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Intro: Am  C  D  F  Am  E  Am  E

xA|------0---------3---------0---------0---|
xE|-----0-0-------0-0-------2-2-------1-1--|
xC|----0---0-----0---0-----2---2-----0---0-|
xG|-2---------0---------2---------2--------|

xA|------0---------2---------0---------2---|
xE|-----0-0-------0-0-------0-0-------0-0--|
xC|----0---0-----2---2-----0---0-----2---2-|
xG|-2---------1---------2---------1--------|

      Am   C        D           F
There is a house in New Orleans
     Am       C      E   E
They call the Risin' Sun
         Am       C       D           F
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy.
    Am     E        Am
And God, I know I'm one.

Interlude: C  D  F  Am  E  Am  E

   Am     C     D           F
My mother was a tailor.
    Am       C        E     E
She sewed my new blue jeans.
   Am     C     D        F
My father was a gamblin' man
Am      E      Am
Down in New Or-leans.

Interlude: C  D  F  Am  E  Am  E

         Am   C       D       F
Now, the only thing a gambler needs
     Am       C     E     E
Is a suitcase and a trunk
        Am   C         D          F
And the only time that he's satis-fied
   Am        E    Am
Is when he's on a drunk

Interlude: C  D  F  Am  E  Am  E

Organ Solo - For about 12- 16 bars -

    Am     C          D        F
Oh, Mother, tell your children
       Am      C      E     E
Not to do what I have done.
Am         C        D          F
Spend your lives in sin and misery
       Am           E      Am
In the house of the risin' sun.

Interlude: C  D  F  Am  E  Am  E

Am         C       D               F
Well, I've got one foot on the platform.
    Am    C           E     E
the other foot on the train.
    Am    C       D           F
I'm goin' back to New Orleans
   Am        E        Am
To wear that ball and chain.

Interlude: C  D  F  Am  E  Am  E

            Am   C        D           F
Well, there is a house in New Orleans
     Am       C      E     E
They call the Risin' Sun
         Am       C       D           F
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy.
    Am     E        Am
And God, I know I'm one.

Outro:
C  D  F  Am  E  
Am  D  Am  D  Am D - fade out with Am and D  -  
  
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21 Comments

  1. My favourite so far. Thank you for adding this.

  2. I found E7 works better instead of E

  3. Em sounds pretty okay

  4. I find the E7 and D7 are easier and still sound great! I’ll try the Dm too!

  5. Adrian6616

    @ I NEED HELP: you read left to right, It didn’t make sense to me at first, also the numbers signify the fret you put your finger on (for instance 3, you out your finger on the third fret, easy, right?) and then the letters on the sides, signify the strings, If you want practice on reading the finger picking tabs, go to: SEVEN NATION ARMY – by white stripes…(its a fairly easy song to fingerpick)

  6. SarahSabbath

    I use Em instead of E or E7, it’s easier to switch to and sounds OK to me! ^_^

  7. I don’t understand how to play this…

    xA|-0—-0—–3—-3—–0—-0—–0—-0—-|
    xE|—0—-0—–0—-0—–2—-2—–1—-1–|
    xC|—-0—-0—–0—-0—–2—-2—–0—-0-|
    xG|-2—-2—–0—-0—–2—-2—–2—-2—-|

    xA|-0—-0—–2—-2—–0—-0—–2—-2—-|
    xE|—0—-0—–0—-0—–0—-0—–0—-0–|
    xC|—-0—-0—–2—-2—–0—-0—–2—-2-|
    xG|-2—-2—–1—-1—–2—-2—–1—-1—-|

    • Levi Elias

      Play the ones that are basically on top of each other at the same time and then pick the others in the order they come in from left to right

  8. Jordan gadsby

    I enjoy playing these sort of songs but the the c to e sounds wrong but otherwise it’s a really good song

  9. Tropicana

    I like playing it like this as well.

    xA|-0—-0—–3—-3—–0—-0—–0—-0—-|
    xE|—0—-0—–0—-0—–2—-2—–1—-1–|
    xC|—-0—-0—–0—-0—–2—-2—–0—-0-|
    xG|-2—-2—–0—-0—–2—-2—–2—-2—-|

    xA|-0—-0—–2—-2—–0—-0—–2—-2—-|
    xE|—0—-0—–0—-0—–0—-0—–0—-0–|
    xC|—-0—-0—–2—-2—–0—-0—–2—-2-|
    xG|-2—-2—–1—-1—–2—-2—–1—-1—-|

  10. You can also play it a bit easier transposed 5 half steps down.

  11. I think it sounds best when playing
    Dm F G Bb
    Dm F A7
    Dm F G Bb
    Dm A7
    Dm F G Bb
    Dm A7 Dm A7

  12. In the fourth lines there should be another E7 after the AM though.

  13. thank you! I’m really amazed with this song :)

  14. E7 is correct. Just look at the picking intro. It has the chord progression right in it and it even has the E7 chord instead of an E.

  15. I like using E7 instead of E, sounds better. Great song.

  16. Great site, just starting with the Uke but can manage easily the tabs on this number. Brilliant for a beginner

  17. Simon George

    i really dig this site and love the idea of playing house of the rising sun on the ukulele. blogs like this have made growth as a musician possible. nice post keep up the hard work.

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