I Hear You Paint Houses

Album: Sinematic (2019)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Robbie Robertson worked on his Sinematic album at the same time as he was writing the score for the gangster movie The Irishman. "I Hear You Paint Houses" is the name of the book that the film was based on. The work is titled after a phrase that mobsters use when hiring a hit man – to paint houses is the splattering of blood.
  • The song is a duet with Robertson's friend Van Morrison. He told Uncut magazine how he hooked up with the Irish singer:

    "Van Morrison was in Los Angeles, and we usually get together when he's in town; he's a dear old friend. I went back to my studio and played the song for him. Then next thing I knew, he had a microphone in front of him, I showed him the words. He just nodded and said, 'alright. Let's go!' So we sang a duet. It was a fun, instant crazy collaboration."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Ramones

RamonesFact or Fiction

A band so baffling, even their names were contrived. Check your score in the Ramones version of Fact or Fiction.

Jon Anderson

Jon AndersonSongwriter Interviews

Jon Anderson breaks down the Yes classic "Seen All Good People" and talks about his 1000 Hands album, which features Chick Corea, Rick Derringer, Ian Anderson, and many other luminaries.

Mike Campbell

Mike CampbellSongwriter Interviews

Mike is lead guitarist with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and co-writer of classic songs like "Boys Of Summer," "Refugee" and "The Heart Of The Matter."

Taylor Dayne

Taylor DayneSongwriter Interviews

Taylor talks about "The Machine" - the hits, the videos and Clive Davis.

Jules Shear - "All Through The Night"

Jules Shear - "All Through The Night"They're Playing My Song

Shears does very little promotion, which has kept him secluded from the spotlight. What changed when Cyndi Lauper had a hit with his song? Not much, really.

Alan Merrill of The Arrows

Alan Merrill of The ArrowsSongwriter Interviews

In her days with The Runaways, Joan Jett saw The Arrows perform "I Love Rock And Roll," which Alan Merrill co-wrote - that story and much more from this glam rock pioneer.