Tom Waits – Come On Up to the House (Chords)

Tom Waits – Come On Up to the House (Chords)

Scatter the nuns!

I spent most of my aestivation watching the second series of Orange is the New Black. And I was inspired by O’Neill’s delightful banjoleling to write up the chords for my favourite song of the series.

No, not Hey There De-bloody-lilah. But this gospel-inspired Tom Waits song. It has a strong call and response feel to it. Made explicit in Sarah Jarosz’s version. It would be an effective way of playing it in a uke group with the lead singing the the calls and the groups the, “Come on up to the house,” responses.

Since you’re busting out a capo, you can put it on the third fret and make things a bit easier for yourself by using these chords:

Come On Up to the House (Chords in C)

Suggested Strumming

A dead simple main strum of:

d – d u

Intro/Solo: Once for each chord.

Verse: Once for each chord except: twice for each chord on the first ‘come on up…’ and twice on the last chord of each verse.

Chorus/Outro: Six times on the D, twice on the Bm. Then it’s just the same as the last half of the verses.


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  1. RonVa July 16th, 2014 5:24 am

    First time I have heard this song. Love it. I really like the old time gospel call and response theme. Good pick, Al.

  2. Woodshed July 16th, 2014 11:18 am

    RonVa: Glad you enjoyed it! It’s a great song.

  3. Krabbers July 16th, 2014 12:31 pm

    Hey Al. Great show. So many great tunes used in it. Binged watched season 2. Love it. We have been playing this one at unplugthewood.

  4. Lillian July 16th, 2014 4:53 pm

    Thanks, Woodshed! I love this song, especially Sarah Jarosz’s version. (Got to see her close out a set with this at Bonnaroo). Somehow I totally missed it on OITNB, though.

  5. Conor July 16th, 2014 4:55 pm

    The video reminded me of viharts sharpie song

    That is until I watched it again.

    I haven’t seen orange is the new black, but I know it has a song by Andrew Bird in it that I quite like called Pulaski at Night.

  6. Woodshed July 17th, 2014 7:12 am

    Krabbers: That’s great! I bet it goes over really well.

    Lillian: She’s great. I’m slightly jealous!

    Conor: Cool video! Even if I don’t see the resemblance!

  7. Lee July 18th, 2014 10:24 pm

    Al, this is an absolutely raspy YouTube video, suggestions are great, and the chords are more than fine (sorry, but I need to use a capo on the 3rd fret for now). I’ve got my harp rack and uke, and I’ll head out soon to busk with this tune. Thanks!

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