House of the Rising Sun (song)

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Muse song
Name House of the Rising Sun
Album/single 1 Love (4)
Length 2:58
Alternative titles -
First live performance 14th September 2006 (instrumental)
Latest live performance - (instrumental)
Recorded Unknown
Writer/composer Bert Martin and Georgia Turner
Producer Muse

Description

House of the Rising Sun is an American folk song, thought to be written by Georgia Turner and Bert Martin. This song tells of hard times in New Orleans. The most well known version was recorded by Eric Burdon and the Animals in 1964.

Additional information

The song was never played live, and never released on any of Muse's singles - only an NME cover album. This song has been covered by many huge artists, including Tommy Emmanuel, The White Stripes, The Eagles, Bob Dylan, The Animals, and coincidentally Nina Simone (the same jazz artist who made Feeling Good famous). It was also the first song Tony Blair learned to play on guitar.

This song is featured as one of the 20 Best of War Child, it is in an album by them, containing many other artists.

An instrumental excerpt from the song was played during the 2006 tour, and again in the 2010 tour. This instrumental is not played in the same fashion as Muse's recorded rendition, but instead in one similar to The Animals' version.

Muse lyrics

There is a house in New Orleans

They call the Rising Sun It’s been the ruin of many a poor boy And God I know I’m one

Well mothers tell your children Not to do what I have done While you spend your life in sin and misery In the House of the Rising Sun

Well there is a house in New Orleans They call the Rising Sun Well It’s been the ruin of many a poor boy And God I know I’m one

Original lyrics

There is a house down in New Orleans

They call the Risin’ Sun And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy And me, oh god, I’m a-one

My mother was a tailor She sewed these new blue jeans My sweetheart was a gambler, lord Down in New Orleans

Now the only thing a gambler needs Is a suitcase and a trunk And the only time he’s satisfied Is when he’s on a drunk

He fills his glasses up to the brim And he’ll pass the cards around And the only pleasure he gets out of life Is ramblin’ from town to town

Oh tell my baby sister Not to do what I have done But shun that house in New Orleans They call the Risin’ Sun

Well, it’s one foot on the platform And the other foot on the train I’m goin’ back to new Orleans To wear that ball and chain

I’m a-goin’ back to New Orleans My race is almost run I’m goin’ back to end my life Down in the risin’ sun

There is a house in New Orleans They call the risin’ sun It’s been the ruin of many poor boy And me, oh god, I’m a-one


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