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The Smiths

William, It Was Really Nothing

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  • Space
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  • 1984
  • 1982
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  • 1985

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“William, It Was Really Nothing” is a song by British band The Smiths. It was released as a single on 24 August 1984, featuring the B-sides “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” and “How Soon Is Now?“, and reached number 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 number 425 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. The original artwork depicted comes from an early 80s advertisement for A.D.S. speakers (the object on the bed is a speaker), however due to legal reasons later pressings were produced with new artwork, a lilac-tinted still of Billie Whitelaw from the film Charlie Bubbles,... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ William, William it was really nothing ... And if you like you can buy the ring ... This town has dragged you down

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This song is listed #425 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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More songs by The Smiths (See Charts): Rusholme Ruffians, Reel Around The Fountain, Girlfriend In A Coma, Half A Person, Asleep, Meat Is Murder, Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others, Suffer Little Children, I Know It's Over, and The Queen Is Dead.

Popular in Rock (See Charts): Bohemian Rhapsody, Beat It, Wish You Were Here, Give In To Me, Wherever You Will Go, Stigmatized, Nothing's Changed, Hotel California, Imagine, and Nothing Else Matters.


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