Introducing: The Theology Jukebox

Giving something a try tonight. Below is a video of Tom Waits signing his song Come On Up to the House (lyrics). I heard it last week at the Bluegrass Mass at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland. I don’t know what I make of the theology of the song, but I love the line: Come down off the cross, we can use the wood. And it isn’t every songwriter who can gracefully work a quote from Thomas Hobbes into his work.


Anyway, listen to the song, and tell us what you think about it in the comments. THEN, send an email to feedback@episcopalcafe.com suggesting a popular song that you’d like to nominate for us to feature next Monday night. Tell us what moves you about the work from a theological or spiritual point of view, and we will publish your comments along with a link to a performance of the song. If this catches on, we’ll do it every week.

Category : The Lead

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2 Comments
  1. Kelly Parker

    I love this idea. My wife is suggesting Arlo Guthrie’s version of Last Train to Glory, especially the video with the Boston Pops.

  2. Sarah Flynn

    “In my Father’s house…” is the reference, I assume. Or it could be a reference to the singer’s house where all are welcome even tho he has no permanent home here. Does a future hope make reconciliation easier? I hope so, even tho few people embrace that anymore.

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