Elvis Presley - Old Shep Lyrics

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 way

I 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 out

As 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 Jim

With 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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  1. Morph 1981

    The King. What a voice.

  2. Magui

    Também tive que sacrificar Brisa, com 19 anos no meu colo. Saudades Brisa!😰

  3. Largo

    I didn't hear this in the UK until 1960. It was on an EP record.

  4. Brett Davies

    Rip rio. X

  5. MrsSriggins83

    Omg. I looked this up because I had read that Elvis sang this at school once. Ugh...now I wanna cry. I've got a 16 year old lab...😍😍😍

  6. maryports one and only

    Play old shep

  7. Sarah Steventon

    Who else is here because of Del Boy 💙💙💙

  8. Jonathon Jennings

    Mom sang this at my dogs Memorial service

  9. oakwell rex

    Who came here from only fools? Diamonds 're for Elvis.

  10. Claudia parish

    . . .
    I've always had a question about this song:
    Did the boy "stroke" Old Shep at the end, or did he "strike" him on the head.
    I remember listening to this when I was 13, and crying because it sounded like he "struck" the dog in the head.
    I have searched for the lyrics, and have seen it written both ways.
    Anyone else wonder about this?
    I am such a dog lover, that I can't imagine ever "striking" my dog in order to put him to sleep.
    I have carried this question with me for about 65 years.

  11. Franky

    isn t his version...the most beautiful song?...oh god god...-)

  12. Franky

    isn t his version...the most beautiful song....oh god god....

  13. Maria Veron

    hermosa cancion

  14. patrick ryan

    Boy this sure clears the sinuses. Such a vivid picture he paints. 10/2019

  15. Jamesaedwards

    This seamed to hit my grandad hard
    He never cry’s but this song seems to get his emotional side of life 😭 I can’t seem to cry(it’s different for everyone)

  16. Inspector Javert

    As far as songs about dead dogs go, it's a real mindbender...

  17. Matthew Armitage

    Today my Sam passed over. 18 years by my side now she has gone and my best friend is just a memory xxxxx

  18. John Knight

    I am not crying I just have something in eye😢😢

  19. Nathaniel Varney

    Anyone here for delboy

  20. Ellen R.

    What a beautiful voice Elvis had.  This is such a sad song.  After I lost my last dog, I knew I could never go through such a loss again, and I haven't.

  21. Wellington Starr

    As a kid, I always cried when my sister played this for me, and now, I still do. I have cats, no dogs or kids, but it's still the same - I love them more than myself.

  22. Franky

    vergleich dies....zum orginal...und du weist , warum ich bei elvis weine....

  23. demon666

    only fools and horses

  24. 1980s and Star wars Guy

    I did this for Derek Trotter

    For his song request, PLAY OLD SHEP!!!!!!


    I just watched the Christmas episode of OFAH where Del asked the carol singers to sing this and was curious if it was actually a song!!! lol then i saw this comment lol


    You plonker!

  25. Jack Armstrong

    Only fools horses anyone ????

  26. NotNikkiGraham

    Explosive Diorreha

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  28. Ananya Das

    what a beautiful song that is oh God!

  29. cyndi fought

    To think this was the beginning of a legend

  30. ReginaTeca

    Sweet song.💔

  31. Cheeky girl blue N

    Legend 💙👑💙👑💙👑

  32. Sieb Kelder Art

    This comment section is killing me! Everyone who lost a dog, I'm sorry! 😪

  33. Cristian Moreno

    I love this song too much, they're good

  34. Cath Green

    Crying buckets here, I dread the day I lose my best friend xx

  35. Jessica Allen

    This song should be used as a try not to cry challenge.

  36. Bryan Diaz

    Elvis plays piano on this song. He was asked about it in a 1958 interview. People forget that Elvis was a good pianist. He actually sang many of his songs in piano when he was at Graceland.

  37. Jonathon Jennings

    This was Leo Mervin 3 s funeral song

  38. MrJeddclampet

    Over the years I've had four labs. My last one, a chocolate named Daisy had a stroke the other day. We loaded her up and took her to the vet where we had her put down. She was twelve years and nine and a half months. This was the worst experience of my life. I'd retired ten years ago and she and I had been close companions ever since. Now I'm here in my office at my computer. I fell so alone. I just don;t want to go on. I miss her so.

