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Roger the Skiffler Origins: House of the Rising Sun (21) RE: Origins: House of the Rising Sun 16 Mar 15


This is the oldest version I've got, probably from an earlier thread: the "female" version.

HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN
(traditional version)
The is a house in New Orleans they call the Rising Sun,
It's been the ruin of many a girl; and me, poor girl, I'm one!
Me, poor girl, I'm one

My mother she is honest, she sews on new blue jeans,
My sweetheart is a drunkard, Lord! drinks down in New Orleans.
Drinks down in New Orleans.
He took me from my mother's home, he dragged me in the slime,
He sold me into the parlor-house where I must do my time,
Lord! I must do my time.

Go tell my baby sister; Don't do what I have done,
And shun that house in New Orleans they call the Rising Sun.
They call the Rising Sun.

It's one foot on the platform, the other on the train,
I'm going back to New Orleans ? I'll wear the ball and chair,
I'll wear the ball and chain.

I'm going back to New Orleans, my time is almost done
I'm going back to find my child beneath that Rising Sun.
Beneath that Rising Sun.

Most of the male versions follow the popular Animals tune & lyrics. I like Doc Watson's later faster version (different to the earlier slow one with Clarence Ashby). I once added up at least 12 different versions by different artists in my record collection, probably more now.

RtS


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