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{{Discobox
 
{{Discobox
 
| Name = William, It Was Really Nothing
 
| Name = William, It Was Really Nothing
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| Producer = [[John Porter]]
 
| Producer = [[John Porter]]
 
| Mastered =  
 
| Mastered =  
| Art = A.D.S. speakers advert / [[Billie Whitelaw]]
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| Art = Cover star: A.D.S. speakers advert / [[Billie Whitelaw]] in "[[Charlie Bubbles]]" (1968) / [[Colin Campbell]] in "[[The Leather Boys]]" (1964)
 
| Vinyl Etching = THE IMPOTENCE OF ERNEST<br>ROMANTIC AND SQUARE IS HIP AND AWARE<br>THE IMPOTENCE OF ERNEST (Alt 7" A-side)<br>WE HATES BAD GRAMMER (Alt 7" B-side)<br>THE IMPOTENCE OF ERNEST (Alt 12" A-side)<br>ROMANTIC AND [ ] IS HIP N'AWARE (Alt 12" B-side)
 
| Vinyl Etching = THE IMPOTENCE OF ERNEST<br>ROMANTIC AND SQUARE IS HIP AND AWARE<br>THE IMPOTENCE OF ERNEST (Alt 7" A-side)<br>WE HATES BAD GRAMMER (Alt 7" B-side)<br>THE IMPOTENCE OF ERNEST (Alt 12" A-side)<br>ROMANTIC AND [ ] IS HIP N'AWARE (Alt 12" B-side)
 
| Publisher = [[Rough Trade Records]] (UK)<br>[[Sire Records]] (US)
 
| Publisher = [[Rough Trade Records]] (UK)<br>[[Sire Records]] (US)
 
| Format =  7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl, CD
 
| Format =  7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl, CD
 
| Release = 24 August 1984
 
| Release = 24 August 1984
| Chart = UK #   
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| Chart = UK #17  
 
| Type = Single
 
| Type = Single
 
| ArtistType = The Smiths
 
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| NextLink = How Soon Is Now? (single)
 
| NextLink = How Soon Is Now? (single)
 
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[[Category:The Smiths Lyrics]]
  
 
==Information==
 
==Information==
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The Italian 12" release includes a different version of "How Soon Is Now? [https://www.discogs.com/The-Smiths-William-It-Was-Really-Nothing/release/1440461 Info from Discogs]:
  
===Recording===
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Mispressed edition featuring a different version of "How Soon Is Now", with additional vocal harmonies from Morrissey. The song is very different at the end when it comes to an abrupt close with Morrissey saying "OK?". The music then fades back in again.
===Release===
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</pre>
  
 
==Track list==
 
==Track list==
 
 
===7" Vinyl===
 
===7" Vinyl===
UK - []<br>
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UK - [Rough Trade RT 166]
US - []
 
  
 
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| 01 = William, It Was Really Nothing
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| 01link = William, It Was Really Nothing (single)
| 01-duration = : (Morrissey/[[Johnny Marr|Marr]])
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| 01-duration = 2:09 (Morrissey/Marr)
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| 02 = Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
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| 02link = Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
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| 02-duration = 1:50 (Morrissey/Marr)
 
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===12" Vinyl===
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===12" Vinyl / CD===
UK - []<br>
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UK - [Rough Trade RTT 166 / RTT 166CD]
US - []  
 
  
 
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| 01-duration = 2:09 (Morrissey/Marr)
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| 02link = How Soon Is Now? (single)
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| 02-duration = 6:43 (Morrissey/Marr)
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| 03link = Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
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| 03-duration = 1:50 (Morrissey/Marr)
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===CD Single===
 
UK - []
 
 
 
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| 02 =
 
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| 02-duration = : (Morrissey/Marr)
 
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The rain falls hard on a humdrum town
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This town has dragged you down
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Oh, the rain falls hard on a humdrum town
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This town has dragged you down
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Oh, no, and everybody's got to live their life
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And God knows I've got to live mine
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God knows I've got to live mine
  
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William, William it was really nothing
 
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William, William it was really nothing
==Personnel==
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It was your life...
  
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How can you stay with a fat girl who'll say:
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"Oh! Would you like to marry me?
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"And if you like you can buy the ring"
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She doesn't care about anything
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Would you like to marry me?
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And if you like you can buy the ring
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I don't dream about anyone - except myself!
  
