The House of the Rising Sun - guitar tab, notes, chords and lyrics
“The House of the Rising Sun” is a well-known folk song. Whereas its origin is not sure, the song is probably most associated with the version by The Animals. A few years before, the folk singer Dave Van Ronk did a great arrangement, which for instance Bob Dylan use when he recorded it. Playing the song on guitar, is often done by using broken chords with mainly the following progression: Am - C - D - F - Am - C - E (the last chord is depending on the version sometimes replaced or followed by E7). But the melody can, of course, also be played with the guitar. Both broken chords arrangemnet and melody are presented here, as wells as chords and lyrics.
The House of the Rising Sun (broken chords and melody accompaniment)
"The House of the Rising Sun" for guitar with broken chords accompaniment. Free download in pdf-file and audio.
The House of the Rising Sun broken chords
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The House of the Rising Sun guitar accompaniment
The House of the Rising Sun (only melody)
"The House of the Rising Sun" tablature notation for guitar presented as an image (full versions for only melody and with accompaniment can be downloaded as pdf).
Tips on how to learn this song
The song consists of 16 bars (the pickup bar excluded) and the first 8 are quite similar with the last 8 bars. A tip is to use the thumb four the notes on the fourth string and the fingers for the rest.
Lyrics and chords
The House of the Rising Sun chords in the key of AmVerse 1:
There (Am)is a (C)house in (D)New Orleans(F)
They (Am)call the Ris(C)ing (E)Sun(Am)
And (Am)it's been the (C)ruin of (D)many a poor (F)boy
And (Am)God, I (E)know I'm one
My mother was a tailor
She sewed my new blue jeans
My father was a gambling man
Down in New Orleans
Now the only thing a gambler needs
Is a suitcase and a trunk
And the only time he is satisfied
Is when he's on a drunk
Oh, mother, tell your children
Not to do what I have done
Spend your lives in sin and misery
In the House of the Rising Sun
Well, I got one foot on the platform
The other foot on the train
I'm goin' back to New Orleans
To wear that ball and chain
Well, there is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God, I know I'm one.
This is one of the versions of the song, but other versions considering both lyrics and chords exist. The chords that are written out for the first verse are same throughout the song. The key is in A Minor, but shifting between natural minor and harmonic minor due to the E major chord.
There are possibilities to change the key by using a capo:
- Capo 1: A# / Bb minor
- Capo 2: B minor
- Capo 3: C minor
Key, time, tuning and tempo
Information about "The House of the Rising Sun" considering musical key, time signature, tuning and bpm.
The (tab) version of The House of the Rising Sun is played in the key of Am.
The song is played in 6/8 tempo (counted one, two, three, four for each measure).
The song is normally played in standard tuning (EADGBE).
The tempo in beats per minute is 80 for the presented version.