Created By: rocketman0739 on March 13, 2011
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Stealth Lyric

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Obligatory. Anyway, this is basically where a song lyric is oddly different--it's not quite Lyrical Dissonance, because the lyrics generally match the tone, but maybe in one verse they sing a line slightly different, and it's a significantly different meaning. Like in "Pokerface" when she sings "f**k her face" and it's very easy to miss, or in "July, July!" when he switches "the water rolls down the drain" to "the blood rolls down the drain" for one iteration.
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  • March 14, 2011
    RealSlimShadowen
    For further demonstrative purposes, though it's too overt to count, the final verse of Nickelback's Figured You Out: Chad Kroeger repeats the first verse, but replace "love" with "hate". Perhaps it should be renamed or repurposed to reflect the technique of subtly and not-so-subtly switching out lyrics at the end of a song to change the meaning or implications in general, not just stealthy ones? Because the latter is pretty common, but the former is probably more common than Lyrical Dissonance.

    • In The Sharpest Lives, from My Chemical Romance's The Black Parade, the standard line in the chorus is "Burn all the empires" (rhyming with "vampires" in the next line), but the final one uses "Burn all the embers" (rhyming with the previous lines of "shot to remember" and "I will surrender"). The song is about drug use, the line change perhaps implying that the singer is "burned out"?
  • March 14, 2011
    rocketman0739
    How about some variant of Lyric Swap?
  • March 14, 2011
    DarkSasami
    The final verse of Queen's "One Vision" ends with "Just gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, fried chicken". Bit of a different meaning.
  • March 14, 2011
    TwinBird
    I don't think she actually sings "fuck her face."

    Although in "Twentieth Century Boy," Marc transposes the words "boy" and "toy" in the last two refrains.
  • March 14, 2011
    rocketman0739
    There's a pretty large segment of listeners who are sure she does. Anyway, it can go in as an "uncertain".
  • March 14, 2011
    Kain
    The last repetition of the chorus in The Offspring's "You're Gonna Go Far Kid" replaces "With a thousand lies and a good disguise" with "Clever alibis, lord of the flies."
  • March 15, 2011
    rocketman0739
    But what about the title?
  • March 16, 2011
    rocketman0739
    If no one replies for a while I'm going to launch this under "Lyric Swap".
  • March 16, 2011
    fulltimeD
    The narrator of Nick Cave's "The Mercy Seat" (about a man on death row) insists that he is innocent ("And anyway I told the truth"). The chorus always ends with the lines "And I am not afraid to die," until the last time it is sung, when the line is changed to "But I'm afraid I told a lie."
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