Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The House Of The rising Sun

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House Of The Rising Sun ( Lyrics )

by The Doors
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There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Risin' 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 a trump
And the only time that he's satisfied
Is when he's all 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 risin' sun.

Well, I've 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 Risin' Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy.
And God, I know I'm one.


The House Of The Risng Sun


Johnny Hallyday sang a French version of the song called "Les Portes du Pénitencier". A Catalan version was performed by the group Els Dracs under the title "La Casa del Sol Naixent". A Finnish version was performed by Virve Rosti, entitled "Nousevan auringon talo". There is also a brazilian portuguese version, sang by Agnaldo Timóteo. This one is called "A Casa dos Meus Sonhos", what means "The House on My Dreams". A popular version from the 1930s was recorded by Leadbelly, who added ambiguity to the lyrics by changing the gender of the singer. The Animals version, sung by Eric Burdon, is possibly the best known today.

Other artists to cover the song include:

* Agents of Oblivion

* The Adolescents

* Bachman-Turner Overdrive

* Agnaldo Timóteo

* Bard of Ely

* Joan Baez

* The Be Good Tanyas

* Eric Bibb & Cyndee Peters

* Blind Boys of Alabama (as ‘Amazing Grace’)

* Bon Jovi

* The Brothers Four

* Johnny Cash

* Cody C & J.R.

* David Allen Coe

* Creedence Clearwater Revival

* Maria Daines & Paul Killington

* The Doors

* Bob Dylan (as part of his self-titled debut album)

* The Eagles

* Tommy Emmanuel

* Evereve

* Marianne Faithfull

* Bob Fuzz

* Frijid Pink
(it was this version, not the Animals' version,
which hit number one in Germany)

* Gerry and the Pacemakers

* Woody Guthrie

* Wyclef Jean et Les Portes du Pen

* Waylon Jennings

* Brian Johnson

* Sammy Kaye

* B.B. King and Mary Travers

* Mark Knopfler

* Kult

* La Renga

* Leadbelly

* Led Zeppelin

* Courtney Love

* Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power)

* Ronnie Milsap

* Roger McGuinn

* Muse

* Tim O'Brien

* Mark O'Conner

* Sinéad O'Connor

* Odetta

* John Otway

* Oysterhead

* Dolly Parto
* The Platters

* Pink Floyd

* Rockapella

* The Rolling Stones

* Dave van Ronk

* Santa Esmeralda

* Sentenced

* Nina Simone

* Tangerine Dream

* Toto

* Tracy Chapman

* The Ventures

* Doc Watson & Richard Watson

* The Weavers

* The White Stripes

* Josh White

* Buster Poindexter

* Shawn Mullins


* "The House of the Rising Sun" was the first song Tony Blair learned to play on the guitar, according to an interview with him on Top of the Pops, January 23rd, 2005.
* The song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band makes a reference to this song in the lyric "the devil's in the house of the rising sun".
* Was featured in a Gatorade commercial.
* This is the title of one particular episode of Lost, though the lyrics' relevance to the plot of the episode is open to interpretation, though the episode focused on Sun, a Korean woman.
* In Martin Scorcese's Bob Dylan biopic No Direction Home, Dave Van Ronk states that Dylan took his (Van Ronk's) coffee house version of the song and recorded it without his permission on Dylan's first album on Columbia Records. Eric Burdon then took Dylan's recorded version and arranged for his electric band, The Animals, and enjoyed a significant hit with the song, much to Dylan's chagrin (and to Van Ronk's ironic sense of justice. Dave Van Ronk went on record as saying that the whole issue was a "tempest in a teapot", and that Dylan stopped playing the song after The Animals' hit because fans accused Dylan of plagiarizing Burdon's version. Another source claims that The Animals are said to have learned this song from Nina Simone. Bob Dylan has said he first heard The Animals' version on his car radio and "jumped out of his car seat" because he liked it so much.
* The song has the same rhyme scheme as Amazing Grace, and is occasionally performed live with those lyrics.
* In August of 1989 while police were investigating the murders of five college students in Gainesville, Florida, they came across a campsite containing a tape recording of a song set to the music of "House of the Rising Sun", but with different lyrics. It was recorded by Danny Rolling, who was later charged and convicted in the killings.

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