Libby Holman, Josh White The House Of The Risin' Sun cover

The House Of The Risin' Sun
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Verse 1
There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor girl,
And me, oh Lord is one
Verse 2
If I had listened to what my mother said
I'd have been at home today,
But I was young and foolish, Oh God
Let a gambler lead me astray
Verse 3
My mother is a tailor
She sews those new blue jeans
My sweetheart is a drunkard, Lord
Down in New Orleans
Verse 4
The only thing a drunkard needs
Is a suitcase and a trunk
The only time he's satisfied
Is when he's on a drunk
Verse 5
He'll fill his glasses to the brim
He passes them around
And the only pleasure he gets out of life
Is bumming from town to town
Verse 6
Go tell my baby sister,
Never do what I have done
To shun that house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
Verse 7
It's one foot on the platform
And the other one on the train
I'm going back to New Orleans
To wear that ball and chain
Verse 8
I'm goin' back to New Orleans
My race is almost run
I'm goin' back to spend my life
Beneath that Rising Sun

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