You hear a song coming on the radio. You know the song. You love the song. It's one of your favorites. You're all ready to belt out the start of the song but... the intro keeps playing. Cue embarrassment. You should have waited Four More Measures.

The bane of karaoke singers everywhere, Four More Measures is a music trope relating to songs that trick people into thinking they are about to launch before they do, causing hilarity for everyone in the vicinity. It's particularly bad for songs with an EpicInstrumentalOpener ([[SlowPacedBeginning even more if it doesn't seem to end]]).
!!Examples of Songs That Cause This Include:
* Music/JamesBlunt's "You're Beautiful". Especially notable as the singer himself screws it up in the version [[ThrowItIn released to the public.]] The Music/WeirdAlYankovic parody lampshades this fact.
* Trent Reznor did a similar gaffe in the Music/NineInchNails song "Discipline".
* "Bubbly" by Colbie Caillat also hangs a lampshade on it, with the singer asking "Can you count me in?" So she ''doesn't'' screw it up.
* Music/{{Journey}}'s "Don't Stop Believing"
* Music/BobSeger's "Old Time Rock And Roll"... remember, the piano goes ''twice''.
* Similarly, Music/JethroTull's "Aqualung" from ''[[Music/AqualungJethroTullAlbum Aqualung]]''; the [[EpicRiff opening riff]] is played twice, but for some reason, mp3s tend to cut off the first one.
* Music/GreenDay's "Good Riddance". It's not helped by the two false starts on guitar at the beginning either.
* Music/LedZeppelin's "Tangerine". It takes Jimmy Page a couple tries to get the tempo right.
** Similarly, towards the end of "Immigrant Song", Robert Plant does [[StopAndGo a false start right before keeping up with the tempo to sing "So now you'd better stop..."]]
* Music/{{Disturbed}}'s cover of "Land of Confusion" can throw off those more familiar with the original Music/{{Genesis}} version, as the Disturbed version repeats the opening riff.
* The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie". "Me see.... (drums here) Me see Jamaica, the moon above." This is a slightly justified example, as the band had believed they were merely doing a rehearsal of the song.
* Inverted in the single release of the Creator/MontyPython Lumberjack song. The music attempts to transition from the epic listing of trees to the actual singing portion, but when the singer keeps listing, it goes back to its epic tones, almost as if it were ashamed.
* When recording "Creep", Music/{{Radiohead}} guitarist Johnny Greenwood came in too early before the chorus (some sources say this was intentional and that he wanted to ruin the song). However, the rest of the band liked it and decided to ThrowItIn.
* Music/PinkFloyd's "Time" from ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'', noted for its long intro section.
* The Music/VelvetUnderground's "All Tomorrow's Parties" from ''Music/TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico''.
* Music/{{Oasis}}' "Wonderwall" - man, that intro goes on FOREVER... (more precisely it's a whooping 16 measures long)
* Music/{{Metallica}}'s "Creeping Death", just before the "die" section - it seems just a tad too long.
** The intro to "Orion" also is subject to this.
** Corey Taylor fell victim to this trope covering this song with Music/{{Trivium}} and [[MachineHead Robb Flynn]].
* Music/TheWho's [[Music/WhosNext "Baba O'Riley"]] (aka [[RefrainFromAssuming Teenage Wasteland]]).
* Music/{{MGMT}}'s "Electric Feel" from ''Music/OracularSpectacular'' sure does take its time.
* Happens a multitude of times in the song "Everything Else" by [[EverythingElse the group of the same name.]] l
* This can be heard during Music/DaftPunk's Alive 2007 LiveAlbum. Twice. The first time during "One More Time/Aerodynamic", in which the intro from "One More Time" was extended an extra bar causing hilarity when members of the crowd were heard trying to sing along, and again during "Superheroes/Human After All/Rock'n Roll", in which if you listen ''very'' closely, you can hear some audience members singing along too soon.
* "I Saw Her Again (Last Night)" by The Mamas and the Papas has a false start at the last chorus, but it works well, so the band [[ThrowItIn left it in]].
* Music/EmilieAutumn plays the Manipulator Mix of "Dead is the New Alive" at her gigs, which repeats the first line before launching into the pre-chorus. Gig-goers accustomed to the album version, to Autumn's often delight, will launch into the pre-chorus early.
* {{Invoked|Trope}} in Music/{{Psychostick}}'s "#1 Radio $ingle", a {{parody}} of commercialized radio rock which adds a NarmCharm-ishly flashy harmonics section after the initial distorted guitar opening.
* In Music/{{Pink}}'s "Raise Your Glass", the singer herself screws up the timing at the climax: "''So raise your''... aw, fuck."[[note]]Possibly on purpose, related to the theme of misfits and screw ups just accepting and moving on or even celebrating the way they don't fit in.[[/note]]
* In "Polly" from ''Music/{{Nevermind}}'' by Music/{{Nirvana}}, Kurt comes in with "Polly says" before Krist finishes his bass riff. This was even done on purpose in the faster "(New Wave) Polly" version.
* Music/TheBeatles did this on some of the unused recordings later released as part of ''Music/TheBeatlesAnthology'', such as on "I Am The Walrus" where John Lennon comes in too early with the line "Yellow matter custard dripping from a dead dog's eye".
* Music/{{Ride}}'s "Dreams Burn Down".
* Music/DeathCabForCutie spends about half of the eight-minute epic "I Will Possess Your Heart" doing this before the lyrics finally come in. "Doors Unlocked and Open" does this to a slightly lesser extent.
* It would probably take less time to list the few songs by Music/TheCure that ''don't'' have intros that either go on forever or have the vocals kick in four measures later than everybody thinks.
* Really, any band is liable to do this in live concerts, as a form of improvisation.
* Inverted with the game version of Aoi Tori from ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster'', which starts two beats early - more obvious if one compares it to the M@STER version.