House of the rising sun

House of the rising sun

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FOLK SONG JOURNEY

10 peculiar themes from the 1960s

When he delivers a song that later becomes popular, the singer-songwriter is just its creator and first performer, he has no control over how others will fix it and the song's later life is quite another story.

  1960  ∙  Where have all the flowers gone  (Pete Seeger)  ∙  1961  ∙  She moved through the fair  (Irish trad.)  ∙  The lion sleeps tonight  (the Tokens)  ∙  1964  ∙  HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN  (USA 1933)  ∙  1965  ∙  Subterranean homesick blues  (Bob Dylan)  ∙  1966  ∙  Hey Joe  (Bill Roberts1962)  ∙  1967  ∙  Without her  (Harry Nilsson)  ∙  Suzanne  (Leonard Cohen)  ∙  1968  ∙  Those were the days  (USSR 1925)  ∙  1969  ∙  Streets of London  (Ralph McTell) 

 

HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN:  A classic folk-blues turned into a rock hit by 'The Animals'

In 1964, the British band ‘The Animals’ delivered the first rock version of the traditional American folk-blues song ‘House Of The Rising Sun’. It took only a few months for their version to hit the top of the Charts both in UK and in the USA.

∙  1933  ∙  Clarence "Tom" Ashley & Gwen Foster  ∙  1937  ∙  Georgia Turner  ∙  1938  ∙  Roy Acuff  ∙  1941  ∙  Woody Guthrie  ∙  1942  ∙  Josh White  ∙  Libby Holman and White (re-rec. 1950)  ∙  1948  ∙  Lead Belly  ∙  1949  ∙  Jean Ritchie  ∙  1953  ∙  Hally Wood  ∙  1957  ∙  Glenn Yarbrough (ex-Limeliters)  ∙  1958  ∙  Pete Seeger  ∙  1959  ∙  The Weavers  ∙  Andy Griffith  ∙  1960  ∙  Miriam Makeba   ∙  Joan Baez   ∙  1961  ∙  Carolyn Hester  ∙  1962  ∙  Nina Simone  ∙  Bob Dylan  ∙  Dave Van Ronk  ∙  1964  ∙  The Animals  ∙  Tim Hardin  ∙  1970  ∙  Frijid Pink  ∙  The Chambers Brothers  ∙  1973  ∙  Jody Miller  ∙  1992  ∙  Gregory Isaacs  ∙  2017  ∙  Alt-J  ∙

In other languages:

∙  1964  ∙  Lone Star (La Casa del Sol Nasciente)  ∙  Johnny Hallyday  (Le Pénitencier)  ∙  1966  ∙  Los Speakers  (Colombia)  ∙  2014  ∙  Wolfenstein  (German, Videogame)  ∙

1933

1964

Lyrics
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There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God, I know I'm one
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My mother was a tailor
She sewed my new blue jeans
My father was a gamblin' man
Down in New Orleans
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Now the only thing a gambler needs
Is a suitcase and a trunk
And the only time he's satisfied
Is when he's all drunk
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Oh mother, tell your children
Not to do what I have done
Spend your lives in sin and misery
In the House of the Rising Sun
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Well, I got one foot on the platform
The other foot on the train
I'm goin' back to New Orleans
To wear that ball and chain
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Well, there is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God, I know I'm one