Old Shep
Elvis Presley (Children's) 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 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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J. Bruce Fox

One of his saddest but most beautiful renditions of a song.

D Doeser

Vindt het zo prachtig doet je wat ❤🇳🇱🙏

Tony Morph

Can’t believe this has so few views. My dad sung this to me when I was a little boy. I love you dad and Elvis. Miss you.


@currenbj This is my earliest memory too. Dad perched on the end of the bed with a Takamine. An Australian summer wind whistling outside. I think I was four. I’d give everything I’ve got to be back there again.

Olof Lehrberg

The most viewed versions have around 900 000 views.


One of my very earliest memories was my father singing this to us as my sisters and I cried. I am 73 now so that would be almost 70 years ago. This is a beautiful rendition.

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.


I agree agree, worst pain I've felt loosing my dog, my soul mate.

Xvier Fernandez

Elvis was a beautiful soul. Great song.

patrick ryan

Hard to attempt to sing without filling up. I understand it took Elvis several takes to get this down. It's a stellar performance, timeless in its effect on the listener (no matter how many times heard). Old Shep did have a Heaven, and both He and Elvis now have a wonderful home (not to worry).

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