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Welcome to my Heartbreak Hotel 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.  

Heartbreak Hotel Chords
Lyrics, Demo, Tutorial


Heartbreak Hotel is one of Elvis Presley's most iconic and influential songs. It was released as a single in 1956 and quickly became a massive hit, solidifying Elvis's status as a rock and roll pioneer. It was later included on his self-titled debut album, "Elvis Presley."

The song was written by Mae Boren Axton, a schoolteacher and songwriter, along with Tommy Durden and Elvis's guitarist, Scotty Moore. The inspiration for the song came from a newspaper article about a man who had committed suicide and left a note that read, "I walk a lonely street."

"Heartbreak Hotel" is often considered a defining moment in the history of rock and roll. It combines elements of blues, country, and gospel, creating a unique sound that was both groundbreaking and commercially successful. Elvis's deep, resonant vocals, combined with the haunting lyrics and a memorable guitar riff, captured the attention of listeners and helped propel the song to the top of the charts.

The song was an instant hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Top 100 chart. It also topped the country and R&B charts, showcasing Elvis's ability to appeal to a wide range of audiences. The song's success marked the beginning of Elvis's extraordinary career and established him as a leading figure in popular music.

"Heartbreak Hotel" remains one of Elvis Presley's most recognizable and beloved songs, continuing to inspire and captivate audiences to this day.

Heartbreak Hotel Chords

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down strokes mainly
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, A, A7

Heartbreak Hotel Lyrics

Well, since my baby left me
Well, I found a new place to dwell
Well, it's down at the end of Lonely Street
At Heartbreak Hotel
Where I'll be, I'll be so lonely, baby
Well, I'm so lonely
I'll be so lonely, I could die

Although it's always crowded
You still can find some room
For broken hearted lovers
To cry there in their gloom
Be so, they'll be so lonely, baby
They get so lonely
They're so lonely, they could die

Now, the bellhop's tears keep flowin'
And the desk clerk's dressed in black
Well, they've been so long on Lonely Street
Well, they'll never, they'll never look back
And they get so, they get so lonely, baby
Well, they are so lonely
They're so lonely, they could die

Well, now, if your baby leaves you
And you got a tale to tell
Well, just take a walk down Lonely Street
To Heartbreak Hotel
Where you will be, you will be lonely, baby
Well, you will be lonely
You'll be so lonely, you could die

Although it's always crowded
But you still can find some room
For broken hearted lovers
To cry there in their gloom
Where they get so, they get so lonely, baby
Well, they're so lonely
They'll be so lonely, they could die

Chords & Lyrics


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Heartbreak Hotel Tips

I choose to play this song with a drop D tuning but that is always optional. Using the lower D gives a deeper bass sound to the song. This also changes the G chord structure to two top strings on the 5th. I'm playing mainly just down-strokes for the rhythm in the typical rock and roll kinda vibe.

There are only three chords here and they are D, G, A but you can throw in an A7 and a D7 as you see fit as you move from the A and D chord positions.

There is a bit of picking and some bass playing in this one but not too difficult except to say it's a quick move to get up the ne

Some Little Known Facts About Heartbreak Hotel

"Heartbreak Hotel" was written by Tommy Durden and Mae Boren Axton. The inspiration for the song came from a newspaper article about a man who had committed suicide and left a note that read, "I walk a lonely street."

Released in 1956, "Heartbreak Hotel" became Elvis's first major hit, quickly climbing to the top of the charts. The song's distinctive sound and Elvis's compelling vocal delivery helped solidify his status as a rock 'n' roll sensation.

The song's arrangement features a unique and haunting combination of elements, including a prominent bass line and echo effects. These sonic choices contributed to the song's atmospheric and evocative quality.

Elvis recorded "Heartbreak Hotel" at RCA's Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee, in January 1956. The session marked a significant departure from his earlier Sun Records recordings and showcased a more polished and mature sound.

Scotty Moore, Elvis's guitarist, played a crucial role in shaping the song's sound. His bluesy guitar solo adds a distinctive texture to the track and became a defining feature of Elvis's early recordings.

Elvis's emotive vocal performance in "Heartbreak Hotel" was a hallmark of his singing style. He effectively conveyed the pain and sorrow inherent in the song's lyrics, connecting with listeners on a deep emotional level.

He performed "Heartbreak Hotel" on his first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on January 28, 1956. This nationally televised performance introduced his electrifying stage presence to a much wider audience.

"Heartbreak Hotel" is often cited as a pivotal moment in the development of rock 'n' roll. Its fusion of rhythm and blues, country, and gospel elements helped shape the genre's evolving sound.

The song's appeal extended beyond the rock 'n' roll audience. It crossed over to the pop charts, reaching a wide range of listeners and propelling Elvis to unprecedented fame.

Covered by many, "Heartbreak Hotel" has been covered by numerous artists from various genres over the years, showcasing its enduring popularity and influence. Artists like Whitney Houston and John Cale have offered their interpretations of the song as has Lynyrd Skynyrd.

In recognition of its historical significance, "Heartbreak Hotel" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1995, solidifying its status as a timeless classic.

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