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The House Of The Rising Sun Lyrics

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.

My mother was a tailor,
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 he'll be satisfied
Is when he's on 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 Rising Sun.

Well I've got one foot on the plane.
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 a poor Boy,
and God I know I'm one.




By Fistan Majere Dedicado a Uziel_
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Dec 03, 2001
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I THINK it´s about a boy that comes from a broken home, and maybe the house of the rising sun is some kind of addiction he had cause of that. If not, this song is one of my favorites.

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amazing song.

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Frau you were on the right track there, but The House of the Rising sun was actually a "Whore House" and the line "They call the rising sun. And it's been the ruin of many a poor Boy, and God I know I'm one." is meaning that he blew all his money at the Risining Sun and probably obtained that behaviour from his father, because this line ?My father was a gamblin' man. Down in New Orleans." is either meaning he was actually gambling or he was also someone who went to the Rising Sun

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When I first listened the song, the "house of prostitution theory" seemed obvious to me. I actually still believe that is the meaning of it.

It exists a French version of the song which is about a prison. Its name is "Les portes du pénitencier". In Engnlish, the lyrics are :

"the gates of the prison will soon be closed that will be where I'm going to finish my life as other guys did.

For me, my mother gave her wedding dress Can you ever forgive me I've made you cry too much

The sun isn't made for us That's during the night that we can cheat. You, who lost everything tonight You can win tomorrow

O mothers listen to me Never let your boys hanging around on the streets at night or they'll end up in prison

You, the girl who loved me I made you cry too much The tears of shame you shed You have to forget them"

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