Introducing: The Theology Jukebox

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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.

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Sarah Flynn
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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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Kelly Parker
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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.

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