I started a joke, which started the whole world crying,
But I didn't see that the joke was on me, oh no.

I started to cry, which started the whole world laughing,
Oh, if I'd only seen that the joke was on me.

I looked at the skies, running my hands over my eyes,
And I fell out of bed, hurting my head from things that
I'd said.

Til I finally died, which started the whole world living,

Oh, if I'd only seen that the joke was on me.

I looked at the skies, running my hands over my eyes,
And I fell out of bed, hurting my head from things that
I'd said.

'Til I finally died, which started the whole world living,
Oh, if I'd only seen that the joke was one me.


Lyrics submitted by BKirbs34, edited by v8pluver

I Started a Joke Lyrics as written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Ernest Gibb, Robin Hugh Gibb

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    I think the song could be about a person who made a rude joke that upset a lot of people. Pretty much everyone turned against this person causing them to be upset/be miserable/cry. That made people laugh to see things turn around after that person said such a hurtful thing.

    I also read on the Bee Gees page for this song that it could be about Hitler which makes a lot of sense.

    dodgethebulleton August 27, 2010   Link
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    Didn't the bee gees originally do this song? Does anyone know?

    nietzsche_66on May 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    yeah the wallflowers just redid it for the movie soundtrack of zoolander

    lotamilkaon June 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    it struck me after many years that this could be a song that jesus sung in his grief. what do you think?

    Soloon June 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    I dislike this version, it does not pass the same vibe as the Bee Gees (original version) or Faith no More (cover).

    kapinnnon July 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    its not a bad version.. maybe coz its the only version ive heard so far..

    dopeydopeon March 16, 2003   Link
  • 0
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    it is a great version, much sadder then the others..

    the unledon June 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
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    i have never heard the orginal, but i like this version, so if the orginal is better, it must be great.

    J0K3Ron July 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
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    yea i have never heard the original either but this is beautiful and sad at the same time

    sballchick2on August 02, 2007   Link
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    yea i have never heard the original either but this is beautiful and sad at the same time

    sballchick2on August 02, 2007   Link

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