Background Info: House Of The Risin' Sun
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House Of The Risin' Sun (Background Info)
- From No Direction Home, by Robert Shelton; pg. 122:
- Alan Lomax first recorded what he called a "modern Southern
white song" in 1937 in Middlesborough, Kentucky. Lomax traced it
to some other older bawdy English songs, the melody with the
classic "Little Musgrave And Lady Barnard" ("Child Ballad 81") and
its American variant, "Little Mathy Groves." This lament of a
woman dragged into prostitution has been recorded by Josh, Gooding,
Guthrie, Seeger, and others. At this time [recording of
Bob Dylan], Carolyn Hester was singing a highly dramatic
version, while Van Ronk had a roughhewn, laconic interpretation.
Dylan said: "I always knew this song, but never really knew it
until Dave van Ronk sang it."