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A Mess Of Blues Chords
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Welcome to A Mess Of Blues chords page you'll find the lyrics to this song, a free pdf chords and lyrics sheet along with tutorial demos and a link to purchase full lessons in .mp4 format.  


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Elvis Presley's recording of "A Mess of Blues" is a classic rock and roll song that was released in 1960. The song was part of his album titled "Elvis Is Back!" which marked his return to the music scene after completing his military service.

"A Mess of Blues" was released as a single in July 1960 and later included in the album. Known for its upbeat tempo and Elvis's energetic performance, the song captures the essence of his early rock and roll style.

The lyrics express the singer's feelings of heartbreak and the challenges of love, set against a lively musical backdrop.

"A Mess of Blues" is celebrated for its catchy melody, Elvis's dynamic vocals, and its contribution to the rock and roll sound of the early 1960s.

A Mess Of Blues Chords Elvis Style

  • Drop D - Yes
  • Capo - 3rd fret
  • Strumming - down strokes and a down up down up in a steady rhythm shuffle
  • Picking - No but a few riffs at the end
  • Chords - A-D-E7

A Mess Of Blues Chords In G

If you need this song in the key of G you'll need a G, C,  D7.


A Mess Of Blues Chords In C (the original key)

If you need this song in the key of C you'll need a C, C7, F and a G. My capoed 3rd fret in A here is the original key as well.

A Mess Of Blues Lyrics

I just got your letter baby
Too bad you can't come home
I swear I'm goin' crazy
Sittin' here all alone
Since you're gone I got a mess of blues

I ain't slept a wink since sunday
I can't eat a thing all day
Every day is just blue monday
Since you've been away
Since you're gone I got a mess of blues

Whoops there goes a teardrop
Rollin' down my face
If you cry when you're in love
Sure ain't no disgrace

I gotta get myself together
Before I lose my mind
I'm gonna catch the next train goin'
And leave my blues behind
Since you're gone I got a mess of blues

Whoops there goes a teardrop
Rollin' down my face
If you cry when you're in love
Sure ain't no disgrace

I gotta get myself together
Before I lose my mind
I'm gonna catch the next train goin'
And leave my blues behind
Since you're gone I got a mess of blues
Since you're gone I got a mess of blues
Since you're gone I got a mess of blues

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A Mess Of Blues Tips

This song has two different rhythm patterns you can use but you don't have to play it with two. The first pattern is your typical down-stroke pattern as you move through the verses. I'm playing this with Drop D tuning but that is always optional. I do that because I get a nice deep bass on the D chord. That also changes the E chord in this one by two frets higher on the top string.

The second pattern I like to play is a steady up and down shuffle in the chorus and you can add in a few bass notes on the chording when you play it this way. So it breaks up the song a bit and then comes back to the first pattern as you exit the chorus.

Depending on what key you start this in but it's typically an A, D and an E7 with capo optional depending on your vocal range

There is no lead work in this song, just straight rhythm but you could insert a typical blues break anywhere in the song as you see fit.


Some Elvis Trivia about A Mess Of Blues

A Mess Of Blues was originally released in 1960 and was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, who were frequent collaborators with Presley.

The track was recorded at RCA Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.

The song features a classic 12-bar blues structure and a driving rhythm, with Presley's characteristic vocal style adding to the overall energy of the performance.

The rrack reached the top 10 in the United States and the UK.

The song also was a bit of a cross over hit reaching #32 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and #2 on the UK Singles Chart.

Elvis often included this song in his live performances.

The number hails from his album Elvis Is Back which also came out in 1960.

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Elvis Presley A Mess Of Blues - 5 Takes With A Mistake

Not bad to nail this song in 5 takes as they did here in the studio. Throughout this session you'll hear Elvis laugh, trip up the words and even get the timing wrong in one of the takes. But the final "master" take surprised me as Elvis made a misteake and they left it in.

Take a listen to the last few lines where Elvis sings "Since you've gone I've got a mess of blues". That line repeats three times. But the first time Elvis sings it he gets the timing slightly off as he sings "since you've gone" ... he drags it out a bit too long and then quickly sings "I've gotta mess of blues". And then the last two lines are like they are in the earlier part of the song. I'm convinced he didn't do that on purpose but they decided to leave it as is.


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