The House Of the Rising Sun

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The House Of the Rising Sun

Here are the chord substitutions that I use to play the 1964 Animals' hit The House of the Rising Sun. The song was originally introduced in 1937 with historian Alan Lomax's recording of Middlesboro, Kentucky's Georgia Turner Rising Sun Blues. Later, Lomax published the song in his 1941 Our Singing Country and it soon became a staple of 1940's New York City folk music. I play the song in a steady 4/4 beat and not the 6/8 tempo of the original hit recording. You will want compare my changes to the original progression for comparison. The opening progression pedals on the A bass note. For variation, you may want to try substituting the "Esus4" for the last "E11" chord. The chord fingerings I use (in a Standard tuning) are as follows: Am7 = x05555; Bm7/A = x07777; Fma77/A = x03555; E11 = 077777; and Esus4 = 022200.

Am7 / / / / / / / Bm7/A / / / Fmaj7/A / / /
Am7 / / / E11 / / / Am7 / / / E11 / / /
Am7 / / / / / / / Bm7/A / / / Fmaj7/A / / /
Am7 / / / E11 / / / Am7 / / / E11 / / /

      Am7           Bm7/A Fmaj7/A    Am7      E11    Am7   E11 
There is a house in New Orleans they call the Rising Sun 
         Am7              Bm7/A     Fmaj7/A   Am7   E11    Am7   E11      
and it's been the ruin of many poor boy and God I know I'm one. 


Now the only thing a gambler needs is a suitcase and a trunk 
and the only time that he is satisfied is when he's on a drunk. 

Now mother tell your children not to do what I have done 
spend your life in sin and misery in the house of the Rising Sun. 

There is a house in New Orleans they call the Rising Sun 
and it's been the ruin of many poor boy and God I know I'm one 
and God I know that I'm one, Yes God I know that I'm one. 

Hear an mp3 of this arrangement performed by Live Music by clicking here.


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