I Started Something I Couldn't Finish

The Smiths

About I Started Something I Couldn't Finish

"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.


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1987
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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

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The Smiths

The Smiths were an English alternative rock band, formed in Manchester in 1982. Based on the song writing partnership of vocalist Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr, the band also included bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. Critics have called them the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s. The group was signed to the independent record label Rough Trade Records, on which they released four studio albums, several compilations, and numerous non-LP singles. Although they had limited commercial success outside the UK while they were still together, and never released a single that charted higher than number 10 in their home country, The Smiths won a significant following, and remain cult an… more »

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Written by: STEVEN MORRISSEY, JOHNNY MARR

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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12 facts about this song

Year of Release
"I started Something I Couldn't Finish" was officially released by The Smiths in the year 1987.
Album Details
The song is from the band's fourth and final studio album, "Strangeways, Here We Come."
Songwriters Credit
The song was written by Johnny Marr and Morrissey, both members of The Smiths.
Genre
"I Started Something I Couldn't Finish" falls into the alternative/independent rock genre, as is typical for The Smiths.
Chart Position
The song charted at number 23 in the UK Singles Chart, marking its popularity at the time.
Cover Versions
Indie rock band The Boo Radleys covered "I Started Something I Couldn't Finish" as a B-side to one of their singles.
B-side Song Affiliation
The B-side of the single features the track, 'Pretty Girls Make Graves.'
Record Company Association
"I Started Something I Couldn't Finish" was released through Rough Trade Records in the UK.
Artwork
The cover of the single features actor Avril Angers, who was an English comedian known for her roles in British sitcoms.
Single Duration
The duration of "I Started Something I Couldn't Finish" is approximately 3:47 minutes.
Misinterpreted Lyrics
It is often mistaken for a song about regret and indecision, yet Morrissey described it as "the voice of the mentally mutilated."
Noteworthy Accolade
Despite its moderate chart success, the song has stood the test of time and is listed in the band's top 20 most streamed songs on Spotify as of December 2021.

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