This traditional folk song is sometimes called Rising Sun Blues. It dates from the 17th century and has some resemblance to the 16th century ballad The Unfortunate Rake. The Rising Sun Blues was first recorded in 1933 by Tom Clarence Ashley & Gwen Foster. Since then it has been recorded by Leadbelly, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Nina Simone among others. The Animals recorded the song in 1964. It was released as a single with Talkin’ ‘bout You on the B-side. The single went to number one on the UK Singles chart and the Billboard chart. John Lennon sang the song during the rehearsals for Shindig in 1964.The Beatles played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. It influenced their 1969 song I Want You (She’s So Heavy) from the album Abbey Road. The song also influenced part of the lyrics to John Lennon’s 1970 song Mother.
Now Hear This : I Want You (She’s So Heavy) – The Beatles (1969)
Mother – John Lennon (1970)