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Old Shep – Elvis Presley

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Old Shep” is a song recorded by Elvis Presley in 1956. It was written by Red Foley and Arthur Willis, and was originally recorded by Foley in 1935. The song is about a dog named Shep who is the loyal companion of a young boy. The boy grows up and leaves home, but Shep remains faithful and waits for his return. When the boy finally does come home, Shep is old and gray, but he is still overjoyed to see his master.

Presley’s version of “Old Shep” was released as a single in November 1956. It reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the Billboard Country Singles chart. It was also a hit in the United Kingdom, where it reached number eight on the UK Singles Chart.

Presley’s version of “Old Shep” is considered to be one of the definitive recordings of the song. His heartfelt vocals and the song’s emotional lyrics make it a moving and memorable tribute to the special bond between humans and dogs.

The song is also notable for its distinctive guitar solo, played by Scotty Moore. Moore’s solo is considered to be one of the best guitar solos of all time, and it has been praised by critics and musicians alike.

Old Shep” remains a popular song today, and it is often played at funerals and other memorial services. It is a song that resonates with people of all ages, and it is a reminder of the special bond that we share with our pets.

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Here are the lyrics of the song: “Old Shep”


When I was a lad
And old Shep was a pup
Over hills and meadows we’d stray
Just a boy and his dog
We were both full of fun
We grew up together that wayI remember the time at the old swimmin’ hole
When I would have drowned beyond doubt
But old Shep was right there
To the rescue he came
He jumped in and then pulled me outAs the years fast did roll
Old Shep he grew old
His eyes were fast growing dim
And one day the doctor looked at me and said
I can do no more for him JimWith hands that were trembling
I picked up my gun
And aimed it at Shep’s faithful head
I just couldn’t do it
I wanted to run
I wish they would shoot me instead

He came to my side
And looked up at me
And laid his old head on my knee
I had struck the best friend that a man ever had
I cried so I scarcely could see

Old Shep he has gone
Where the good doggies go
And no more with old Shep will I roam
But if dogs have a heaven
There’s one thing I know
Old Shep has a wonderful home

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