There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun,
And it's been the ruin for 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 all 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 platform,
The other foot on the train.
I'm going back to New Orleans
To wear that ball and chain.

Well, there is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun,
And it's been the ruin for many a poor boy,
And God, I know I'm one.

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House of the Rising Sun Lyrics as written by Alan Price

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    General CommentI 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.
    Frauon September 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commentamazing song.
    DubC4Lifeon April 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFrau 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
    Link7722on May 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhen 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"
    sosoolaon July 02, 2008   Link

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