"Here's Where The Story Ends" as written by and H. Wheeler D. Gavurin....
People I know places I go
Make me feel tongue tied
I can see how people look down
They're on the inside

Here's where the story ends

People I see, weary of me
Showing my good side
I can see how people look down
I'm on the outside

Here's where the story ends
Ooh here's where the story ends

It's that little souvenir of a terrible year
Which makes my eyes feel sore
Oh I never should have said the books that you read
Were all I loved you for
It's that little souvenir of a terrible year
Which makes me wonder why
& it's the memories of the shed that make me turn red
Surprise surprise surprise

Crazy I know, places I go
Make me feel so tired
I can see how people look down
I'm on the outside

Oh here's where the story ends
Ooh here's where the story ends

It's that little souvenir of a terrible year
Which makes my eyes feel sore
& who ever would've thought the books that you brought
Were all I loved you
For
Oh the devil in me said go down to the shed
I know where I belong
But the only thing I ever really wanted to say
Was wrong, was wrong, was wrong

It's that little souvenir of a colorful year
Which makes me smile inside
So I cynically, cynically say the world is that way
Surprise, surprise, surprise, surprise, surprise

Here's where the story ends
Ooh here's where the story ends


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"Here's Where the Story Ends" as written by Harriet Ella Wheeler David Richard Gavurin

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  • +9
    General CommentI see it as meaning the following;

    A girl is in a relationship with a boy, but ends it thinking there was nothing strong between them. She looks back on the year they had, and realises that it's only after she's ended the relationship she's realised just how much she loved being part of it. Little things around her make her remember what happened (souvenirs), things reminding her of the 'time in the shed' (a private event between them, perhaps the first time they kissed or had sex) and the time spent with him, things she took with her without realising how much they would remind her of him.

    Now as she walks down the street she sees people together, people with purpose all seeming to look down on her, and she feels as though she has no real connection, as though they are part of an exclusive club of which she is not a part. But when she remembers the time spent with the boy, it was their own little exclusive club, and she smiles, and realises she ended it to try and find some relationship more akin to what she sees in the people around her, and yet because she ended it feels more alone and distant than she ever did. And now all she is left with is a cynical view of the world, and the time she spent with him is over, and that's where the story ends, and reality returns.

    Just how I see it :) It's a beautiful song that captures moments between friends and lovers perfectly, those memories you don't see as golden until you lose what it was that made you the way you were, and look back and smile, yet realise it's lost. Ah :)
    deliciousleepon March 04, 2007   Link
  • +6
    General CommentI think this song is about a person who is aliented from society ("I'm on the outside") due to her inability to resolve past issues. She undergoes an emotional journey when rehashing the events that took place during this time of her life.

    Her feelings flow from regret/guilt ("I never should have said the books that you read were all I loved you for"), to embarrassment/vulnerability ("The memories of your shed make me turn red") and to blame/accountability ("The devil in me said go down to the shed").

    She eventually sees the humor/irony and the good things that came from the situation. For example, during most of the song she states that the "little souvenir" "makes my eyes feel sore" and "makes me wonder why," whereas the lyrics near the end state that the little souvenir "makes me smile inside." Moreover, as another reviewer stated she refers to the once "terrible" year as "colorful" towards the end of the song.

    As much as she wants to be completely upset, she can't. Life is bittersweet. Sometimes it takes time to process things and appreciate the value of past experiences. I think the title, "Here's where the story ends," means letting go of resentment, attitudes, memories, and/or relationships.
    lokigrlon January 28, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentIt's a great song and record. She's an excellent singer. I know Harriet Wheeler's friend Tara Kooperman. As a New York songwriter for 18 years ('80's-'90's) who's also the same age as Harriet, I can tell you how these things are made. She probably had the title and then made a poem. The "little souvenir" represents a child, but most likely is also a book, since during the break-up fight in the storyline, she tells him that all she really loved was that he was cultured and he probably gave her the book as a first present. In "the shed", she likely gave him unconventional sex many times. (plural: "memories"). The character's now more mature and blushes at how much she desired him.
    It's a sad, yet pretty tune from 20 years ago! Thanks for keeping it alive. (Chappell sure forgot they have it in their catalog.) Great arrangement by her (now) husband and his melody is obviously coaxed by her vocal range and musical ideas.
    Gerardcanta1on August 31, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentmaybe the little souvenir is a little case of the chlamydia. hee, hee. i like this song.
    CatWithAseaon August 29, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt reminds me of a brief relationship I had when I was 18. I think she dated this boy who she thought was more witty and social than her and all the people around them, like his friends maybe, as well. She's thinks down on herself...she's "on the outside" and she can't find the right things to say...everything she "wanted to say was wrong". She was smart and loved that he was smart, but felt like she wasn't smart enough for him. But when they were alone..."down in the shed"...he liked her just fine and she gave in and was with him and they connected. But they never could connect outside that shed and after a "terrible year" of trying to connect and fit in with him and his friends, she gave up and the story ended.
    lamimaon June 24, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI think this song isn't about a particularly serious relationship, but rather something the character viewed as more of a fling. I understand the shed to be a brief sexual encounter. I think the souvenir in question is an actual book. The souvenir makes her eyes sore, not from crying, but perhaps in a more literal sense of looking at it too long, thinking about what happened. She loved the guy this song is about, not in a literal sense, but in a she was interested in him sense. After all it was only for his books, so it couldn't have been real love. She liked him because of his taste in books, but all she really wanted in the end was the brief sexual encounter. He must have thought there was more to it, and was heart broken when he realized it wasn't. The shame the character feels is from everyone hearing from that guy what she did to him, and her probably feeling somewhat guilty about it. She has "a reputation" now. By the song's end however, she's over it and doesn't care what the rest of the world thinks. She's ready to put the experience behind her and move on. She had sex with a guy she didn't really care about. So what.
    songmeanings2011on July 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe change from 'It's that little souveneir of a terrible year' to 'colourful year' should happen in everybody's life - fantastic song words. What happened in the shed?
    wombat99on August 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is from around 1993. The Sundays have been on hiatus since the early 90's. So it couldn't be about the tsunami. Unless Harriet has psychic powers. Scary!
    This is a great song. So addictive; melancholic in a llight and bouncy way.
    freudon December 31, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that the narrator is on the outside because people consider her a terrible person even though she tries to show her good side. They probably know she told her ex that she only loved him for the books he gave her. They look at her with disgust and she feels bad about the whole thing. I don't think the little souvenir is a baby but one of the books. It reminds her of the thing she said.
    ClymClemClamon March 16, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI'm afraid I seem to vaguely remember an interview from the time where she said it was about an abusive relationship (maybe with someone older?) thus the shame the victim feels and the surprise in the shed.

    Now it reminds me of The Reader (Der Vorleser).
    joannajoyon April 01, 2012   Link

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