There is a house in New Orleans.
They call the Rising Sun.
And it's been the ruin of many young poor boys
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 trunk
And the only time that he's satisfied
Is when he's all drunk.

Oh mother tell your children
Not to do what I have done
To spend their life in sin and misery
In the house of the Rising Sun.

With one foot on the platform
And the other foot on the train
I'm going back to New Orleans
To wear that ball and chain

There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many young poor boys
And god I know I'm one.

Lyrics submitted by Tarik, edited by Mellow_Harsher

House of the Rising Sun (The Animals cover) song meanings
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    General CommentGreat song
    Tarikon December 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNo, the Animals made it famous, it's a traditional song, and instead of a gambling house, it was actually about a different kind of a house.
    JosephWolfon January 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwho is the original composer of this song...dammit
    jake_e15on December 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs it Leadbelly, or did he just do a version of it
    The Lopperon December 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo, Bob Dylan did not write this song. He first heard it in New York where a fellow folk singer was doing it, and decided to put it on his first album. Only one or two songs on that one are written by him. It (the original lyrics, at least, which speak about a girl) was probably written by Georgia Turner and Bert Martin.
    Jeremiah Blackon January 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen did they play this song. Just out of Curiousity. I can't find it anywhere.
    Haseque39on January 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis was a great song before Zeppelin did it; and
    when they did it, it even made the song better........Great band singin' a great song
    Hoosierdude188on January 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdamn it! zeppelin didnt do this song
    it was the animals
    madhat57on February 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about Cocaine, and the addiction and pain it brings...I forget who actually wrote the song in the first place..but eh.
    somewheresomedayon February 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentExplain to me how this song is about cocaine? Your just a cokehead like the rest of the people that believe that.
    Manning71587on February 27, 2006   Link

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