"I Started a Joke" is a 1968 song by the English rock band Bee Gees from their album Idea, which was released in September of that year. Curiously, it was not released as a single in the UK, where buyers who could not afford the album had to content themselves with a Polydor version by Heath Hampstead.
Songs for the Idea album were completed on June 25 (except for the song "I've Gotta Get a Message to You"…
I started a joke
Which started the whole world crying
But I didn't see
That the joke was on me, oh no