The Sundays

Here's Where the Story Ends

Composed by David Gavurin / Harriet Wheeler

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England's the Sundays enjoyed several albums and some chart hits with their pleasant brand of coffeehouse rock. Most will probably remember the band for Harriet Wheeler's singing style, which combines wide-eyed wonder with free-spiritedness and sometimes incomprehensibility due to her thick English accent and high-pitched voice. Perhaps their most popular radio hit was 1989's "Here's Where the Story Ends," a contemplative song camouflaged in a mid-tempo, alternative pop package. The lyrics, which are somewhat indecipherable, effectively document an idealist's view of the world, which, in this song, reveals an apathetic and cynical society. The verse "People I know places I go/make me feel tongue tied/I can see how people look down/They're on the inside" illustrates the Sundays' viewpoint. Also, another theme, the stages of processing a life event, is smartly chronicled in the lyrics. For instance, a "terrible year" is later described as "colorful." Elsewhere, the line "Oh I never should have said the books that you read/were all I loved you for" transforms into "And who ever would've thought the books that you brought/were all I loved you for?" "Here's Where the Story Ends" continues to be heard on modern rock, college, and alternative radio stations. The song, ironically, was mostly appreciated for its music and Wheeler's pleasing voice. Listeners did not, however, catch onto the clever wordplay by Wheeler and David Gavurin (guitars), which was often the case with the Sundays because of the singer's "challenging" vocal delivery. Likeable attribute or frustrating characteristic? It all depends on who you ask.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Reading, Writing and Arithmetic 1990 DGC / Geffen 3:54
Billboard Top Modern Rock Tracks 1990 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 3:53
Blown Away 1994
Original Soundtrack
550 Music / Sony Music Distribution 3:51
Why? 2K: Anti-Millennium Party Collection 1999
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:54
Unstoppable 90's: Alternative 1999
Various Artists
Cold Front Records / K-Tel Distribution 3:51
Why?2K 2000
Various Artists
MCA 3:55
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Priority Records
To Be Someone 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:54
Whatever: The '90s Pop and Culture Box 2005
Various Artists
Rhino 3:54
90's Rock Number 1's 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:55
The Brit Box: U.K. Indie, Shoegaze, and Brit-Pop Gems of the Last Millennium 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 3:52
100 Hits: Alternative 2012
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:53
The World's End [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2013
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Polydor 3:52
20 #1’s: 90s
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:55
The Best Ever Road Trip
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:50
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