    Daniel O'Neill

    Get a new one!

  39. Dylan Husted

    who disliked?

  40. Danny C. Jewell

    Was watching the video ''Elvis returns to Tupolo'',and they talked about this song I found it here,I was not prepared for the affect it had upon me , people seldom know the sorrow they carry with them,frequently manafesting in the form of illness,Elvis was a healer,praise the lord

    Joey Herbst

    So many wonderful memories WOW.

  41. Haile Sand Fort

    We had a German shepherd growing up, runt of the litter and guarded us like no ones business...someone poisoned her...she crawled towards my dad...and didn't make it to him before she died...eyes still open. I wasn't living at home, and hurt me that i wasn't there for her. I dedicate this to her...."Ginny"...all the best girls come in small packages...to my subsequent "Taurus" my first 'baby'and to all those family pets who mean the absolute world to us.

    María Hornos Miller

    Sorry for your loss. Who could be so cruel to poison an innocent dog?

    Santina Rainey

    Ouch that hurts! I love animals.

  42. Kevin Ceniceros

    Who's the one person who gave this video a dislike?


    Rodney Trotter

  43. Charles Schwable

    I shared this on my Facebook page, I dedicated this song to all the dogs I had and loved with the same loyalty.

  44. Martin Martin

    I had my dog for over ten years he died last week never knew how much i loved him until he died

    Dylan Husted

    I'm so sorry, bet your dog loved you very much.

    Martin Martin

    @Dylan Husted thank you for your kind words

  45. mika piipponen

    remembering my dogs,thanks elvis.

  46. Random Junk In My Phone

    7 thousand views
    90+ likes
    No dislikes, hell yeah

  47. Elvis Presley Fan Forever

    I’m not crying, just have something in my eye 😭

    brenda hewitt

    Me too my old Shep was called Honey will always be in Heart

  48. Josting Curi

    I've just sacrificed my best friend. She was a beautiful German Shepherd. Brave, loyalty, love, friendship, her eyes were honey and her welcome every night got me full of joy and love... I could never ask for more. now that she's gone I have a hole from my stomach to throat.I Love you Marla. hope you are wagging your tail somewhere waiting for me.

    Steve Hyde

    Lost my beautiful gs 2 weeks,, miss her so much.

    Dana Bennett

    That's hard, I'm so sorry for your loss. She'll always be in your heart - trust me on that one.

    Silvio Carneiro

    I'm so sorry for Marla...

    Sean Phelan

    It so sad when l loses a dog or a cat. It like having your hart rip out

    Red Dog 8814

    You sacrificed your dog? What kind of weirdo are you? Who does that?

  49. Franky

    isnt it fantastic....

  50. Dana Bennett

    But at the end he sings the wrong word - "struck" not "stroke". How weird.

    Dearth of Doohickey’s

    You’ve listened to Revisionist History’s podcast haven’t you? It’s an interesting one to be sure.

    Dana Bennett

    @Dearth of Doohickey’s I do listen to Rev History podcast! I listen to a lot of podcasts now. I'll pull this one up today on the bus!

    Dearth of Doohickey’s

    Dana Bennett I just recently found him, but I love his content! The episode is called Analysis, Parapraxis, and Elvis

    Dana Bennett

    @Dearth of Doohickey’s Thanks! I just listened to the one about Metal, Black Metal, and Death Metal - loved it. I have another bus trip coming up - so now Analysis, etc.

    Stephen DeCesare

    @Claudia parish In the music for the lyrics it is written "stroked" so it was just a little goof on his part.

  51. Ivan Keeling

    What a fantastic ,moving lament,made by the one and only Elvis I lost my little dog Babs last week 12th September and I played it just for her .RIP Elvis and my dear old Babs .

  52. Binky

    This song always makes me cry. Elvis is the best


    That was fabulous. Tears !

    Sally Beadon

    THOMAS ROSS This was the first Elvis I ever heard, loved him ever since 60 years..