Rising Sun Was A Popular Name For A Bordello In The 19th Century...
The House of the Rising Sun has a long history and its origins are probably lost in the sands of time. The folklorist, Alan Lomax, recorded many folk songs sung in the Kentucky hill country at the end of the 1930's. His recording of Georgia Turner and Bert Martin is not the earliest recording of the song, but the melody may have been taken from an English ballard.
Georgia Turner's lyrics:
There is a house in New Orleans They call the Rising Sun. It's been the ruin of many a poor girl, and me, O God, for one.
If I had listened what Mamma said, I'd 'a' been at home today. Being so young and foolish, poor boy, let a rambler lead me astray.
Go tell my baby sister never do like I have done to shun that house in New Orleans they call the Rising Sun.
My mother she's a tailor; she sewed my new blue jeans. My sweetheart, he's a drunkard, Lord, Lord, drinks down in New Orleans.
The only thing a drunkard needs is a suitcase and a trunk. The only time he's satisfied is when he's out on a drunk.
Fills his glasses to the brim, passes them around only pleasure he gets out of life is hoboin' from town to town.
One foot is on the platform and the other one on the train. I'm going back to New Orleans to wear that ball and chain.
Going back to New Orleans, my race is almost run. Going back to spend the rest of my days beneath that Rising Sun.
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The Animals recorded it in 1964 on a 45 RPM disk and it hit the top of the charts that year in both the United States and England.