Song Lyric Sunday – The House of the Rising Sun by The Animals

This has to be one of my all time favorite songs.  There is so much story in, not just the lyrics, but the music itself.  I’m not sure the song would be the same without the blues-y organ and the guitar.  I’ve always loved this song.

It’s been covered quite a bit, but it’s no wonder; it’s such a classic song.  I decided to go with the more well known version recorded in the 60’s by The Animals.  I also found some interesting information here when I was trying to found out who wrote it.

I also heard this version by Five Finger Death Punch when I pulled up the “original” on Apple music, which you rockers out there might like.  I actually enjoyed it quite a lot.  I also heard this version by Hannah Houston on the current season of the Voice.  I thought she killed it!

Since I was looking at classics today and decided on this one, I will say let’s have you post one of your favorite classics (whatever that might mean for you).  But as always, feel free to post the music you love and do your own thing.  We all love music here.


The House of the Rising Sun by The Animals
Lyrics found at AZ Lyrics

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

Please feel free to join Song Lyric Sunday with one of your own.  We love sharing music!

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  • I’ve started including who wrote the song. (I think it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due)
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

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24 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – The House of the Rising Sun by The Animals

  1. I was 11yrs old when the Animals released The House Of The Rising Sun in 1964 and it ‘blew my mind ‘ as was the saying then. It was then my love of lyrics and words began.
    I have heard the other versions of this song but the Animal’s version beats them all in to a cocked hat,bettering even Dylan. Thanks for the memories Helen! 😉 xxxx

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  4. my poor tired brain tells me now to hum this song in an endless loop LOL one of my favourites too! Besides “Hotel California” which I sometimes sing at work 😉

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  7. I had wanted to use Nostalgia as my Sunday song, and as this was the final episode of Wallander, using Emily Barker’s song seemed sorta appropriate. I image I have a classic captured somewhere.
    .There’s something about when you hear “There is a house in New Orleans . . . .”

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