Home on the Strange

This piece, put together spontaneously towards the end of the production process for My Favorite Headache, takes a look at a guy Geddy used to work with that, although a bit of an eccentric (“He sleeps with a chainsaw”), has a place in the colorful parade of people that makes up our world. Lyrically, it takes the shape of a tall tale; musically, it’s straight-ahead rock, although at the point at which Geddy sings “He likes to work with his hands,” the melody is reminiscent of Billy Crystal’s “Get out of my dreams / Get into my car.”—Rob Freedman, Rush Vault

“‘Home on the Strange’ was the last piece written for the record. We had been working really hard on all these other songs, slaving over details, and we wanted to do something where we wouldn’t slave at all over details. So, it was pretty well recorded live: Jeremy [Taggert] and I, bass and drums, then Ben [Mink] threw some guitars on, and that was it—what I think is a real fun, spontaneous deal.”—Geddy in the video press release for the album

“The metallic ‘Home on the Strange,’ possibly the heaviest song on the record . . . could have been lifted from Rush’s Vapor Trails, only with much better production.”—Raff on Prog Archives

“‘Home on the Strange’ is . . . well . . . strange. But in a good way. . . . This song is likely in place simply to lighten up the album before the very emotional segments begin.”—King By-Tor on Prog Archives

“The lyrics are amusing enough . . . . Lee insists that the words describe a very eccentric individual, but that we should recognize that our world is made up of many eccentric individuals, so we should not isolate them just because they are, well, weird. Compared to everything that came before and after, the music is really off-kilter, and the bridge is repetitive.”—Epignosis on Prog Archives

Lyrics

He sleeps with a chain saw
Got eyes like an outlaw
He takes a two-smoke walk
He don’t like to talk

And he don’t like change
And he don’t like change
You may think he’s deranged
But he’d rather be home
Home . . . home on the strange

He’s a Canadian icon
He sleeps with his clothes on
He likes to work with his hands
He’s an apolitical man

And he don’t like change
And he don’t like change
You may think he’s deranged
But he’d rather be home
Home . . . home on the strange

One in a lifetime
One in a world
One in a lifetime
One in a world
One in a lifetime
One in a world

He sleeps with a chainsaw
He sings fa fa fa fa fa
He likes to work with his hands
He’s an apolitical man

And he don’t like change
And he don’t like change
You may think he’s deranged
But he’d rather be home
Home . . . home on the strange

And he don’t like change
And he don’t like change
You may think he’s deranged
But he’d rather be home
Home . . . home on the strange

Tablature

By Sean Jones (seanj2112@earthlink.net)

Excerpted from Ultimate Guitar.

Many of these notes are muted with the left hand by lifting up slightly off the fretboard. I haven’t yet notated that. Also, there are two spots that have two lines of tab. Geddy overdubbed an extra bass at this point an octave below the main part.

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||——————————-|————————-0H5P0—-|-|

||*-4:——-0H5H7——-0H5H7—|——-0H5H7——-0H5H7——-7-*|-|

||*-4:-0H5H7——-0H5H7——-0-|-0H5H7——-0H5H7—————*|-|

||——————————-|———————————-|-|

e s s e s s s s s e s s s s s s s e e e s e s s s s s s s s s s

|—————————|————————-|—————–|

|——-4-4-4—————|————————-|———4-4-4—|

|-5-5-5——-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-3-5-5-5-3-5————-|-5-5-5-5———|

|—————————|————-5-5-5-5-5-5-|—————–|

s s s s e s s s s s s s s s s s s s s e s s s e e e s s E s s s

—————–|——————————-||—————r—–|

-0-5H7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7H9-9-0-5-5-5-5-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-||—–7-7-7—–e—–|

—————–|——————————-||-5-5——-3-3-s-3—|

—————–|——————————-||—————t—–|

s s e s s e e e s e s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s

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—–|———————–|———4-4-4-4-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7H9—|

-3-3-|-5-5-5-3-5————-|-5-5-5-5————————-|——-|

—–|———–5-5-5-5-5-5-|———————————|——-|

s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s

———————r——-|————————-r——-|——-|

-9-9-5-5-5-5-5H7-7-7-e-7-7-7-|———4-4-4-4———e——-|——-|

———————s——-|-5-5-5-5———3-3-3-3-s-3-3-3-|-5-5—|

———————t——-|————————-t——-|——-|

s s e e s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s e s s s s s s s e

—————–r——-|——————————-|————-|

—————–e——-|———4-4-4-4-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-9-9-9-9-10–|

-5-5-3-5———s——-|-5-5-5-5———————–|————-|

———5-5-5-5-t-5-5-5-|——————————-|————-|

e s s s s s s s s q s s s s s s s s s s s s w s s s s s s

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-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|———–2-2-2-2-5-5—–|—||*-10-10-8-8-10-10–|

——————-|-3-3-3-3-3—————–|—||*——————|

——————-|———————–3-3-|-5-||——————-|

s e s s s s s s s 4x s s s s s s s e s s s s s s s s s s s

——8–8–8–8–8–8–8—||———–r——————-|———–|

-8-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-*||-7-7-5-5-7-e-5-7-7-5-5-5-5-5-5-|-7-7-5-5—|

—————————*||———–s——————-|———–|

—————————-||———–t——————-|———–|

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—————————-||——————————-|-5-5-3-3—|

s s s e s s s s s s s e s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s h

—r——————-|—————r—————|—————–|

-7-e-5-7-7-5-5-5-5-5-5-|—————e—————|-5:————–|

—s——————-|-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-s-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|-4:-6H8-8-8-8\—|

—t——————-|—————t—————|—————–|

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—r——————-|——————————-|—————–|

—e——————-|——————————-|-5:————–|

—s——————-|——————————-|-4:————–|

-5-t-3-5-5-3-3-3-3-3-3-|——————————-|—————–|

h E s e s s s s s e s s s s s s s e e s s s e s s s E s e

-r-||—————————-|—————————|———-|

-e-||-4:—–4-4-4—————|—————————|—–4—-|

-s-||-4:-5-5——-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-3-5-5-5-3-5—————|-5-5——|

-t-||—————————-|————-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|———-|

s s s s s e s s s s s s s e e s s s e s s s s s s s s s s s s s

——————-|—————————|————————|

-4-4—————|—————————|———4-4-4-4-7-7—-|

—–3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-5-5-5-5-3-5—————|-5-5-5-5—————-|

——————-|————-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|————————|

s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s e s s e s s s s s s

————-|————————-r——-|————————|

-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7H9-9-9-5-5-5-5-5h7-7-7-e-7-7-7-|——-4-4-4————|

————-|————————-s——-|-5-5-5——-3-3-3-3—-|

————-|————————-t——-|————————|

s s s s s s s s e e s s s e s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s

-r——-|—————————|———————————-|

-e——-|—————————|———4-4-4-4-5H7-7-7-7-7-7—-|

-s-3-3-3-|-5-5-5-5-3-5—————|-5-5-5-5————————–|

-t——-|————-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|———————————-|

For complete tab, go to Ultimate Guitar.

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