Literary Lion: House of the Rising Sun and Comments

The House Of The Rising Sun – The Animals (And Comments)

gambling picture Gambling


There is a house in New Orleans
(I live in Las Vegas actually)
They call the Rising Sun
(It’s called Caesar’s  Palace)
And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy
(Yes, many men have lost their money here)
And God, I knows I’m one

(But not me, not today).

My mother was a tailor

(My mother she’s an accountant).
She sewed my new blue jeans
(We bought my jeans from wherever I wanted them from).
My father was a gamblin’ man
(My Dad likes to gamble so my Mom controls the money).
Down in New Orleans
( Down in Las Vegas)
Now the only thing a gambler needs
( I don’t need much when I’m here)
Is a suitcase and trunk
( Just free drinks and some red chips)
And the only time he’s satisfied
(I swear I’m satisfied, but maybe just one more try at Black Jack)
Is when he’s on a drunk

( Nothing wrong with a few drinks).

[Organ Solo]

Oh mother, tell your children

(Well maybe, I spend too much time here and you shouldn’t let your children do the same)
Not to do what I have done
(Maybe tell them to get a real job and not to gamble your life away)
Spend your lives in sin and misery
(Everyday I am here; I pay for my sins, and I’m miserable because I can never win enough).
In the House of the Rising Sun

( At any hotel casino down the strip or downtown).

Well, I got one foot on the platform

( I managed to leave Las Vegas for awhile but now I’m waiting at the airport)
The other foot on the train
( I’m walking onto the plane)
I’m goin’ back to New Orleans
(I’m goin’ back to Las Vegas)
To wear that ball and chain

( I can’t stay away, the chips are calling my name)

Well, there is a house in New Orleans

( There is a place in Las Vegas)
They call the Rising Sun
( It’s called Caesar’s Palace)
And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy
( It’s ruined my life, I’m always there or going back)
And God, I know I’m one
(Yes, God know’s my life is ruined by my gambling addiction)
House of The Rising Sun Music Video
Thanks to I Smith Words for the prompt gamble.
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11 thoughts on “Literary Lion: House of the Rising Sun and Comments

  1. Sonya December 4, 2015 / 11:41 am

    Ooh, clever! What a brilliant idea 🙂


    • mandibelle16 December 4, 2015 / 5:19 pm

      Thanks Sonya. It was the first thing that popped into my head when I thought about gambling, the prompt word.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. clcouch123 December 4, 2015 / 6:24 pm

    Wow, great form craft here. It would be impressive and meaningful to have a stage with two microphones on it; at one mic., someone sings the song–at the other, your words are interjected between song lines.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. SJ December 5, 2015 / 5:48 pm

    This is so creative! I loved the structure!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. draliman December 8, 2015 / 9:20 am

    Very clever, loved it! And a darkness running throughout with the gambling addiction.

    Liked by 1 person

    • mandibelle16 December 8, 2015 / 6:40 pm

      Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it. It was just the first thing that game to mind with the prompt word.

      Liked by 1 person

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