Are You Lonesome Tonight chords and lyrics

by Elvis Presley

  • Are You Lonesome Tonight is a traditional pop song written by vaudevillians, Roy Turk and Lou Handman in 1926. Elvis Presley recorded and released a version in 1960.
  • Music: C Major in 3/4 time at ~76 bpm.
  • Chords: C, Cmaj7, D7, Dm, Em7, F, G7, Am, A7
  • Spoken Verse: The second verse is spoken. Simply play the chords from the first verse over the second verse. If you listen to the video, the humming in the background keeps you in sync with the chords.

Are You Lonesome Tonight by Elvis Presley

    Timing:  1 & 2 &  3  &
Intro: 3/4 ||  -  /C /D /E |  D7  |  G7  |  C  |  G7  ||  
             C           Cmaj7           Am 
1. Are you lone-some ton-ight?__ Do you miss me to-night?
            C         A7         Dm 
   Are you sor-ry we drif-ted a-part? 
   Does your mem-o-ry stray___ To a bright-er sum-mer day
   When I kissed you and called you sweet-heart? 

            C7                             F
** Do the chairs in your par-lour___ Seem emp-ty and bare?
           D7                           G7 
   Do you gaze at your door-step___ And pic-ture me there? 
             C                Em7               D7 
** Is your heart fil-led with pain?___ Shall I come back a-gain?
           G7                           C    |  G7  |
   Tell me dear, are you lone-some to-night?  

   You know someone said that the world's a stage
   And each must play a part.
   Fate had me playing in love you as my sweet heart.
   Act one was when we met, I loved you at first glance
   You read your line so cleverly and never missed a cue
   Then came act two, you seemed to change and you acted strange
   And why I'll never know.

   Honey, you lied when you said you loved me
   And I had no cause to doubt you.
   But I'd rather go on hearing your lies
   Than go on living without you.

   Now the stage is bare and I'm standing there
   With emptiness all around
   And if you won't come back to me
   Then make them bring the curtain down.

             C                Em7               D7 
** Is your heart fil-led with pain?___ Shall I come back a-gain?
           G7                           C    
   Tell me dear, are you lone-some to-night?  

🗝️ C Major

Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
White Numbered Circles: Optional Notes
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note

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