Created By: HiddenFacedMatt on May 23, 2013 Last Edited By: HiddenFacedMatt on July 31, 2014
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Improvised Lyrics

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This is for contexts in which a song's lyrics are at least partly made up on the spot.

Examples:

  • The 2013 CBC movie Jack portrays Jack Layton as singing a politics-themed version of Home On The Range on a campaign bus when one of his campaign staffers injects his own lyrics spontaneously:
    Jack Layton: Please vote NDP; stuck in third place now for years; and it stinks on this bus, there's 47 of us...
    Campaign staffer: ... and Jack's singing is hurting my ears!
  • In Home Movies, an entire song and dance about Rice is made up on the spot.
  • The lyrics to Deep Purple's Smoke on the water were made up in about five minutes flat because they were running out of studio time and needed another song to fill up the LP with. Allegedly.
  • In the musical Adrift in Macao, a new lounge singer is forced to sing "Pretty Moon over Macao", even though she doesn't know the song. She at least rhymes.
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, detective Eddie Valiant made up a silly song to get the Weasels to laugh themselves to death. When he couldn't think of more lyrics, he switched to an equally silly dance. It worked.
  • In Star Trek: Voyager the Doctor was performing a recital of La Donna e mobile when Tuvok suddenly starts experiencing pon far. The Doctor starts singing improvised lyrics to the same aria to calm and distract Tuvok so he can be sedated.
    Doctor: Tuvok I understand/You are a Vulcan man/You have just gone without/For seven years about/Paris please find a way/To load a hypospray/I will give you the sign/Just aim for his behind...
  • The songs on Whose Line Is It Anyway? are made up on the spot.
  • There are three impov companies in Chicago that nightly put on an entire improvised musicals.
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • May 23, 2013
    TheTitan99
    In Home Movies, an entire song and dance about Rice is made up on the spot.
  • May 23, 2013
    AgProv
    Real Life: the lyrics to Deep Purple's Smoke on the water were made up in about five minutes flat because they were running out of studio time and needed another song to fill up the LP with. Allegedly.
  • June 1, 2013
    Duncan
    In the musical Adrift in Macao, a new lounge singer is forced to sing "Pretty Moon over Macao", even though she doesn't know the song. She at least rhymes.
  • June 1, 2013
    JohnnyCache
    • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, detective Eddie Valiant made up a silly song to get the Weasels to laugh themselves to death. When he couldn't think of more lyrics, he switched to an equally silly dance. It worked.
  • June 1, 2013
    Darthcaliber
    In Star Trek Voyager the Doctor was performing a recital of La Donna e mobile when Tuvok suddenly starts experiencing pon far. The Doctor starts singing improvised lyrics to the same aria to calm and distract Tuvok so he can be sedated.
    Doctor: Tuvok I understand/You are a Vulcan man/You have just gone without/For seven years about/Paris please find a way/To load a hypospray/I will give you the sign/Just aim for his behind...
  • June 1, 2013
    randomsurfer
    The songs on Whose Line Is It Anyway are made up on the spot.

    There used to be an impov company in Chicago which nightly put on an entire improvised musical, but I don't recall the name of the company nor (by extension) whether they're still in buisiness.
  • June 4, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ Please let me know if you find out or eventually recall the name.
  • June 4, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Looking it up now it seems there are/have been at least three:
  • June 4, 2013
    batgirl1
    Not sure how true it is (and wikipedia won't confirm), but someone told me that Alice's Restaurant was made up on the spot by Guthrie to stall for time when the band he was opening for showed up late.
  • June 6, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^^ I'll add all 3 and reword the entry.
  • November 18, 2013
    DAN004
    • The "With Lyrics" series by Brental Floss gives lyrics to lyric-less video game songs.
  • July 30, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Mad About You: When Paul directs his father's seniors group in The Pirates of Penzance Dad forgets the words to "Modern Major General" and improvises a perfectly timed verse all about Paul.
  • July 31, 2014
    bejjinks
    Many of these songs are not actually made up on the spot. They were written in such a way that the actor could portray them as if they were written on the spot.
  • July 31, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Most things we trope about are "written in such a way...". We trope fiction, which somebody wrote and then someone else performed. Are you going to complain about Seamless Spontaneous Lie because the writer wrote the character's lie?
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