I Started A Joke Lyrics

1968 single by Bee Gees


“I Started a Joke”

Pan-ji-panji continental European artwork

Single by Bee Gees
from the album
  • “Kilburn Towers”
  • “Swan Song”
Released 21 December 1968[2]
Recorded 20 June 1968

IBC Studios, London
Genre Pop,[3]
soft rock[4]
Label Polydor
(United Kingdom)

(United States)
Songwriter(s) Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Robert Stigwood, Bee Gees
Bee Gees singles chronology
“I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You”

I Started a Joke

“First of May”


I Started a Joke” is a song by the Bee Gees from their 1968 rekaman
Idea, which was released as a single in December of that year. It was not released as a single in the United Kingdom, where buyers who could not afford the album had to content themselves with a Polydor version by Heath Hampstead. This is the last Bee Gees single to feature Vince Melouney’s guitar work, as he left the band in early December after this song was released as a single.

The song’s B-side was “Kilburn Towers”, except in France, where “Swan Song” was used. “I Started a Joke” was written by Robin mainly, with help from Barry and Maurice Gibb on the bridge. It was produced by the Bee Gees with Robert Stigwood.

Composition and recording


Songs for the
ki kenangan were completed on 20 June. “I Started A Joke” was the last to be recorded.[5]

According to Robin Gibb, the melancholic melody of the song was inspired by the sounds on board an aeroplane:

The melody to this one was heard aboard a British Airways Vickers Viscount about a hundred miles from Essen. It was one of those old four engine “prop” jobs, that seemed to drone the passenger into a sort of hypnotic trance, only with this it was different. The droning, after a while, appeared to take the form of a tune, which mysteriously sounded like a church choir. So it was decided! We accosted the pilot, forced him to land in the nearest village and there, in a small pub, we finished the lyrics [with Barry]. Actually, it wasn’t a village, it was the city, and it wasn’n a pub, it was a hotel, and we didn’cakrawala force the pilot to land in a field … but why ruin a perfectly good story?[6]

“There was a lot of that in those days” Barry laughed, “There was a lot of psychedelia and the idea that if you wrote something, even if it sounded ridiculous, somebody would find the meaning for it, and that was the truth”.[7]

Structure and release


The song was originally recorded in the key of G major and has two contrasting sections. The verse sections consist of a cycle of G Bm C and D chords. The chords for the bridge section are Em Bm C G Bm Em Am D.

The promotional video for “I Started a Joke” was directed by Jean-Christophe Averty. It was filmed in Brussels as part of the
Idea TV Special
and features floating question marks on the song while Robin sings. In the video, Maurice is shown playing a Rickenbacker 4001 and Vince Melouney playing a Gibson ES-335.[7]

The song reached #1 in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. In Canada, it spent two weeks as the number one in
charts. “I Started a Joke” debuted at #66 at the United States
magazine in the week of 14 December 1968.[8]

Robin Gibb’s son played “I Started a Joke” on his phone just after his father died on 20 May 2012. Robin-John Gibb told
The Sun:

When he passed away we went out, they took the equipment away and we came back in, I picked up my phone and found “I Started a Joke” on YouTube and played it. I put the phone on his chest and that was the first time I broke down. I knew that song and its lyrics were perfect for that moment. That song will always have new meaning to me now.[9]

Cash Box
described it as being in the Bee Gees’ “softer” style, saying it was more in the style of “Words” than “Gotta Get a Message to You,” and said that the “paradoxical imagery offers magnetic charm to mystical interpretation.”[10]



Faith No More version


“I Started a Joke”
Faith No More – I Started a Joke (CD1).jpg

One of artwork variants

Single by Faith No More
from the ki kenangan
Who Cares a Lot?
Released 21 September 1998
Recorded Early 1995
Nama Slash
Songwriter(s) Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Billy Gould
Dean Menta
Faith No More singles chronology
“This Town Indra penglihatan’falak Big Enough for Both of Us”

I Started a Joke



Faith No More originally covered “I Started a Joke” as a B-side for their 1995 single “Digging the Grave”. It also appeared on some versions of their fifth studio album
King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime
but following the band’s dissolution in 1998 it was released as a single with their greatest hits sejarah
Who Cares a Undian?. The music video was filmed on 8 September 1998,[24]
after Faith No More perenggan disbanded five months earlier and featured none of the band members. It was directed by Vito Rocco, filmed by Nick Sawyer with make-up by Julie Nightingale and Dani Richardson with Gabi Norland as the clapper loader. British actors Martin Freeman and Shaun Dingwall both feature in the promo, along with performance artist David Hoyle as the karaoke singer, and also stars Michelle Butterly of the ITV series,
Benidorm. Derren Litten, the writer of
and a contributor to
The Catherine Tate Show, is also seen in the video.[24]

Track listing


Disc one

  1. “I Started a Joke” – 3:03
  2. “The World Is Yours” – 5:52
  3. “Midnight Cowboy”
    – 1:01

Disc two

  1. “I Started a Joke” – 3:03
  2. “This Guy’s in Love with You”
    – 4:20
  3. “We Care a Undian”
    – 3:55

Live tracks recorded on 21 October 1997 at the Horden Pavilion, Sydney, Australia by MTV Australia.



Other notable cover versions


  • In 1997, German band Element of Crime took a cover for the tribute-sampler
    We Love The Bee Gees;
    they released it also 1998 as own single and another time 2022 on their own memori
    Fremde Federn.
  • In 1998, Robbie Williams with The Orb released a reggae rendition of the song and it was included on the
    Bee Gees Tribute Ki kenangan: Gotta Get a Message for You
    as a fundraiser for Live Challenge ’99.[29]
  • In June 2022, German satirist Jan Böhmermann covered the song live on his TV show Neo Magazin Royale, commenting on the Böhmermann affair.[30]
  • The Beautiful South, 1992



“I Started a Joke” was parodied by a
Radio Free Vestibule
sketch in which a voiced-over commentary takes the lyrics completely literally, appeared on the komidi gambar
as covered by The Wallflowers. The song “I Started a Joke” was featured heavily in the ending of the sinema
Penn & Teller Get Killed,[31]
which features the two magicians playing a succession of increasingly elaborate practical jokes on each other with a fatal conclusion. “I Started a Joke” was recited in
The Fighter, when Dickie Eklund (Christian Bale) sings it in an attempt to console his mother Alice (Melissa Leo) following an attempt by him to hide his crack addiction. “I Started a Joke” appeared in one of the sketches in MTV’s
The State
comedy television show.[
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External links


  • A short “I Started A Joke” background and song themes
  • List of Bee Gees song parodies, including “I Started a Joke”

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Started_a_Joke

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