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Bee Gees – I Started A Joke lyrics

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.



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    bobfan54
    I see the song meaning that here's a man that doesn't fit in. When laughing, the world is crying. When crying, the world is laughing. He doesn't see why he can't fit in. He's blind. Blind to the world around him which leaves him feeling he doesn't make sense. He gives up. He dies. He does know the world will go on without him. He just wishes he understood it. This song seems to be written for the poor soul who feels that life had more to offer him. He just couldn't find it. Robin's voice in this song is amazing! Great vibrato and range! Love the song!
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    John Cook
    Jesus Christ started a joke. Everyone took it too seriously. It drew them away from the people in power, who set out to destroy Jesus. As Jesus was being destroyed, everyone had to laugh that they'd taken him so seriously. Jesus fell out of bed and woke up in his tomb, realizing everything that had happened. His example had set a new standard for the world, a standard which they would be compelled to imitate.
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    I'm not sure when robin wrote this song, but he left the group for awhile, not sure why, maybe because he didn't get the credit he deserved, he kinda was in the background along with his twin maurice because of his older brother barry, it wasn't anything barry did it was peoples attraction to barry that caused the split. So I think this song is about the split and him realizing the joke was on him cause it took all three of the brothers to be the bee gees! Just my opinion. :)
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    RobWeekes
    The song could we be about the famed atheist Fredrick Nietzsche. There are actually many long-standing Nietzsche jokes. Robin Gibb himself has said that it is a very spiritual song. The bad joke that Nietzsche started was the idea that God was dead. Many people who believed Nietzsche would certainly have been crying to learn that their faith was worthless after all. However, Nietzsche finally died, relieving the world from such a twisted ideology. When people began to realize that Nietzsche now was dead, but God was still alive after all, the joke was truly on Nietzsche.
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    Someone told me they thought this song was about Hitler which seemed pretty off the wall. Then I watched a PBS show called Dark Charisma about Hitler. Woke up with an image of a certain presidential candidates red hat reading "make Germany great again -1933". " I started a Joke?" Spooky.
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