House Of Clocks

Album: Down in the Cellar (2000)
Play Video


  • This is another acoustic number from this concept album, and the one that has the most tentative connection with its subject matter – wine. "House Of Clocks" has a particularly beautiful melody even for an Al Stewart song, although it began life as "a total Dire Straits tune" like "Sultans Of Swing." It was very upbeat, he said, and "I kept running into the same problem with it," in particular there were so many guitar notes that he didn't have anywhere to put the words. Then someone at his record company, Miramar, suggested he record an acoustic version. After basically halving the number of notes, the finished product was something entirely different.
  • Stewart said the inspiration for the song was or may have been his Victorian grandfather clock in England which he has been trying to ship to the States for the past ten years.
  • Like the rest of the album, "House Of Clocks" was produced by his regular collaborator Laurence Juber. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 3


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Linda Perry

Linda PerrySongwriter Interviews

Songwriting Hall of Famer Linda Perry talks about her songs "What's Up" and "Beautiful," her songwriting process, and her move into film music.

Jay, Peaches, Spinderella and other Darrining Victims

Jay, Peaches, Spinderella and other Darrining VictimsSong Writing

Just like Darrin was replaced on Bewitched, groups have swapped out original members, hoping we wouldn't notice.


MelanieSongwriter Interviews

The singer-songwriter Melanie talks about her spiritual awakening at Woodstock, "Brand New Key," and why songwriting is an art, not a craft.

Movie Stars In Music Videos

Movie Stars In Music VideosSong Writing

Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Mila Kunis and John Malkovich are just a few of the film stars who have moonlighted in music videos.

Richard Marx

Richard MarxSongwriter Interviews

Richard explains how Joe Walsh kickstarted his career, and why he chose Hazard, Nebraska for a hit.

Paul Williams

Paul WilliamsSongwriter Interviews

He's a singer and an actor, but as a songwriter Paul helped make Kermit a cultured frog, turned a bank commercial into a huge hit and made love both "exciting and new" and "soft as an easy chair."