The House of The Rising Sun
Written by Bonnie Dickinson
on 16 January 2014 à 12:57
The House of the Rising Sun is an american folk song whose origin is unknown. Some people think that the song was written by a couple from Kentucky (Georgia Turner and Bert Martin).
This song is one of the most covered since the XXth century. The meaning of the lyrics is submit to a controversy because the expression "Rising Sun" was commonly used like a euphemism to talk about brothel. But according to some people, "the Rising Sun" was a prison for women in New Orleans. That would probably explain the expression "ball and chain" at the end of the song.
When you search "the house of the rising sun lyrics" in google, the first answer will be the version of the band The Animal, released in 1964. Those lyrics are quite correct copairing to the originals except for one detail :
"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 "
In fact in the original version, the song is the testimony of a young woman. But many bands like Muse (2010) or The Walls of Jericho (2008) changed the lyrics in a lot of different ways.
My three favorite covers are the version of Nina Simone(1962):
the version of Lauren O'Connel (2013):
and the version of the White Buffalo (2011):