House of the Rising Sun

from by Davis Quinn

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Featuring additional verses from "Amazing Grace" and Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for Death."


Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me.
The carriage held but just ourselves
and immortality.

We paused before a house that seemed
a swelling on the ground.
The roof was scarcely visible,
the cornice but a mound.

There is a house in New Orleans
they call the Rising Sun,
and it's been the ruin of many a poor boy,
and Lord, for me, I'm one.

My mother was a tailor,
sewed my new bluejeans.
My father was a gambling man
down in New Orleans.

The only time I'd see him
is with a suitcase and a trunk.
The only time he's satisfied
is when he's on a drunk.

Go tell my brother,
"Don't you do like I've done, no, no!"
Tell him, "Shun that house in New Orleans
they call the Rising Sun."

Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
and grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed.

One foot on the platform,
the other on the train,
I'm going back to New Orleans
to wear that ball and chain.

Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come.
Twas grace that brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

Going back to New Orleans,
my race is nearly run.
Gonna spend my dying days
beneath the Rising Sun.

When I've been there ten thousand years
beneath the Rising Sun.
I've no more days to sing God's praise
than when I first begun.

Since then tis centuries yet each
feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses' heads
were toward eternity.

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I'm found,
was blind but now I see.


from Howlin' Spirits, track released November 16, 2015
Davis Quinn - vocal, acoustic guitar, electric rhythm and lead guitar, bass, effects




Davis Quinn Rock Hill, South Carolina

Davis Quinn is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and traditional folk enthusiast. He has been performing and recording for over twelve years and lives in South Carolina with his wife, Amy.

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