Back to the Old House

"‘Back To The Old House’ I wrote with my wife in mind."

- Johnny Marr

This was one of the first Marr pieces I learned to play, and it's one of my favorites.

A reader, Coxy, was nice enough to send in these scans of the transcription from Total Guitar magazine. I have also uploaded the mp3 backing tracks from the Total Guitar cd here.

You can compare them to the 2 Guitar Pro files that I have uploaded here(right click to save).

Here is the complete score from the "Louder Than Bombs:Off The Record" book:

Video-wise, we start off with eluedy's near-flawless version:

Another from slimjimuk10:

Here's ihgac's take:

Here's another great cover by marrzipan:

Nice version by macpips:


Anonymous said...

There was a full tab to this in Total Guitar magazine. Let me know if you want me to post this.

Fantastic site by the way

Thom said...

Yes, please do! I will give you full credit. Just scan it and send it to my email at:

Thanks for the comment!

Anonymous said...

hi im really struggling to get get just one little part of this bit of this. its about the bit of the second "too many memories" where on the videos people sneak up to the 7th fret?

i'm using a tab from ultimate guitar but theres no sign of this on this tab and can't get it to sound right.

what tab are they using?

Anonymous said...

I'll get the scanner out then

Anonymous said...

Scanned tab emailed to the guvnor

Anonymous said...

I have been trying to find this same issue, Total Guitar May 1995, for the U2 Pride tab. It isn't avaiable anywhere. Can you send me the Pride tab? I would be very greatful. If you find the time, please send it to Thanks.

Thom said...

Sorry to be blunt, but this is about the last place on earth you'll find U2 guitar tabs. Try ebay.

Anonymous said...

Hi Thom,
The link to the Back to the Old House CD mgp3 is not working. Can you kindly have it fixed?

Anonymous said...

The Back to the Old House mpg3 link is not working. Can you kindly have it fixed?

Clumsiloe said...

There's some pretty tasty work here. I note everyone is doing the Hatful version rather than the Bombs version which has a slightly different 'bridge' part.

For those of you who are wondering about the slide, is a C-shape chord but just on the A and D strings as I recall. And it's definitely on the record as you can hear the strings squeal when he does it. That particular slide is cool move it's used a lot in pop/rock.

Anonymous said...

Hey Thom, I've been using your site for awhile now and I just wanted to stop and say thank you. You've done a great job finding all this info and putting it up, it's super appreciated. Keep up the good work!

Thom said...

Thanks for the comment, anonymous!

Russ said...

Great site, thanks a lot

Unknown said...

Thank you for this site. I may be working on these songs for the rest of my life but it is well worth it. Thanks again.