Hound Dog Guitar Chord Chart
by Elvis Presley

Hound Dog by Elvis Presley uses a 12-Bar blues pattern but isn't played swung like a blues snog would be. It also doesn't use 7 chords like most blues songs. That means this song has a 12-Bar pattern that repeats throughout the song:

C C C C F F C C G F C C 

That's a total of 12 measures of music the repeats over and over and over and over again. You will see this pattern in the Hound Dog guitar chord chart below. You can also reference the short "Simple Song" video that goes over the basic structure of the song.

 
 

Strum:
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   or   1 + 2 + 3 + 4+
D   D   D   D             D D U    U DU

Hound Dog Guitar Chord Chart
by Elvis Presley

VERSE 1:
                                    C (4 times)
You ain't nothin' but a hound dog Cryin' all the time
                                    F (2 times)
You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
                     C (2 times)
Cryin' all the time
                        G
Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
               F                        C        C (strum and hold)
And you ain't no friend of mine


VERSE 2:
                                     C
(4 times)
Well they said you was high-classed Well, that was just a lie
                                      F (2 times)
Yeah they said you was high-classed
                                C (2 times)
Well, that was just a lie
                         G
Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
               F                      C        C (strum and hold)
And you ain't no friend of mine


VERSE 1:
                                    C (4 times)
You ain't nothin' but a hound dog Cryin' all the time
                                    F (2 times)
You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
                     C (2 times)
Cryin' all the time
                        G
Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
               F                        C        C (strum and hold)
And you ain't no friend of mine


INSTRUMENTAL:

C C C C
F F C C
G F C C

VERSE 2:
                                     C
(4 times)
Well they said you was high-classed Well, that was just a lie
                                      F (2 times)
Yeah they said you was high-classed
                                C (2 times)
Well, that was just a lie
                         G
Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
               F                      C        C (strum and hold)
And you ain't no friend of mine


INSTRUMENTAL:

C C C C
F F C C
G F C C


VERSE 2:
                                     C
(4 times)
Well they said you was high-classed Well, that was just a lie
                                      F (2 times)
Yeah they said you was high-classed
                                C (2 times)
Well, that was just a lie
                         G
Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
               F                      C        C (strum and hold)
And you ain't no friend of mine

This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.

← Return To ALL Guitar Chord Charts From Hound Dog Chord Chart