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Tom Waits — Come On Up To The House
Album: Mule Variations
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6.2

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Total ratings: 395








Released: 1999
Length: 4:33
Plays (last 30 days): 3
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started with 9 but an easy 10 for me after repeat listening. 

More importantly, this song introduced me to Mule Variations. What an album that is. 
Lyrics:

Well, the moon is broken and the sky is cracked
Come on up to the house
The only things that you can see is all that you lack
Come on up to the house

All your crying don't do no good
Come on up to the house
Come down off the cross, we can use the wood
You gotta come on up to the house

Come on up to the house
Come on up to the house
The world is not my home
I'm just a-passing through
You got to come on up to the house

There's no light in the tunnel, no irons in the fire
Come on up to the house
And you're singing lead soprano in a junkman's choir
You got to come on up to the house

Does life seem nasty, brutish and short
Come on up to the house
The seas are stormy and you can't find no port
Got to come on up to the house, yeah

You gotta come on up to the house
Come on up to the house
The world is not my home I'm just a-passing through
You got to come on up to the house, yeah

You gotta come on up to the house
Come on up to the house
The world is not my home
I'm just a-passing through
You got to come on up to the house

There's nothing in the world that you can do
You gotta come on up to the house
And you been whipped by the forces that are inside you
Gotta come on up to the house

Well, you're high on top of your mountain of woe
Gotta come on up to the house
Well, you know you should surrender, but you can't let it go
You gotta come on up to the house, yeah

Gotta come on up to the house
Gotta come on up to the house
The world is not my home I'm just a-passing through
You gotta come on up to the house

Gotta come on up to the house
You gotta come on up to the house
Yeah yeah yeah
"Come down from the cross, we can use the wood"  is the kind of lyrical craftsmanship you won't get just anywhere.
Nope. Just can't get into this guy.
Anything Tom Waits has ever done starts at an easy 8, to my ears...
 philonair wrote:



To all your haters. You seem not to know much about music at all! This song is great, as the whole album is! Starting with an 8 on this!  





I just gave it a 10 to screw all the ignorant haters.
Lots of low ratings, a huge pile of 1s, and still averaging 6.1. That says something!
 dw wrote:

Just gave it a 1 because there is no Zero!




To all your haters. You seem not to know much about music at all! This song is great, as the whole album is! Starting with an 8 on this!  



i think he may want you to come on up to the house. 
 ajlept wrote:

And doing John Belushi doing Joe Cocker.
 
ziakut wrote:
Wonder if he's wearing clown makeup while singing this.

Haha, the best comments of the night ... 
Someone bring him some cough syrup please ! ^^
This was one of the 'Gong Show's' finest prodigies. Where's my mallet, baby! S M A S H ! I seriously don't think that this could have been any worse if he tried.
 ziakut wrote:
Wonder if he's wearing clown makeup while singing this.
 
And doing John Belushi doing Joe Cocker.
Dang, Tom Waits is always so disturbing.  I wouldn't exactly have him sing at my wedding.  Or my funeral for that matter.
Oh dear,Oh dear,Oh dear,Oh dear,Oh dear,Oh dear,Oh dear,Oh dear,Oh dear,
Who in gods name ever signed this guy? Beethoven?
Wow, this is really good!
 Stratocaster wrote:

Thank GOODNESS for the new "Play Something Different" !!
 

I didn't know about the PSD button until you mentioned it!  Its BRILLIANT! Thanks Stratocaster...
 stratzippy wrote:
Come down off the cross We can use the wood

 
My favorite line too, and love the delivery.
Just gave it a 1 because there is no Zero!
 Stratocaster wrote:
Love early Tom Waits (Closing Time is a masterpiece).  But to me, this is almost unlistenable.  Almost made me hit the mute button.  How many times does he say "you gotta come on up to the house"?  200?
 
Thank GOODNESS for the new "Play Something Different" !!
One of the few discs from the 90's I still listen to, but for the Covenant unbelievers in the crowd............try "Bad as Me".

PS Thanks Fred, I hadn't thought of Wallace and Grommit until you mentioned Stinking Bishop cheese.
Wonder if he's wearing clown makeup while singing this.
What an amazing Voice! Don't you wish you could answer the phone like that? =) I would love to go out and buy a Tom Waits & Bob Dylan album some time in the near future, non?

Tom Waits is one of the greatest, come on (up to the house)!


'Kinell - that hurt! Ol' gravel voice's tones are an acquired taste, right enough, but his singing on this is rougher than a scabby dog's arse, and that's rough. I could 'enjoy' this song in the same way as I could 'enjoy' Stinking Bishop. Tom Waits is a brilliant street poet and I've enormous respect for him and his work, but he's hardly SingalongaTom, that's for sure. Could you imagine doing Tom Waits on karaoke?

He needs to go to the doctor and see about that raspy voice. I keep wanting to make him cough...
Come down off the cross We can use the wood

Love early Tom Waits (Closing Time is a masterpiece).  But to me, this is almost unlistenable.  Almost made me hit the mute button.  How many times does he say "you gotta come on up to the house"?  200?
Yeaaaah, Tom Waits!!!
 Byronape wrote:
I think Tom must be smoking the "Chain Saw" brand smokes...  sounds like he swallowed an angry midget.

That being said, I like Tom Waits.

I'd love to see a coleberation between Tom Waits and Nick Cave.  It would have to be called Mutilations. 

 
Angry midget or angry troll... I'm undecided.

 aaronm wrote:
Tom has made his position quite clear on whether one should, in fact, come on up to the house.
 
He does seem to have a preference for one to come up to that house... as opposed to.. not.. come up to the house.


I think Tom must be smoking the "Chain Saw" brand smokes...  sounds like he swallowed an angry midget.

That being said, I like Tom Waits.

I'd love to see a coleberation between Tom Waits and Nick Cave.  It would have to be called Mutilations. 

Tom has made his position quite clear on whether one should, in fact, come on up to the house.
Will someone please put that dying mule out of its misery?

Very very good song !!! : :) I love Tom Waits !!!!!!!!!!
Just tears my heart out. More Tom!