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Jailhouse Rock Chords

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JAILHOUSE ROCK          ELVIS PRESLEY


[Verse]

Eb  E                                       Eb  E
The warden threw a party in the county jail
Eb  E                                       Eb  E
prison band was there and they began to wail
Eb  E                                       Eb  E
band was jumpin' and the joint began to swing
Eb  E                                       Eb  E
should've heard thosed kocked out jail birds sing


[Chorus]

     A7
Lets Rock !
     E
Lets Rock !
     B7                     A7
Everybody in the whole cell block
      E              A7         E
Was a-dancin' to the Jail-house Rock!


[Verse]

Eb  E                                       Eb  E
Spider Murphy played the tenor saxophone
Eb  E                                       Eb  E
Little Joe was blowin' on the slide trombone
Eb  E                                       Eb  E
The drummer boy for Illinois went crash, boom, bang !
Eb  E                                       Eb  E
The whole rhythm section was the purple gang


[Chorus]

     A7
Lets Rock !
     E
Lets Rock !
     B7                     A7
Everybody in the whole cell block
      E              A7         E
Was a-dancin' to the Jail-house Rock!


[Verse]

Eb  E                                       Eb  E
Number forty seven said to Number Three:
Eb  E                                       Eb  E
You're the cutest jailbird I ever did see.
Eb  E                                       Eb  E
I sure would be delighted with your company
Eb  E                                       Eb  E
Come on and do the jailhouse rock with me.


[Chorus]

     A7
Lets Rock !
     E
Lets Rock !
     B7                     A7
Everybody in the whole cell block
      E              A7         E
Was a-dancin' to the Jail-house Rock!


[Verse]

Eb  E                                       Eb  E
The sad sack was a-sittin' on a block of stone
Eb  E                                       Eb  E
Way over in the corner weeping all alone
Eb  E                                       Eb  E
The warden said: " Hey, buddy, don't you be no square.
Eb  E                                       Eb  E
If you can't find a partner use a wooden chair !"


[Chorus]

     A7
Lets Rock !
     E
Lets Rock !
     B7                     A7
Everybody in the whole cell block
      E              A7         E
Was a-dancin' to the Jail-house Rock!


[Verse]

Eb  E                                       Eb  E
Shifty Henry said to Bugs: "For Heaven's sakes,
Eb  E                                       Eb  E
No one's lookin'; now's our chance to make a break
Eb  E                                       Eb  E
Bugsy turned to Shifty and he said " Nix, nix;
Eb  E                                       Eb  E
I wanna stick around a while and get my kicks.


[Chorus]

     A7
Lets Rock !
     E
Lets Rock !
     B7                     A7
Everybody in the whole cell block
      E              A7         E
Was a-dancin' to the Jail-house Rock!
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JimiHendrixRoxx 10 Jul 14, 2010 12:50 AM

the chords i use are
C#: x46664
D: x57775
G7: 353455
A7: 575655

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Kraziekhat 59,734 Jun 14, 2012 04:32 AM

Original chords: INTRO: D(slide)Eb

Eb G# A# ...thanks for posting. KK.

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Fezzick 68 Sep 27, 2012 12:33 PM

I second the 2nd poster regarding the correct chords.

Simply side the entire thing down a 1/2 step...(tuning down a 1/2 step would be useful if you don't have the hand strength to hit the more difficult power chords of Eb/G#/A#).

And for added difficulty + accuracy if playing solo/acoustic -> use your pinky to hit those bass notes.

(showing only the lowest 3 strings in correct tuning):

G# Eb A#
D -------------8--8---8-(10)----------------
A -6--6--6-(8)-6-(10)-6--6---8--8---8-(10)--
E -4-(8)-4--4----------------6-(10)-6--6----

- Slide this entire thing down to the nut if you've tuned the guitar down a 1/2 step or are playing it transposed up to the original posters chord prog.
Thanks for posting (with lyrics)!

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