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Song Analysis ” The House of the Rising Sun” By: The Animals

I am really excited to be doing this song analysis for you today because I have always loved  this song and want to share my thoughts on this song with you.I don’t want to just concentrate on The Animals version so I can’t speak to much about the sound of the songs but rather will focus on the lyrics(below).

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
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 trunk
And the only time he’s satisfied
Is when he’s on a drunk

I think it is quite obvious the picture that this song paints. Of a gambling man , drunk, perhaps staggering through the streets, almost lost… The imagery the song gives once is so vivid and raw and that is what makes this song stand out as such a wonderful song.

[Organ Solo]

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 got one foot on the platform
The other foot on the train
I’m goin’ 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 of many a poor boy
And God, I know I’m one

Every time I hear this song every version I have heard of this song leaves me speechless because of the message it sends and the earthiness of the lyrics. there is something very human about this song and that, I believe, is why I am so drawn to it.

Thank you ( Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.)

-Wishing you the brightest of days,Eva

” Me and the pen,we are one. If its ink would cease to flow,my ink would cease to flow.”



I am the author of and am currently working on a book of poems. To find out more check out my about me page as well as my page about my blog and welcome to the ink angels community.

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