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Cleaning Windows by Van Morrison

Album: Beautiful VisionReleased: 1982
  • Morrison worked as a window cleaner in the early '60s before his musical career took off. This song reflects the happy memories he had of those times. (thanks, Dave - Toledo, OH)
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Comments: 6

James - that's what its gotta be.Emmett - St. Louis, Mo
Leadbelly, Blind Lemon, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGee, Muddy Waters, Kerouac. Van loves to name check all the people that influenced him.
I am so glad Leadbelly (Hudie Ledbetter) was recorded, because he greatly influenced Van into music even though he'd be just as happy cleaning windows!
Bill - Pensacola, Fl
Great house cleaning songLalah - Wasilla, Ak
dont let it slide, someone up on top with the "v"? - are these references to some tools used in the window cleaning trade?

I love how it goes into details about cleaning windows. Also - they collect and then clean the fan light inside out, i presume just as a favor being simple hardworking laborers.
James - Jacksonville, Fl
I love Van the Man's music, but everything I've every read about him -- including a biography of a couple of years ago -- points to him being a really miserable person. One music industry person went so far as to say in the biography that he needs professional help. He does seem to be able to find beauty and joy in music, however, and this song is one of his upbeat, fun songs.Kevin - Reading , Pa
Love this song, upbeat feel, upbeat sentiments. And a grand chorus to sing along to!Keir - Aberystwyth, Wales