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Revision as of 20:05, 5 June 2021

Cover art
12" vinyl cover art
THE SMITHS Single
Name William, It Was Really Nothing
Release 24 August 1984
Length 2:09
Recorded
Writer/composer Morrissey/Marr
Producer John Porter
Art work A.D.S. speakers advert / Billie Whitelaw
Vinyl Etching THE IMPOTENCE OF ERNEST
ROMANTIC AND SQUARE IS HIP AND AWARE
THE IMPOTENCE OF ERNEST (Alt 7" A-side)
WE HATES BAD GRAMMER (Alt 7" B-side)
THE IMPOTENCE OF ERNEST (Alt 12" A-side)
ROMANTIC AND [ ] IS HIP N'AWARE (Alt 12" B-side)
Publisher Rough Trade Records (UK)
Sire Records (US)
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl, CD
Chart position UK #17
Single chronology
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
William, It Was Really Nothing
How Soon Is Now?

Lyrics

The rain falls hard on a humdrum town This town has dragged you down Oh, the rain falls hard on a humdrum town This town has dragged you down Oh, no, and everybody's got to live their life And God knows I've got to live mine God knows I've got to live mine

William, William it was really nothing William, William it was really nothing It was your life...

How can you stay with a fat girl who'll say: "Oh! Would you like to marry me? "And if you like you can buy the ring" She doesn't care about anything Would you like to marry me? And if you like you can buy the ring I don't dream about anyone - except myself!

Oh, William, William it was really nothing William, William

Music Video

Credits

Live History

Play count (The Smiths concert): 75

The Smiths live history:

... further results



Play count (Morrissey concert): 34

Morrissey live history:

... further results



Appears On



Discogs Information

Credits

  • Artwork [Sleeve By] - Morrissey
  • Bass - Andy Rourke
  • Drums - Mike Joyce
  • Engineer - Mark Wallis
  • Guitar, Mandolin - Johnny Marr
  • Layout - Caryn Gough
  • Other [Special Thanks To] - Stephen Street
  • Producer - John Porter
  • Voice - Morrissey
  • Written-By [Music] - Johnny Marr
  • Written-By [Words] - Morrissey

Notes

Recorded at Jam Studios, July 1984

© 1984 Warner Bros. Music ℗ © 1984 Rough Trade Records Ltd.

Made in the UK

Images

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

Similar version (EMI pressing): William, It Was Really Nothing Recorded at Jam Studios, July 1984

© 1984 Warner Bros. Music ℗ © 1984 Rough Trade Records Ltd.

Made in the UK

Images

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

Dark blue print, on light blue paper label.

Sleeve Notes: Recorded at Jam Studios, London, July 1984 Rough Trade Records, 61-71 Collier Street, London N1 9BE, England [Pertaining to the Billie Whitelaw stills] Artwork from Charlie Bubbles TM © 1968 Universal Pictures Ltd. All rights reserved. Licensed by Merchandising Corporation of America Inc.

© 1984 Warner Bros. Music Ltd.

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Wikipedia Information

"William, It Was Really Nothing" is a song by the English rock band the Smiths. It was released as a single in August 1984, featuring the B-sides "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" and "How Soon Is Now?", and reached No. 17 in the UK Singles Chart. The song is featured on the compilation albums Hatful of Hollow and Louder Than Bombs, as well as other best of and singles collections. In 2004, the song was ranked No. 425 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. When the band performed the song on Top of the Pops, Morrissey ripped open his shirt to reveal the words "MARRY ME" written on his chest ("Would you like to marry me?" is one line of the song).