​The House of the Rising Sun is a traditional folk song, which was made famous by The Animals in 1964. There are earlier versions of the song that date back to 1933 by Clarence "Tom" Ashley and Gwen Foster. Bob Dylan has a popular version of The House of Rising Sun, but was not happy when his take was referred to as a cover to The Animals original. Bob Dylan was even accused of plagiarism by his fans.

Below you'll find the House of the Rising Sun chords with the lyrics. We like Justin Guitar's instructional video to play House of the Rising Sun. He covers a couple different techniques based on The Animals version, including a strumming version and a finger style version. 

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Intro: Am   C   D   F   Am   E   Am   E

            Am      C           D                F

There is a house in New Orleans

          Am           C          E

They call the Rising Sun

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​And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy

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And God, I know I'm one.

          Am      C          D       F

​My mother was a tailor

          Am             C                  E

​She sewed my new blue jeans

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My father was a gamblin' man​

Am          E            Am    C   D   F   Am   E   Am   E

Down in New Orleans​

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Now the only thing a gambler needs​

       Am          C          E

Is a suitcase and trunk​

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And the only time he's satisfied​

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Is when he's on a drunk​

        Am          C          D            F

Oh mother, tell your children​

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Not to do what I have done​

Am                C           D                  F

Spend your lives in sin and misery​

                Am                  E         Am     C   D   F   Am   E   Am   E

In the House of the Rising Sun​

Am        C            D                         F

Well, I got one foot on the platform​

          Am      C                   E

The other foot on the train​

        Am   C              D                F

I'm goin' back to New Orleans​

       Am             E              Am    C   D   F   Am   E   Am   E

To wear that ball and chain

                     Am      C             D                  F

Well, there is a house in New Orleans​

         Am          C           E

They call the Rising Sun​

               Am            C            D                      F

And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy​

          Am      E              Am    C   D   F   Am   E   Am   D   Am   D   Am   D

And God, I know I'm one​

Now you've got the House of the Rising Sun chords, lyrics, and different techniques to get the timing right. Play around with what you think sounds best to put you're own spin on this classic hit.

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  1. Justin Sandercoe has to be the best guitar instructor on YouTube. Been learning from him and the Jedi for years. All free lessons but be generous and donate if you can.

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