I started something… and now I’m not too sure

In our appeal for a soundtrack to the latest ‘crisis’ we got some excellent suggestions. The tightest fit seemed Miss Fitz’s only candidate, the Caribbean children’s song, “There’s a whole in my bucket”, which, as it’s own wikipedia entry notes is an infinite loop motif: ie a song that never ends. But this lyric from the Smith’s gets the implausibility (not necessarily impossibility) of the currently proposed ‘marriage’ between Sinn Fein and the DUP.

I started something
I forced you to a zone
And you were clearly
Never meant to go
Hair brushed and parted
Typical me, typical me
Typical me
I started something
…and now Im not too sure


  • Big problem, every time I try to click on this it crashes my computer. Maybe that explains why you have no other comments on it.

  • dalek


    Turn the crank handle at the front of your computer and the link may work. Makes sure you don’t run over the man with the red flag!!!

    The link works perfectly ok for me.

    Uh, thats what tradition means
    And I doused another venture
    With a gesture
    That was … absolutely vile………..

  • susan

    Not to embarrass Malachi, but Slugger’s home page caught the eye of my youngest son, Liam, born 17 May 2001, and he just now worked the Smiths’ link all by himself three times without assistance.

    He’s left-handed, and the mouse is set up for a right-handed person, but….. he managed.

  • Miss Fitz

    Carribean children’s song?

    While I slowly accept a lot of revision of the myths and truths of my childhood, I am not sure I believe Henry and Liza were Carribean.

    And it’s ‘There’s a hole in the bucket’, AFAIK.

    Other than that, I dont often get things right, this was a rare privilege!!

  • dalek

    from what i can see “hole in my bucket” was translated from the German…with the roles of henry and lisa reversed.

    Wenn der Pott aber nu en Loch hat,
    Lieber Heinrich, lieber Heinrich?
    Stopf es zu, liebe, liebe Liese,
    Liebe Liese, stopf’s zu!

    Its popularity in America seems to stem from its cross over to Pennsylvania where it persisted in German and Dutch forms before becoming a camping song. Not sure about the Carribean thing either.

  • mark

    Google has it first appearing in 1700 in the Bergliederbuchlein. The only Carribean reference is the publishing house for a Belafonte recording.

  • Miss Fitz

    I learned it growing up in the Midlands in the early 70’s. Hmm, its an interesting song then isnt it, and has travelled widely

  • Mick Fealty

    Originwise, try this previous discussion:


  • WOOHOO! What about an alternative video – the real Gerry/Ian (delete as appropriate) riding round the back streets of Belfast on bikes with a posse of mini-mes in hot pursuit.
    But who is going to grab Tony by his gilded beams?

  • Lucas

    Haa haa. A thread of prophetic Smiths’lyrics. I like it.

    I nominate ‘If it’s not love, then it’s the bomb that’ll bring us together.’ I’ve often wondered what that meant.