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9th Feb '16 4:31:25 PM twilicorn
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* "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty is a weird example because the "chorus" everyone remembers doesn't even have lyrics.
12th Jan '16 8:27:27 AM Prfnoff
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* "Where Did the Party Go?" by Fall Out Boy. Admit it, do you actually know any of the lyrics besides "Whoa, where did the party go?"
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* "Where Did the Party Go?" by Fall Out Boy.Music/FallOutBoy. Admit it, do you actually know any of the lyrics besides "Whoa, where did the party go?"

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* "Where Did Original cast albums of older Broadway musicals often removed the Party Go?" by Fall Out Boy. Admit it, do you actually know any verses of songs, either to keep playing times down on LP (or, worse, 78 RPM) sides, or to make them more presentable as potential song hits. Examples of this include: ** "How To Handle A Woman" from ''Theatre/{{Camelot}}'' ** "I've Got You To Lean On" from ''Theatre/AnyoneCanWhistle'' ** "On The Street Where You Live" from ''Theatre/MyFairLady'' (though the lyrics besides "Whoa, where did verse used in the party go?"song really doesn't work without the dialogue bridge) ** "The Sewing Bee" from ''Theatre/TheGoldenApple'' (whose original cast album was severely abridged in general)
9th Dec '15 8:42:36 AM Random888
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* "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ta-ra-ra_Boom-de-ay Ta-rar-a Boom-de-ay!]]" (Although a lot of people know the melody of the verses as "[[AxeCrazy Lizzie Borden]] took [[CarefulWithThatAxe an axe]]...")
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* "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ta-ra-ra_Boom-de-ay Ta-rar-a Boom-de-ay!]]" (Although a lot of people know the melody of the verses as "[[AxeCrazy Lizzie Borden]] "UsefulNotes/LizzieBorden took [[CarefulWithThatAxe [[AxeCrazy an axe]]...")
1st Dec '15 10:48:34 PM 10-13-2
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** This tends to be true of any other song that is mostly rap lyrics but has a more-or-less melodic chorus, in a sort of inversion of AWildRapperAppears. (Best known is probably DMX's "Party Up" ("Y'all gonna make me lose my mind! Up in HERE! Up in HERE!")
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** This tends to be true of any other song that is mostly rap lyrics but has a more-or-less melodic chorus, in a sort of inversion of AWildRapperAppears. (Best known is probably DMX's "Party Up" ("Y'all Up": "Y'all gonna make me lose my mind! Up in HERE! Up in HERE!")
1st Dec '15 10:44:36 PM 10-13-2
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** This tends to be true of any other song that is mostly rap lyrics but has a more-or-less melodic chorus, in a sort of inversion of AWildRapperAppears. (Best known is probably DMX's "Party Up" ("Y'all gonna make me lose my mind! Up in HERE! Up in HERE!")
1st Dec '15 10:36:09 PM 10-13-2
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* Prince's [[{{Film/Batman}} "Batdance"]] has ''got'' to qualify. While it is admittedly far more of a dance number than a "sing-along" song, most people are unlikely to remember more than about 10 percent of the lyrics at best (assuming they can remember it at all). In fact, the one line (besides the chorus) that ''everyone'' seems to remember is the very first one ("Oh, I got a live one here!") - and that's only because radio deejays loved to play it as an out-of-context gag soundbite for years afterward.
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* Prince's [[{{Film/Batman}} "Batdance"]] has ''got'' to qualify. While it is admittedly far more of a [[StupidStatementDanceMix dance number number]] than a "sing-along" song, most people are unlikely to remember more than about 10 percent of the lyrics at best (assuming they can remember it at all).all). It doesn't help that the lyrics come faster and faster as the song rolls on, until by the finale they are all being uttered simultaneously. In fact, the one line (besides the chorus) that ''everyone'' seems to remember is the very first one ("Oh, I got a live one here!") - and that's only because radio deejays loved to play it as an out-of-context gag soundbite for years afterward.

* "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs.
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* "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs.Pharaohs. (Can you remember anything other than "It's the thing to do"?)

** "Macarena" by Los Del Rio, with many Americans only knowing the "HEEEEEEEEEEEY Macarena!" bit.
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** "Macarena" by Los Del Rio, with many Americans only knowing the "HEEEEEEEEEEEY Macarena!" bit. Ironically, the entire chorus is in Spanish, whereas the verses are in English and so should be more well known to Americans.
1st Dec '15 10:28:35 PM 10-13-2
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This is true of many songs from Tin Pan Alley days, which have verses which have been long forgotten by everybody but music geeks. It doesn't help that publishers often remove the verses of these songs to save pages.
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This is true of many songs from Tin Pan Alley days, which have verses which have been long forgotten by everybody but music geeks. It doesn't help that publishers often remove the verses of these songs to save pages. pages. Also an EnforcedTrope in most TV advertisements that [[RepurposedPopSong use late twentieth-century pop songs]], apparently because the advertisers want to pay as few royalties as possible.
24th Oct '15 11:00:12 AM nombretomado
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* "Give Peace a Chance" by JohnLennon. Since the chorus is only one couplet, repeated as necessary, that takes this trope near the limit. But it's understandable: the chorus is simple and timeless; the verses are tonguetwisters, and they are less timeless. ** The "forgotten verses" effect is perhaps heightened by the fact that current live concert performances of the song by PaulMcCartney as a tribute to his former bandmate include only the familiar refrain, usually as part of a medley with another song. (For example, since at least 2009, Music/TheBeatles' "A Day in the Life" has been the song that segues into the refrain of "Give Peace a Chance".)
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* "Give Peace a Chance" by JohnLennon.Music/JohnLennon. Since the chorus is only one couplet, repeated as necessary, that takes this trope near the limit. But it's understandable: the chorus is simple and timeless; the verses are tonguetwisters, and they are less timeless. ** The "forgotten verses" effect is perhaps heightened by the fact that current live concert performances of the song by PaulMcCartney Music/PaulMcCartney as a tribute to his former bandmate include only the familiar refrain, usually as part of a medley with another song. (For example, since at least 2009, Music/TheBeatles' "A Day in the Life" has been the song that segues into the refrain of "Give Peace a Chance".)
25th Sep '15 10:52:02 PM nombretomado
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* A scene in ''Film/CanadianBacon'' has [[ThreeAmigos John Candy and the other two guys]] singing the chorus of "Born in the USA" and "{{Oklahoma}}!" over and over again because they don't know the rest of the lyrics.
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* A scene in ''Film/CanadianBacon'' has [[ThreeAmigos John Candy and the other two guys]] singing the chorus of "Born in the USA" and "{{Oklahoma}}!" "Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}!" over and over again because they don't know the rest of the lyrics.
23rd Sep '15 3:29:43 PM Narsil
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As described, "Waltzing Matilda" doesn't fit the trope, since (according to the entry) people know the first verse as well as the chorus.
* If you've ever heard "Waltzing Matilda" chances are you've only ever heard not only the first verse and the chorus, but you'll also hear them ''misquoted''. The song itself is about a swagman who steals a "jumbuck" (sheep), then [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled drowns instead of letting the police take him]]. And everyone misquotes the line as "''You'll'' come a-Waltzing Matilda with ''me''" (The swagman sings "''Who'll'' come...", while the troopers sing "''You'll'' come a-Waltzing Matilda with ''we''".) ** Not to mention, the original lyrics for the chorus were set to a different tune. -->"Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, my darling?\\ Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda with me?\\ Waltzing Matilda and leading a water-bag\\ Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda with me?" ** Interestingly, some people were introduced to the original, full version as children thanks to ''Series/ShiningTimeStation''.
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