''The song itself is a tale of life gone wrong, with redemption in the end. It's an honest reflection of the tension of the time, which was actually very dark and moody, with a haunting melody that one never forgets.'' - Eric Burdon
''The opening chords captivate you from the very start. The guitar part is one that every kid wants to play. It's not blues, it's not folk. It's not even rock. It's its own thing. It's the mounting sexual tension of the song, which I changed the point of view from the female to the male. Even before The Animals did it, it was a song that struck me. I heard it in folk clubs in Newcastle, and then I heard Bob Dylan's version on his first album. There's a reason why it has resonated with so many people for so long.'' - Eric Burdon
''There are times when I think I'm tired of it, but then I hear those opening notes on the guitar. It's the one song that I have to perform every time, or I'd never make it out of the venue alive! ''House of the Rising Sun" is a song that I was just fated to. It was made for me and I was made for it.'' - Eric Burdon
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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