by overeducated on June 11th, 2009



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I love that Bee Gees song "I Started a Joke". But does any one have any thoughts what it means?

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  • by iwnit on June 11th, 2009


    1) ""I Started a Joke" is a 1968 song by the Bee Gees from their album Idea, which was released in September of that year. The song is mainly written and sung by Robin Gibb. "I Started a Joke" is supposedly about someone who has done or said something horribly wrong, which results in social alienation. Another interpretation, related to the previous one, is that the song is sung from the point of view of the Devil."
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    2) "I started a joke
    That started the whole world crying
    But i didn't see...
    That the joke was on me
    I started to cry
    That started the whole world laughing
    If i'd only seen
    That the joke was on me

    I looked at the skies
    Running my hands over my eyes
    I fell out of bed
    And hurt my head from the things that i said

    I finally died
    That started the whole world living
    If i'd only seen
    That the joke was on me"
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    (some interpretations there)

    3) "This song leaves naked, parts of the soul we tend to keep covered, even from our own deeper selves.

    We see in it, our own personal sins of omission that do not look so pretty in black and white and are even more haunting when presented in a package of understated music and single-voiced verse. Although I do see where the spiritual intonation peers through the lyric at us, I see here, too, the personal commentary of an inner moral dilemma being posed by the subject and the step by step process by which he rationalizes his justification for not following his inner personal voice. This person wants desperately to shed his etiquetted skin and stand on the purity of truth rather than cower in civilized silence in the face of injustice."
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    (more to be read there)

    Further information:

    Bee Gees - I Started a Joke (Live, 1974)

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