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The lyrics are by Bob Dylan and the music is by David Allan Coe.
Dylan wrote several songs about musicians, including one called "Masters of War" that was also written about the musicians who played in the group Johnny Ace. Another song called "House of the Risin' Sun" was also written about a musician named R. J. Matson.
In 1998, Dylan said he didn't know who Masters of War or R.J. Matson were before writing the songs but felt compelled to write about them after hearing their stories told by other people: "I think maybe I just wanted to get them off my chest...They're two characters from years ago so there's no point in getting upset over things that happened long ago."
R. J. Matson was a young black man who played guitar in a band called The Angels in Detroit during the late 1950s.
An anonymous author wrote the folk ballad "The House of the Rising Sun." The most popular version is by the British band "The Animals," and it is considered a folk-rock smash. It has been covered by many other artists, including John Mellencamp.
Folk songs are usually about real people and events from long ago. This one is no different. It tells the story of a young man who leaves home to find work in another town. However, he falls in love with someone there and must decide whether to go back home or not. The song then describes what happens to him if he does return home.
"The House of the Rising Sun" is an example of a traditional ballad. These poems are very popular in Europe and some parts of America. They're told in 13 lines with 5 stanzas each. Each stanza starts with a title: "I saw my lover cry, I saw my lover die," etc. The first line of each section is also the chorus. Traditional ballads are always sad stories about lost love or death.
House songs are songs that tell of places where people live. So, "the house of the rising sun" could be any place where people live together such as a house, apartment building, or campground.
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Creedence Clearwater Revival is an American rock band formed in San Francisco in 1965 by singer-guitarist John Fogerty and bassist Stu Cook. The group became one of the most popular acts of the 1970s, with five Top 10 albums and six singles that all reached the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Their popularity declined after the end of the decade, but they have since become regarded as one of the greatest bands in rock 'n' roll history.
Their debut album, Creedence Clearwater Revival, was released in 1969. It did not sell well at first, but after several successful singles were taken from the record, it grew in popularity and has been cited as one of the best-selling albums of all time by music sales site Soundscan. In 2001, it was voted number 7 in VH1's Top Rock 'n' Roll Albums.
In addition to his work with Creedence, Fogerty also had three other solo albums reach the top 20 on the Billboard 200: Centerfield, Blue Moon Swamp, and Fortunate Son. He has had seven other albums reach the top 100.
The term "Home of the Rising Sun" is commonly interpreted as a euphemism for a brothel, however it is unknown if the house depicted in the lyrics was real or made up. Many locations have been suggested over time including: Japan, Australia, and even within U.S. borders (where many Japanese immigrants once lived).
In case you were wondering, no there are no geese at the house of the rising sun. However, there is a restaurant by that name in Baltimore, Maryland that serves delicious Japanese food. If you ever visit, be sure to check it out.
The Sun Rising is a love poem set in the speaker's bedroom, where he and his sweetheart are probably lying in bed after a night of passion. The sun is viewed as an unwelcome morning visitor, violating the couple's space, and is initially offended before being confronted. The speaker tries to persuade the sun not to rise, but fails. Finally, he falls asleep with the sun still shining outside their window.
This short poem was written by John Keats in 1819. It was published two years later in another of his poems, called "La Belle Dame sans Merci". This poem is one of several written by Keats when he was living in London. It has been suggested that the title means "the beautiful lady without mercy" in medieval English poetry. However, this interpretation is disputed by some scholars who say it could also mean "the beautiful lady without stain or blemish".
Keats was only 25 years old when he died of tuberculosis. But he had already achieved success as a poet and has never been out of the top ten most read poets since then.
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Lines 0-4. The speaker tells the sun that it isn't welcome in his room. He begs it not to rise, but it doesn't listen.