Song Lyric Sunday – House of the Rising Sun

Jim Adams has prompted us with Wall, House, Floor and Roof for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday. I went with the House of the Rising Sun by The Animals from 1964. Fifty five years on and this song is still strong. It is iconic and I never grow tired of hearing it. I love Eric Burdon’s soulful, raspy voice! Hope you enjoy it too.

Although The Animals became famous from recording this song with their own arrangement, it is a very old blues/rock song. There is a great backstory and I have included the link here.

Lyrics
House of the Rising Sun
The Animals


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

My mother was a tailor
She sewed my new blue jeans
My father was a gamblin' man
Down in New Orleans

Now the only thing a gambler needs
Is a suitcase and trunk
And the only time he's satisfied
Is when he's on a drunk

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

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

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


  21 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday – House of the Rising Sun

  1. September 15, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Another favourite! ❀️

    • Christine Bolton
      September 15, 2019 at 11:40 pm

      πŸ™‚

  2. September 15, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Just pure brilliance – you have made my Sunday!

    • Christine Bolton
      September 15, 2019 at 11:41 pm

      Thanks Mel. It kinda made my day too πŸ™‚

  3. September 15, 2019 at 9:09 am

    A classic.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 15, 2019 at 11:41 pm

      For sure Di πŸ™‚

  4. September 15, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Gambling is the worst addiction that anyone can have. Indulging in too many drugs, alcohol or too much sex will all ruin you over time, but gambling can send your whole life down the tubes in a flash. Great song, thanks for sharing it.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 15, 2019 at 11:42 pm

      Ive always loved this song Jim. Takes me back to the sixties in the UK πŸ™‚

  5. September 15, 2019 at 11:21 am

    One more thing we have in common. This is another of my favorite songs. πŸ™‚

    • Christine Bolton
      September 15, 2019 at 11:42 pm

      It’s timeless, isn’t it? πŸ™‚πŸ’•

  6. September 15, 2019 at 11:42 am

    It has a haunting melody and the vocals are top of the charts. Another timeless classic, Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      September 15, 2019 at 11:43 pm

      Thanks Lisa. Yes, it very special. πŸ’•πŸ™‚

  7. aisasami
    September 15, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Such a classic! Thanks for the share!

    • Christine Bolton
      September 15, 2019 at 11:43 pm

      My pleasure! πŸ™‚

  8. September 15, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    One of my all time favorites. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 15, 2019 at 11:43 pm

      Yes, it’s wonderful. Thanks so much πŸ™‚

  9. September 15, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    I went the same way. A favorite for sure.

  10. Christine Bolton
    September 15, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    Ah…great minds think alike Jilly! πŸ™‚

  11. September 16, 2019 at 1:40 am

    I was tempted to use this song, as it’s one of my favorites. But I decided to go with Pink Floyd instead. You made a great choice.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 16, 2019 at 8:26 am

      Tanks …..and made a great choice too my friend! πŸ™‚

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