The Dirty Liturgy of Tom Waits

Believe it or not, I heard this song at church today. If you’re not hip to it – just as I wasn’t hip to it mere hours ago – this is a song called “Come On Up To the House” by Tom Waits. It is nice to know that there are churches who embrace songs of suffering and liberation regardless of their source, because this is not a song that you’re likely to find in a standard hymnal. Tom Waits clearly has an interesting relationship with religion.

As an added bonus, the concept and delivery of this music video by Anders Lovgren is really neat. We could burn all the books and the truth would still be written on us and written with our actions. This song makes me want to welcome people into my house, regardless of whether or not they wipe the mud off their boots before they come in.

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