== Sleeve Artwork ==
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Oh, William, William it was really nothing
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William, William
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==Music Video==
 
==Music Video==
[[Video:William It Was Really Nothing (TOTP, 30 Aug 1984)|640px]]
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<youtube>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDcRCAg2xsw</youtube>
  
 
===Credits===
 
===Credits===
*Performed On [[Top Of The Pops]], BBC, 30 Aug 1984
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*Performed On [[Top Of The Pops]], BBC, 30 Aug 198
  
==Live History==
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==Appears On==
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== Related Items ==
 
 
 
 
 
== References ==
 

Latest revision as of 05:59, 26 September 2021

Cover art
12" vinyl repress cover art
CD single cover art
THE SMITHS Single
Name William, It Was Really Nothing
Release 24 August 1984
Length 2:09
Recorded
Writer/composer Morrissey/Marr
Producer John Porter
Art work Cover star: A.D.S. speakers advert / Billie Whitelaw in "Charlie Bubbles" (1968) / Colin Campbell in "The Leather Boys" (1964)
Vinyl Etching THE IMPOTENCE OF ERNEST
ROMANTIC AND SQUARE IS HIP AND AWARE
THE IMPOTENCE OF ERNEST (Alt 7" A-side)
WE HATES BAD GRAMMER (Alt 7" B-side)
THE IMPOTENCE OF ERNEST (Alt 12" A-side)
ROMANTIC AND [ ] IS HIP N'AWARE (Alt 12" B-side)
Publisher Rough Trade Records (UK)
Sire Records (US)
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl, CD
Chart position UK #17
Single chronology
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
William, It Was Really Nothing
How Soon Is Now?

Information

The Italian 12" release includes a different version of "How Soon Is Now? Info from Discogs:

Mispressed edition featuring a different version of "How Soon Is Now", with additional vocal harmonies from Morrissey. The song is very different at the end when it comes to an abrupt close with Morrissey saying "OK?". The music then fades back in again.

Track list

7" Vinyl

UK - [Rough Trade RT 166]

  1. William, It Was Really Nothing – 2:09 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want – 1:50 (Morrissey/Marr)

12" Vinyl / CD

UK - [Rough Trade RTT 166 / RTT 166CD]

  1. William, It Was Really Nothing – 2:09 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. How Soon Is Now? – 6:43 (Morrissey/Marr)
  3. Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want – 1:50 (Morrissey/Marr)

Lyrics

The rain falls hard on a humdrum town This town has dragged you down Oh, the rain falls hard on a humdrum town This town has dragged you down Oh, no, and everybody's got to live their life And God knows I've got to live mine God knows I've got to live mine

William, William it was really nothing William, William it was really nothing It was your life...

How can you stay with a fat girl who'll say: "Oh! Would you like to marry me? "And if you like you can buy the ring" She doesn't care about anything Would you like to marry me? And if you like you can buy the ring I don't dream about anyone - except myself!

Oh, William, William it was really nothing William, William

Music Video

Credits

Live History

Play count (The Smiths concert): 75

The Smiths live history:

... further results


Play count (Morrissey concert): 34

Morrissey live history:

... further results


Appears On



Discogs Information

Credits

  • Artwork [Sleeve By] - Morrissey
  • Bass - Andy Rourke
  • Drums - Mike Joyce
  • Engineer - Mark Wallis
  • Guitar, Mandolin - Johnny Marr
  • Layout - Caryn Gough
  • Other [Special Thanks To] - Stephen Street
  • Producer - John Porter
  • Voice - Morrissey
  • Written-By [Music] - Johnny Marr
  • Written-By [Words] - Morrissey

Notes

Recorded at Jam Studios, July 1984

© 1984 Warner Bros. Music ℗ © 1984 Rough Trade Records Ltd.

Made in the UK

Images

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

Similar version (EMI pressing): William, It Was Really Nothing Recorded at Jam Studios, July 1984

© 1984 Warner Bros. Music ℗ © 1984 Rough Trade Records Ltd.

Made in the UK

Images

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

Dark blue print, on light blue paper label.

Sleeve Notes: Recorded at Jam Studios, London, July 1984 Rough Trade Records, 61-71 Collier Street, London N1 9BE, England [Pertaining to the Billie Whitelaw stills] Artwork from Charlie Bubbles TM © 1968 Universal Pictures Ltd. All rights reserved. Licensed by Merchandising Corporation of America Inc.

© 1984 Warner Bros. Music Ltd.

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

Cover Star from "The Leather Boys" (A Raymond Stross Production)

℗ 1988 Rough Trade Records Ltd. © 1984 Warner Bros. Music Ltd.

Made in England

Images

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Wikipedia Information

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"William, It Was Really Nothing" is a song by the English rock band the Smiths. It was released as a single in August 1984, featuring the B-sides "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" and "How Soon Is Now?", and reached No. 17 in the UK Singles Chart. The song is featured on the compilation albums Hatful of Hollow and Louder Than Bombs, as well as other best of and singles collections. In 2004, the song was ranked No. 425 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. When the band performed the song on Top of the Pops, Morrissey ripped open his shirt to reveal the words "MARRY ME" written on his chest ("Would you like to marry me?" is one line of the song).