C/G | G C/G |

Verse 1

| G (C/G) | G (C/G) | C (F/C) | C (F/C) |
We’re caught in a trap, I can’t walk out.
| D (D6) | C (C6) | G (C/G) | G (C/G) |
Because I love you too much, baby.
| G (C/G) | G (C/G) | C (F/C) | C (F/C) |
Why can’t you see, what you’re doing to me.
| D (D6) | C (C6) | D C | Bm D7 |
When you don’t believe a word I say?

Chorus 1

| C | G | Bm | C D |
We can’t go on together with suspicious minds (with suspicious minds).
| Em | Bm | C | D |
And we can’t build our dreams, on suspicious minds.

Verse 2

| G (C/G) | G (C/G) | C (F/C) | C (F/C) |
So if an old friend I know, stops by to say hello.
| D (D6) | C (C6) | G (C/G) | G (C/G) |
Would I still see suspicion in your eyes?
| G (C/G) | G (C/G) | C (F/C) | C (F/C) |
Here we go again, asking where I’ve been.
| D (D6) | C (C6) | D C | Bm D7 |
You can’t see the tears are real I’m crying (yes I’m crying).

Chorus 2

| C | G | Bm | C D |
We can’t go on together, with suspicious minds (with suspicious minds).
| Em | Bm | C | B7 |
And we can’t build our dreams on suspicious minds.

Middle 8 (6/8 half time)

| 6/8 Em | Bm | C | D |
Oh, let our love survive, I’ll dry the tears from your eyes.
| Em | Bm | C | D | G |
Let’s don’t let a good thing die, when honey, you know I’ve never lied to you.
| C | G | 4/4 D7 |
Mmm, yeah, yeah.

Verse 3

| G (C/G) | G (C/G) | C (F/C) | C (F/C) |
We’re caught in a trap, I can’t walk out.
| D (D6) | C (C6) | G (C/G) | G (C/G) |
Because I love you too much, baby
| G (C/G) | G (C/G) | C (F/C) | C (F/C) |
Why can’t you see, what you’re doing to me.
| D (D6) | C (C6) | G (C/G) | G (C/G) |
When you don’t believe a word I say? Well, don’t you know I’m.

Outro

||: G (C/G) | G (C/G) | C (F/C) | C (F/C) |
||: Caught in a trap. I can’t walk out.
| D (D6) | C (C6) | G (C/G) | G (C/G) :||
Because I love you too much, baby. Well don’t you know I’m :||


Suspicious Minds chords and progressions (lesson preview)

Suspicious Minds Analysis + TAB

Based around a guitar riff, Suspicious Minds‘ chords are more complex than you may first suspect.

The verse moves somewhat like an 8-bar blues: I – IV – V – IV – I. Although the chords are varied by “mixing with its IV chord” or a 6 extension, like this:

| G (C/G) | G (C/G) | C (F/C) | C (F/C) |
| D (D6) | C (C6) | G (C/G) | G (C/G) |

The chorus uses just “normal chords” which feels like a release as they move IV – I – III – IV – V, then VI – III – IV – V, like this:

| C | G | Bm | C D |
| Em | Bm | C | D |

Just seeing the chords like this won’t tell you enough about how to play Suspicious Minds like on the original recording, to achieve this, you need TAB.

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Suspicious Minds was written by one of Elvis’s best writers!

Elvis‘s Suspicious Minds was written by Mark James, who also wrote Hooked On A Feeling and Always On My Mind.

Mark released it himself in 1968 but when that didn’t work, he gave it to Elvis who had worldwide chart success the following year, selling over 2 million copies in the process.

Other Elvis tunes Mark wrote include It’s Only Love, Moody Blue, and Raised on Rock.

BMI announced in 2000 that James was one of the top songwriters of the century, also referencing Paul McCartney, Elton John, and Holland-Dozier-Holland.


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