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House of the Rising Sun

House of the Rising Sun by The Animals

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       A wonderful melancholy, almost gospel song by The Animals, "The House of the Rising Sun" is a sad tale of a brothel in New Orleans.  There aren't a lot of popular song hits about houses of ill repute, that is usuallyreserved for the blues genre.  The song works very well as a pop hit possibly because of the sermon like vocals and dirge-like background music that set this apart from your usual pop fare.  Interestingly "The House of the Rising Sun" tells about the ruination of the young lads that visit the "ladies of the night" and not about the ruination of the ladies themselves.  Again, a different take on the ho house theme.  A mournful haunting tune by a fine bunch of musicians.  The song itself is an old American folk song, so no one really knows who wrote it.  I wish I did.

Review posted by: Beethoven

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