Post by RHDraney Post by Harrison Hill
"The House of the Rising Sun" is a traditional folk song, sometimes
called "Rising Sun Blues".... As a traditional folk song recorded by
an electric rock band, it has been described as the "first folk rock
The Rolling Stones...In 1964...recorded "Little Red Rooster"...Their
rendition..became a number one record in the UK and continues
to be the only blues song to reach the top of the British chart.
...are inconsistent. Why would one be "blues" and the other "folk
And what are we to make of "In The Pines" (aka "Where Did You Sleep
Last Night?" aaka "Black Girl") as recorded that same year by The Four
Bluegrass inventor Bill Munroe and bluesman Leadbelly recorded In the
Pines in the 1940s and '50s, but
I think it's likely an Appalachian song from well before that. I
noticed it when the American character
in the Netflix series Ripper Street sang it as a lullaby. The first
season of the series was set in 1889.
It could have been an anachronism, but Ripper Street was usually
careful with its timelines.
All kinds of people have recorded it since Munro and Leadbelly, Kurt
Cobain among them.
It can be a gentle lullaby or quite a threatening song sung by a
jealous lover or father.