Gaslight Mixtapes

Come On Up To The House

Words By: Roland Ellis | April 1st, 2015

Come On Up To The House

“All your cryin’ don’t do no good, come on up to the house. Come down off the cross we can use the wood, come on up to house.”

“There’s no light in the tunnel, no irons in the fire, come on up to the house. And you’re singin’ lead soprano in a junkman’s choir, you gotta come on up to the house.”

Tom Waits, “Come On Up To The House” (1999)

Listen:

Ludwig Van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 14 (Mvt. 1. Moonlight Sonata)

Written by Beethoven in 1801 and dedicated to his pupil, Countess Giulietta Guicciardi. Beethoven was a man of unparalleled musical genius who lived through great personal anguish. Resulting from this combination were songs and symphonies of unmatched emotional depth - the “Moonlight Sonata” being a prime example.

Blind Willie Johnson – Dark Was The Night (Cold Was the Ground)

Blind Willie wrote and recorded “Dark Was The Night” in 1927. This song was among 27 other music samples on the ‘Voyager Golden Record’, which was launched into space as part of Voyager 1 in 1977. The intention of the record was to represent a facet of the diversity of life on Earth.

Edith Piaf – La Vie En Rose

Piaf wrote this song in 1945, and Columbia Records released it as a single in 1947.

Ray Charles – Drown In My Own Tears

Released by Atlantic Records, 1956. Written by Henry Glover. Ray on a slow-groove tearjerker.

Edith Piaf – Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

Piaf had well and truly reached the twilight of her career and life by the time “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” was released in 1960, and if you go by the celebratory/circumspect sound of her voice, she knew it. For those amongst us who are able, in the last days, to look back and say ‘it was a life well lived’, this one’s for you.

Nina Simone – Brown Baby

First performed by Nina Simone as part of her Live At The Village Gate record in 1962. “Brown Baby” is a prime example of Simone’s ability to draw the listener into lament and introspection.

Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come

Released by RCA Victor, January 1964. Written by Sam Cooke. Not a dry eye in the house when you play this one. But on the flip side, if those who show up for your big day really listen to the lyrics they should also come away feeling optimistic about the future - win win.

Bob Dylan – Boots of Spanish Leather

Released by Columbia Records, January 1964. Written by Bob Dylan. More than worthy of its place in the Norton Anthology of Poetry beside works by the likes of William Blake, Dylan Thomas, Christina Rossetti.

Come On Up To The House Bob Dylan - circa 1962

Dave Van Ronk – He Was a Friend of Mine

“He Was A Friend Of Mine” is a traditional American folk song, the first known recording of which was made by John and Ruby Lomax in 1939. Can’t beat Van Ronk’s version though - heartfelt and really gets down to the pained essence of the lyric.

Son House – Death Letter Blues

Son House recorded this tune in early 1965 and it was released by Columbian Records. Many people have since covered “Death Letter”, but perhaps the most widely known version was recorded by The White Stripes for the album De Stijl (2000).


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