Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis

Suggested by Carry Smythe

Genre: Pop
Artist: Elvis
Written by: Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss
Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
Chords: 8
Skill: Fingerpicking
Note: G
Time Signature: 3/4 or 6/8
Count: 123 123 or 123 456 123 456
BPM: 72

This song can help you with your fingerpicking or you can just strum along. Focus on 3/4 or 6/8 but works in 4/4 time too with recordings of all of these.

Jim Carey Songbook


Original song


‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ is a 1961 song recorded by American singer Elvis Presley for the album Blue Hawaii (1961). It was written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, and George David Weiss and published by Gladys Music, Inc. The melody is based on ‘Plaisir d’amour’, a popular French love song composed in 1784 by Jean-Paul-Égide Martini. The song was initially written for a woman as ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love with Him’, which explains the first and third line ending on ‘in’ and ‘sin’ rather than words rhyming with ‘you’. ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ was featured in Presley’s 1961 film Blue Hawaii. During the following four decades, it has been recorded by numerous other artists, including Bob Dylan on his 1973 album Dylan, Twenty One Pilots and UB40 in 1993.