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The Sundays — Here's Where The Story Ends
Album: Reading, Writing And Arithmetic
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Released: 1990
Length: 3:48
Plays (last 30 days): 1
People I know, places I go
Make me feel tongue tied
I can see how, people look down
They're on the inside

Here's where the story ends

People I see, weary of me
Showing my good side
I can see how, people look down
I'm on the outside

Here's, where the story ends
Ooh here's, where the story ends

It's that little souvenir, of a terrible year
Which makes my eyes feel sore
Oh I never should have said, the books that you read
Were all I loved you for
It's that little souvenir, of a terrible year
Which makes me wonder why
And it's the memories of the shed, that make me turn red
Surprise, surprise, surprise

Crazy I know, places I go
Make me feel so tired
I can see how people look down
I'm on the outside

Here's, where the story ends
Ooh here's, where the story ends

It's that little souvenir, of a terrible year
Which makes my eyes feel sore
And who ever would've thought, the books that you brought
Were all I loved you for
Oh the devil in me said, go down to the shed
I know where I belong
But the only thing I ever really wanted to say
Was wrong, was wrong, was wrong

It's that little souvenir, of a colorful year
Which makes me smile inside
So I cynically, cynically say, the world is that way
Surprise, surprise, surprise, surprise, surprise

Here's, where the story ends
Ooh here's, where the story ends
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I'm in love with Harriet Wheeler. I don't care who knows.
 mrtuba9 wrote:
"It's that little souvenir, of a terrible year
Which makes my eyes feel sore"

Two out of the last 3 years, my 1st grade teacher wife has experienced just this, many days collapsing in my arms after the end of a school day. This is her 27th year and it's never been as bad as it has for the last 5 years. Hopefully this will be a good one!!!
 
My niece is a grade school teacher. Her warning to me: "We're in trouble" (relating to the attitudes of young people now and looking to the future.( in general. Always exceptions.)
 mrtuba9 wrote:
"It's that little souvenir, of a terrible year
Which makes my eyes feel sore"

Two out of the last 3 years, my 1st grade teacher wife has experienced just this, many days collapsing in my arms after the end of a school day. This is her 27th year and it's never been as bad as it has for the last 5 years. Hopefully this will be a good one!!!
 
Sending out good vibes to your wife. 

Elementary school teachers shaped my thinking and my life!  Even at age 63, I am so grateful to them.

"It's that little souvenir, of a terrible year
Which makes my eyes feel sore"

Two out of the last 3 years, my 1st grade teacher wife has experienced just this, many days collapsing in my arms after the end of a school day. This is her 27th year and it's never been as bad as it has for the last 5 years. Hopefully this will be a good one!!!
Didn't have a big impact on me at the time, though I appreciate it more now.  Breezy college days
Love her voice.
Beautiful feel!
sweet irony...
 boxofrain wrote:
Such a nice song... beautiful voice.
 
Ditto! 
Such a pretty song. Yeah...ever catch the lyrics? Hm?
"Oh I never should have said, the books that you read
Were all I loved you for"
and
"And who ever would've thought, the books that you brought
Were all I loved you for".
 Here's where the story ends.
Well it sure did for me back in '93. Hurt like hell for a long long time.
Won't ever be able to hear this song without being reminded of that era.
 
When the Cranberries came out a few years later I recall everyone saying that they (the Cranberries) were that other Irish band that sounds like the SUNDAYS, and now the SUNDAYS have slipped away.  I really like this album and WILD HORSES is brilliant on this album.  Thanks Bill Music can bring back such great memories. 
 mardisoninnc wrote:
Boy oh boy, I've got some emotional memory connected to this band.  What ever became of The Sundays?

 
Maybe Happy Mondays?
 Sasha2001 wrote:
There's a little girl inside the 190 lb body of a 40-year-old man that adores this song.
 
Attributed to Jakob van Oost the Elder - Portrait of a Girl
Nice song.
 boxofrain wrote:
Such a nice song... beautiful voice.

 
Yes indeed!
now THIS is what you should hear at Starbucks, not that I ever actually step foot into Starbucks
Such a nice song... beautiful voice.
 treatment_bound wrote:
This song just screams—-NINETIES!

 
Yup. The '90s. This album was released on this date in 1990. Nice timing!
 mardisoninnc wrote:
Boy oh boy, I've got some emotional memory connected to this band.  What ever became of The Sundays?

 
Monday, and that's where their story ended.
 
This song just screams—-NINETIES!
Boy oh boy, I've got some emotional memory connected to this band.  What ever became of The Sundays?
I'd like to hear some stuff from Static & Silence, which is their best album.
Such a great song! Lovely times Sunday afternoons listening to this track!
 changodelaplaya wrote:
Ah... The memories of this echoing down the residence halls of UEA, during much more carefree times...

