House Of The Rising Sun | The Animals


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This is a great song from The Animals. We play this song in the key of “Am”, and the guitar chart and lyric sheet we use for open mic night and live performances are available below for your reference. If you prefer to use different guitar tabs or chord charts, we can accomodate any variations.


Vs- Am, C, D, F, Am, C, E- Am, C, D, F, Am, E, Am

INTRO- Am, C, D, F, Am, E, Am, E

      Am   C        D           F
There is a house in New Orleans
     Am       C      E   E
They call the Risin' Sun
         Am       C       D           F
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy.
    Am     E        Am
And God, I know I'm one.

(Passing chords)
C, D, F, Am, E, Am, E

   Am     C     D           F
My mother was a tailor.
    Am       C        E     E
She sewed my new blue jeans.
   Am     C     D        F
My father was a gamblin' man
Am      E      Am
Down in New Or-leans.

(Passing chords)
C, D, F, Am, E, Am, E

         Am   C       D       F
Now, the only thing a gambler needs
     Am       C     E     E
Is a suitcase and a trunk
        Am   C         D          F
And the only time that he's satis-fied
   Am        E    Am
Is when he's on a drunk

(Passing chords)
C, D, F, Am, E, Am, E

Organ Solo (For about 12- 16 bars)

    Am     C          D        F
Oh, Mother, tell your children
       Am      C      E     E
Not to do what I have done.
Am         C        D          F
Spend your lives in sin and misery
       Am           E      Am
In the house of the risin' sun.

(Passing chords)
C, D, F, Am, E, Am, E

Am         C       D               F
Well, I've got one foot on the platform.
    Am    C           E     E
the other foot on the train.
    Am    C       D           F
I'm goin' back to New Orleans
   Am        E        Am
To wear that ball and chain.

(Passing chords)
C, D, F, Am, E, Am, E

            Am   C        D           F
Well, there is a house in New Orleans
     Am       C      E     E
They call the Risin' Sun
         Am       C       D           F
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy.
    Am     E        Am
And God, I know I'm one.

(Passing chords)
C, D, F, Am, E, 
Am, D, Am, D, Am,D (fade out with Am and D)


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