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Jailhouse Rock Chords

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Chords used: E, A, B7


[Verse 1:]
E
The warden threw a party in the county jail,
E
Prison band was there and they began to wail,
E
Band was jumpin' and the joint began to swing,
E
Should've heard thosed knocked out jail birds sing,


[Chorus:]
     A                E
Lets rock, everybody, lets rock,
B7
Everybody in the whole cell block,
E
Was dancing to the jailhouse rock.


[Verse 2:]
E
Spider Murphy played the tenor saxophone, 
E
Little Joe was blowin' on the slide trombone, 
E
The drummer boy from Illinois went crash, boom, bang,
E 
The whole rhythm section was the purple gang,


[Chorus:]
     A                E
Lets rock, everybody, lets rock,
B7
Everybody in the whole cell block,
E
Was dancing to the jailhouse rock.

Verse 3:
E
Number forty-seven said to number three,
E 
You're the cutest jailbird I ever did see,
E
I sure would be delighted with your company,
E
Come on and do the jailhouse rock with me,


[Chorus:]
     A                E
Lets rock, everybody, lets rock,
B7
Everybody in the whole cell block,
E
Was dancing to the jailhouse rock.


[Verse 4:]
E
The sad sack was a sittin on a block of stone,
E
Way over in the corner weepin all alone,
E
The warden said, hey, buddy, don't you be no square,
E
If you can't find a partner use a wooden chair,


[Chorus:]
     A                E
Lets rock, everybody, lets rock,
B7
Everybody in the whole cell block,
E
Was dancing to the jailhouse rock.


[Verse 5:]
E
Shifty Henry said to bugs, for heavens sake, 
E
No ones lookin, now's our chance to make a break,
E
Bugsy turned to shifty and he said, nix nix,
E
I wanna stick around a while and get my kicks,


[Chorus:]
     A                E
Lets rock, everybody, lets rock,
B7
Everybody in the whole cell block,
E
Was dancing to the jailhouse rock.
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Laz1204 wrote on January 28 2014, 03:22 pm, edited at 03:23 pm

This is good. It's sounds really good with capo 2nd I think. :-) Thanks

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MichaelKoebnick wrote on April 25 2015, 07:02 am

I agree! The reason, Laz1204, that I agree with you, is because when playing the guitar, there are only 2 ways that you can play these chords together. One is no capo and the other is a capo on 2

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JN1997 wrote on June 25 2015, 10:21 pm

I love this song, personally I play in in D so I transpose the chords 2 steps down or 1 tone just for when I sing it and it sounds great with the Blues Brother's version

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