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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


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