Madame le Soleil-Levant by Guillaume Tucker
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This song "Madame le Soleil-Levant" is my French translation of "The House of the Rising Sun". It is still unclear what the original meaning of that song is. However it's likely to be telling a story that took place in what is now known as the "French Quarter" in New Orleans at a time when there were mainly French speakers in this area, which is why I thought it would be interesting to translate it.