 
How interesting, completely different part of the world (Europe, Serbia, then Yugoslavia), same experience! Carefree days of my youth.
Ah... The memories of this echoing down the residence halls of UEA, during much more carefree times...
Lovely jangle pop.
The only indie album I ever bought - partly because a girl in our student house had a habit of playing it several times a day.

oops, tell a lie...    Hull 4, London 0 also made it into my collection.
hearkening back to when life was so much simpler in college....
 fredriley wrote:
So why are there ammonites on the album cover, anybody know?

 
Ammo no idea.
Love her voice. Always have. Soooo undervalued
 
Made my day...

Still a shame we haven't been blessed by more songs from Harriet... 
Sublime... Here's...where the story ends... Wow; this still has the power to stop me in my tracks and bring tears to my eyes... Amazing!
 RabbitEars wrote:
maybe just maybe we haven't heard the last from them. fingers crossed... 
https://www.stereogum.com/1677331/the-sundays-reveal-plans-for-new-music-in-rare-interview-with-american-airlines-inflight-magazine/news/ 

 
{#Bananasplit}
 fredriley wrote:
So why are there ammonites on the album cover, anybody know?

 

They couldn't find any trilobites..
maybe just maybe we haven't heard the last from them. fingers crossed... 
https://www.stereogum.com/1677331/the-sundays-reveal-plans-for-new-music-in-rare-interview-with-american-airlines-inflight-magazine/news/ 
The 15-year-old is sitting in the family room, quietly singing along. 

Makes my heart happy. 
Was this really 25 years ago? Good lord, I'm old.
Love Sundays!!!  Brings me back to college.  She has such an amazing voice.  Play more please!  
9---> 10
Love the Sundays!  Reminds me of college days!
{#Hearteyes}
So why are there ammonites on the album cover, anybody know?

Sundays on Friday! Love it.


Wow. That voice...probably my favorite female voice of the retro age...


I miss this group, esp. Harriet's beautiful voice *sigh*
I remember when I saw the Sundays in concert in Dallas shortly after they released this album.  We demanded they come back out for an encore.  They thanked the crowed and then explained that they had run out of songs to play for us.  So they played this song again.  It was a great show.  Their later albums were also good.  Seemed like a nice group of folks too.
Awesome song.  Great memories.
 coolpeople_rule wrote:
Such a light..happy song!  :)

 
The music gives the illusion of happy - but IMHO, the lyrics are anything but.  This album is filled with songs that have dark meanings wrapped in a totally enjoyable package (10,000 Maniacs also do a good job with this emotional-wolf-in-sheep's-musical-clothing approach) - but not so sugary and pop-y that its disgusting.  (although I know some on this thread will disagree, which is fine)

Love the Sundays, love this album. 
OMG! Flashbacked to my wife's (then girlfriend) silhouette, wearing summer dress. Best time of my life. Thank you for this song
Innocence Mission Lite.
SUCKO!
Such a light..happy song!  :)
Part of the soundtrack of my 90's.  Love it {#Music}
What a wonderful, cheerful little tune to hear this morning. 1990? Ah, say it ain't so . . . 
Always happy to hear this
good memories...
 Sasha2001 wrote:
There's a little girl inside the 190 lb body of a 40-year-old man that adores this song.
 
a toast to you and your latent pixie!!!   {#Cheers}
Ah, this takes me back....discovering Harriet Wheeler....Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic is still on my iPod playlist....good times....
 jared_w wrote:

No, Bjork is an excellent artist.  This music is quite bad.  Reminds me of the Corrs - terrible, airy, aimless, 90s music.

 
Airy, aimless,... what is so terrible about that
A very good way to start my morning. 
There's a little girl inside the 190 lb body of a 40-year-old man that adores this song.
 pcicatar wrote:
Are the same people who hate The Sundays the same sourpusses who hate Bjork?  This time around, I thought I caught some same vague inflections...  Personally, I want to pick both of them up in the air and spin in circles.
 
No, Bjork is an excellent artist.  This music is quite bad.  Reminds me of the Corrs - terrible, airy, aimless, 90s music.
I think it's one of the finest symphonies of strings and mercurial, powerful, sultry vocals; impeccable stylings, with finest solid production, ever. And this will forever be that little souvenir of the year that I first heard this: just back from Japan the first time, just back to ski-bum in Summit County for the second time, and -- by no means did the story end -- and I love how it still doesn't...Thanks, RP for playing this!
 TJS wrote:
It's still a 10!
 

I agree...  still love it...
 
I love Harriet's beautiful voice. This is a very pretty song from a truly wondrous album.
So good to hear this again on RP. First heard it here several years ago and have loved it ever since.
Are the same people who hate The Sundays the same sourpusses who hate Bjork?  This time around, I thought I caught some same vague inflections...  Personally, I want to pick both of them up in the air and spin in circles.
She got married and had some kids, good for her. Hopefully she won't do a Kate Bush and inflict a horrible album on us years from now.
 
 
eroz wrote:
I love the Sundays music, shortlived that they were. Where is Harriet Wheeler now?
 


