grew up on The Animals' version of "House of the Rising Sun", though I have since heard many others more poignant, especially sung by women singers, because the original lyrics are said to refer to a woman's tragic relationship to the House of "Ill-Repute".
Here are lyrics where the victim is a woman -
"There is a house in New Orleans they call the Rising Sun.
It's been the ruin of many a poor girl and me, O God, for one.
If I had listened what Mama said, I'd be at home today.
Being so young and foolish, poor boy, let a rambler lead me astray.
Go tell my baby sister never do like I have done
To shun that house in New Orleans they call the Rising Sun.
My mother she's a tailor, she sewed these new blue jeans.
My sweetheart, he's a drunkard, Lord, Lord, drinks down in New Orleans.
The only thing a drunkard needs is a suitcase and a trunk.
The only time he's satisfied is when he's on a drunk.
Fills his glasses to the brim, passes them around.
Only pleasure he gets out of life is hoboin' from town to town.
One foot is on the platform and the other one on the train.
I'm going back to New Orleans to wear that ball and chain.
Going back to New Orleans, my race is almost run.
Going back to spend the rest of my days beneath that Rising Sun."
different lyrics by The White Buffalo - Sons of Anarchy
"There is a house in Charming Town
They call the Rising Son
And it's been the ruin of many a poor girl
And me, Oh God, I'm one
If I listened to? my mama
Lord I'd be home today
But I was young and foolish
A handsome rider led me astray
Go tell my baby sister
never do what I've done
To shun the house in Charming Town
They call the Rising Son
My Mother, she's a tailor
She sewed my new blue jeans
My sweetheart he's a rambler
Lord he rides an old machine.
Now the only thing a rambler needs
is a suitcase and a gun
the only time he's satisfied
is when he's on the run
He fills his chamber up with lead
and takes? his pain to town
only pleasure he gets out of life
is bringing another man down
He's got one hand on the throttle
the other on the brake
he's riding back to Redwood
To own his father's stake
And me I wait in Charming Town
The game my love has won
I'm staying here to end my life
Down in the Rising Son"
As for the author of "House of the Rising Sun," that is unknown. Musicologists have traced the song's origins back as far as the 18th century to a traditional English ballad. Like many ballads and folk songs, the lyrics have changed over the years to suit the singer and the audience. No one can claim rights to the song, so anyone can alter it, record it or sell it royalty-free.
So, I don't want any hassles from anyone trying to claim copyright to my singing of this song that belongs to everyone. So, YouTube...no adverts with my video. Everything is created by me, including the instrumental.
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