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I Started Something I Couldn't Finish (single)

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THE SMITHS Single
Name I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
Release September 1987
Length 3:46
Recorded Spring 1987
Writer/composer Morrissey/Marr
Producer Stephen Street
Assisted by Morrissey & Johnny Marr
Art work Cover star: Avril Angers film still from "The Family Way" (1966)
Vinyl Etching "MURDER AT THE WOOL HALL" (x) STARRING SHERIDAN WHITESIDE
YOU ARE BELIEVING, YOU DO NOT WANT TO SLEEP
Publisher Rough Trade Records (UK)
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl, Cassette
Chart position UK #23
Single chronology
Girlfriend In A Coma
I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before

Information

Track list

7" Vinyl

UK - [Rough Trade RT 198]

  1. I Started Something I Couldn't Finish – 3:46 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Pretty Girls Make Graves (Troy Tate version) – 3:35 (Morrissey/Marr)

12" Vinyl

UK - [Rough Trade RTT 198]

  1. I Started Something I Couldn't Finish – 3:46 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Pretty Girls Make Graves (Troy Tate version) – 3:35 (Morrissey/Marr)
  3. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (live) – 5:03 (Morrissey/Marr)

Cassette

UK - [Rough Trade RTT 198C]

  1. I Started Something I Couldn't Finish – 3:46 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Pretty Girls Make Graves (Troy Tate version) – 3:35 (Morrissey/Marr)
  3. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (live) – 5:03 (Morrissey/Marr)
  4. What's The World? (live) – 2:07 (James)

Lyrics

The lanes were silent There was nothing, no one, nothing around for miles I doused our friendly venture With a hard-faced Three-word gesture

I started something I forced you to a zone And you were clearly Never meant to go Hair brushed and parted Typical me, typical me Typical me I started something And now I'm not too sure

I grabbed you by the guilded beams Uh, that's what tradition means And I doused another venture With a gesture That was absolutely vile

I started something I forced you to a zone And you were clearly Never meant to go Hair brushed and parted Typical me, typical me Typical me I started something And now I'm not too sure

I grabbed you by the guilded beams Uh, that's what tradition means And now eighteen months' hard labor Seems fair enough

I started something And I forced you to a zone And you were clearly Never meant to go Hair brushed and parted Typical me, typical me Typical me I started something And now I'm not too sure

I started something I started something Typical me, typical me Typical me, typical me Typical me, typical me Typical me I started something And now I'm not too sure

OK Stephen, do that again?

Music Video (UK)

Live History

Play count (The Smiths concert): 0



Play count (Morrissey concert): 21

Morrissey live history:

... further results


Appears On



Discogs Information

Credits

  • Art Direction [Art Co-ordination] - Jo Slee
  • Bass - Andy Rourke
  • Drums - Mike Joyce
  • Guitar - Johnny Marr
  • Layout - Caryn Gough
  • Mastered By - Tim Young
  • Other [Cover Star] - Avril Angers
  • Sleeve - Morrissey
  • Voice - Morrissey
  • Written-By - Johnny Marr
  • Written-By - Morrissey

Notes

RTT 198 printed in white at top right-hand corner of dark green, die-cut inner sleeve.

"I Started Something I Couldn't Finish" Recorded in Bath, March 1987. Mastered at CBS. Taken from the LP "Strangeways, Here We Come". "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" Recorded at Brixton Academy, December 12, 1986.

Cover Star: Avril Angers © 1966 Weintraub Entertainments

Side A: © 1987 Warner Bros. Music Ltd. ℗ Rough Trade Records 1987 Side B: © 1983 & 1986 Warner Bros. Music Ltd. Made in England.

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

Recorded at Bath, March 1987 Cover Star: Avril Angers © 1966 Weintraub Entertainments Track 3: Recorded at Brixton Academy, London, 12 December 1986. Track 4: Recorded in Glasgow, September 1985.

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Wikipedia Information

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"I Started Something I Couldn't Finish" is a song by the English rock band the Smiths. Released in November 1987, it reached No. 23 in the UK Singles Chart. It was the second of three UK singles from the band's fourth and final studio album, Strangeways, Here We Come, and was released after the band had announced their split.