Lyrics to
House Of The Rising Sun

Released by Waylon Jennings in 1970
From the Album: Don't Think Twice |

This version of House Of The Rising Sun was released by Waylon Jennings in 1970.

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There is a house down in New Orleans
They call the Rising sun
It’s been the ruin of many poor boys and me
Oh God, I’m one.

My mother was a taylor
She sowed these old blue jeans
My father was a gambler
Lord, down in New Orleans.

Go tell my baby sister
Not to do the the things I’ve done
Outshine that house down in New Orleans
They call the Rising sun.

There is a house down in New Orleans
they call the Rising sun
It’s been the ruin of many poor boys and me
Oh God, I’m one…


Waylon Jennings has released many songs over the years besides House Of The Rising Sun. Waylon Jennings released songs from 1964 to 1972 spanning across albums like JD's, Leavin' Town, Folk-Country, Nashville Rebel, Waylon Sings Ol' Harlan, The One And Only, Love Of The Common People, Only The Greatest, Jewels, Hangin' On, Just To Satisfy You, Country-Folk, Waylon, Singer Of Sad Songs, Don't Think Twice, The Taker/Tulsa, Cedartown, Georgia, and Good Hearted Woman. Decade Lyrics has over lyrics & songs by Waylon Jennings.

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About Lyrics and House Of The Rising Sun by Waylon Jennings

The lyrics for House Of The Rising Sun are defined as the words making up the song released by Waylon Jennings in 1970. It also includes the verses and words used by the background chorus in the song. Like many hit songs, the lyrics to House Of The Rising Sun have different meanings to different people. While it is clear in some of the lyrics what the artist is trying to really say, only Waylon Jennings and those working with them know all of the meanings behind all of the lyrics to their songs.

Some folks are interested in word and phrase etymology. It is easy to understand the lyrics to House Of The Rising Sun by Waylon Jennings if you think through it. The word "lyric" itself derives from the Latin word lyricus, with the actual English word lyrics applied to the definition "words set to music" listed in Stainer and Barrett's 1876 Dictionary of Musical Terms. Continuing the chain, the Latin word lyricus derives from the Greek word λυρικός or lyrikós. This somewhat means "poetry accompanied by the lyre" or "words set to music." You can easily see that by looking at the background of the word lyric, that the "lyrics to House Of The Rising Sun" means the words set to the music of House Of The Rising Sun, or poetry accompanied by the lyre played by Waylon Jennings. The singular form "lyric" is still used to mean the complete words to a song. However, the singular form lyric is also commonly used to refer to a specific line (or phrase) within a song's lyrics. Hence, by this analysis of word structure, you could say that the lyric to House Of The Rising Sun and the lyrics to House Of The Rising Sun are both one and the same thing. None of this talk about the word Lyrics is really relevant to fans of Waylon Jennings who came here looking just for the lyrics to House Of The Rising Sun, but we feel it is still fun to learn what's behind commonly used words and lyrics in songs.

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