I love the Sundays music, shortlived that they were. Where is Harriet Wheeler now?
So so annoying
 kysmet wrote:
Love!
 
same!
Love!
 MiracleDrug wrote:
what a perfect little voice she has... {#Good-vibes}
 
Perfectly put.
Love Harriet Wheeler.
Harriet Wheeler...absolutely gorgeous voice.
what a perfect little voice she has... {#Good-vibes}
 membeth wrote:
is the rest of this album this good?
 

I consider this CD one of the most under-rated ever.  It's one of my favorites.  This song is the best of course.  I don't know why this never got a lot of recognition.  Wonderful CD, every track.  Totally original.  I think the Innocence Mission owes a lot to the Sundays.
Have always loved this song. But 1990? God, I'm getting old.
 Easyrider wrote:
Oh,What fond memories this song gives me of that lazy summer,just chuffing.
 
You are a train?
Oh,What fond memories this song gives me of that lazy summer,just chuffing.

You can't help but stop everything to listen to Harriet's voice. Great song.


Love.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this band. Wish they would make more music.  So sad they don't anymore.
Such a beautiful song. Reminds me of my uni days.
One of my very favorite albums of the 90's. Unfortunately they were shortlived.
3 albums only - what a shame...


 romeotuma wrote:

 Yowza, I ranked this song a 10 long ago, with zero comments...  this song is good for the ears...

 

 

It's still a 10!
I wish these guys would have put out a couple more albums. They were so good there for a while.

 kingart wrote:
Was the band English?
  
Very much so. And that's Harriet Wheeler doing the vocals, English and adorable.
 unclehud wrote:

Not your fave: The song or the girl?

 
The girl was awesome, she loved this band..
Love the song. The melody is very sweet and seductive. The vocalist sounds very little or nothing like Edie Brickell. To me, Brickell's voice is fingernails on a blackboard. This lady's voice is far brighter and more emotive. Was the band English? I know nothing about The Sundays, but her inflection — souva-neaha, terrible yeea — sounds UK not US. 
Ahh the Sundays.  RP continues with the highest quality programming!Laughing
Was this really 22 years ago! Feeling a little old right now, unlike this song which is still brilliant.
I miss The Sundays.  David, Harriet, please come back to my ears.

 Yowza, I ranked this song a 10 long ago, with zero comments...  this song is good for the ears...

 


 johnjconn wrote:
sounds like Innocence Mission

 
It's from around the same time period.  The two women have similar voices, but musically, this sounds very little like anything I've ever heard from Innocence Mission.
Pure joy for me...
 neuticle wrote:
Not my fav. , but this song reminds me of a certain girl ..
 
Not your fave: The song or the girl?

Not my fav. , but this song reminds me of a certain girl ..
This song just makes me emote.
{#Whistle}

Harriet makes me happy!
 
 johnjconn wrote:
sounds like Innocence Mission
 
True, Innocence Mission is just better, but this is good too :)
5 for me. Perhaps I'm unfair but for me it sounds pale after Anna Ternheim {#Snooty}
I'm going to need a bucket too...

 pjl wrote:
someone bring me a bucket.....
 


 pjl wrote:
someone bring me a bucket.....
 
on my way,,,,, opps , didn't make it

someone bring me a bucket.....
 sirdroseph wrote:
Her voice is like Buddah.{#Meditate}
 
you mean castrato buddah?

Delicious.
Her voice is like Buddah.{#Meditate}
 johnjconn wrote:
sounds like Innocence Mission

 
So much that I was really surprised to notice it's someone different....

 johnjconn wrote:
sounds like Innocence Mission

 
sounds like a «Four-Calendar Café» Cocteau Twins.


 socalhol wrote:
Ahhhhhh, I miss The Sundays  {#Daisy}  they do a great (better than original) version of Wild Horses too

 

I was just thinking the same thing as I was coming to comment. I wish there were more groups like this....

Always loved this one.  Got the album; it's great too, though not a lot of variety.  If you like the major 7th chords you're hearing here, you'll be in hog heaven.

Ahhhhhh, I miss The Sundays  {#Daisy}  they do a great (better than original) version of Wild Horses too

For The Sundays, this is where the story began.

sounds like Innocence Mission

It may be their (marginal) hit single but it's also why they never amounted to much.  Pop music at its most average.

Yes, hard to believe 'Story' is 20 years old but it does sound incredibly young. More Sundays please :)


A great little tune that has aged quite nicely, thank you.
A little slice of college. My first love. Really diggin' chick music for the first time if only to get with sweet little Julie hazel eyes.

 fingerpin wrote:

Just came in to do an Edie Brickell comparison. {#Yes} 

 
Harriet Is much cuter, and the band is much better!

 fingerpin wrote:

Just came in to do an Edie Brickell comparison. {#Yes} 

 

Yup.
I have this CD in my Sidekick, and it just creates summer.  I love it.  And yes, it sounds like Innocence Mission, but it has its own signature, so I can always tell the difference. Did I mention that I love The Sundays? {#Sunny}