A common feature of TheMusical is the Patter Song, a light and rapid melody sung by a {{Motormouth}} character Ė less commonly, more than one. This will often take the form of a LongList, resulting in a ListSong. Very commonly the song will involve tongue-twisters that test the singerís ability to pronounce the lyrics clearly, and occasionally the ability is tested even further by raising the tempo of the song little by little until it goes at a frighteningly fast pace. A semi-patter song is a [[DownplayedTrope toned down version]] that has a patter song feel, but where the words are more important than the rapid delivery.

Creator/GilbertAndSullivan are inextricably associated with this form, which they [[OlderThanTheyThink did not invent]] but are [[TropeCodifier credited with perfecting]].

The MajorGeneralSong, which parodies and/or homages a Gilbert & Sullivan song, is a common example.
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You will find that as a rule in ev'ry [[TheMusical Broadway presentation]]\\
(Or perhaps the London West End, if that should be the location),\\
That at some point in the drama, all the action turns to stasis―\\
(Because, after all, how many shows make plotting their main basis?)\\
And a {{Motormouth}} or three will more or less expressly chatter\\
In a light and rapid melody--more technic'ly, a [[PatterSong patter]].\\
Since a LongList is a structure that no writer can resist long,\\
You will ofttimes find the [[PatterSong Patter]] overlapping with the ListSong.\\
Though it uses terms so ''[[GratuitousFrench recherchťs]]'', the singers' tongues are twisted,\\
Each author still will use the trope, as here on this page, ''[[SelfDemonstratingArticle this]]'' [[SelfDemonstratingArticle did]]--\\
But because to try explaining what the trope entails quite tramples\\
On our Tropers' little patience, let us on to the examples:\\
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!!Examples:

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* In the AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio adventure ''[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho043DoctorWhoAndThePirates Doctor Who and the Pirates]]'', the Sixth Doctor sings "I Am The Very Model of a Gallifreyan Buccaneer". Listen to it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00T_ft5RCdc here]].

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* In the MusicalEpisode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', Dr Cox's traditional long, funny rant becomes this.
* The theme song to ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is a patter song performed by Music/TheBareNakedLadies.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* This was one of DannyKaye's signatures.
** Remarkably averted in ''Film/ASongIsBorn''. (Danny's songwriter wife refused to write any songs for the film as they were estranged at the time.)
* "The Interrogation Song" by Sam the Eagle, Jean-Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell) and Franchise/TheMuppets, from ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted''.
-->'''Jean-Pierre''': You know, I think they did it.\\
'''Sam''': No they didnít!\\
'''Jean-Pierre''': Yes they did, and we can pin it.\\
'''Sam''': If they did, how did they do it?\\
'''Jean-Pierre''': If they didnít, how did they didnít?\\
'''Sam''': If they didnít then itís easy,\\
íCause they simply didnít do it!\\
'''Jean-Pierre''': If they did it, then I knew it,\\
But weíve nothing that can prove it!

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[[folder: Music ]]

* "One Week" by Music/BarenakedLadies.
* "I've Just Seen a Face" by Music/TheBeatles.
* "Une Valse ŗ Mille Temps" by Music/JacquesBrel.
* "A Wolf at the Door" by Music/{{Radiohead}} is unusually dark in tone for a PatterSong, but no less rapid-fire (though it has longer-than-usual spaces between the pattery verses). However, the choruses are slightly slower.
* "88 Lines about 44 Women" by The Nails.
* "Johnny Tulloch", by The Rankin Family, featuring rapid fire lists of people piled in a wagon for a dance in Glencoe, and a story about the dance. Towards the end of the song, there's even scat singing from the women in the group while the male singer lists the names of those in the wagon.
* "It's The End of the World as We Know It" by {{REM}}.
* "Hardware Store" by Music/WeirdAlYankovic, which is also partially a ListSong when Al starts rattling off things the hardware store in question sells.
** It's one song Al refuses to perform live because he doesn't think he can do it again.
** "Your Horoscope for Today" isn't fast enough for the whole song to count, but the bridge does, when he says all this in about twenty seconds:
-->Now you may find it inconceivable or at the\\
Very least a bit unlikely that the relative position\\
Of the planets and the stars could have some special deep significance\\
Or meaning that exclusively applies to only you\\
But let me give you my assurance that these forecasts and predictions\\
Are all based on solid scientific documented evidence\\
So you would have to be some kind of moron not to realize\\
That every single one of them is absolutely true\\
''Where was I?''
* Steve Goodie's ''Franchise/HarryPotter''-themed parody [[http://www.thefump.com/fump.php?id=1191 "Dumbledore"]] is likewise an example.
* "Subterranean Homesick Blues" by BobDylan.
* Pretty much ''everything'' Vio-Lence ever recorded.
* Virginia-based [[http://carbonleaf.com/ Carbon Leaf]] revived a traditional song from the U.K. (opinions vary as to whether it's Scottish or Irish) called "Mary Mac". Their official recorded version may be heard [[http://youtu.be/FmEbbJ0c5xw here]]. Be sure to check out a few of their live versions, as well. Note that any tropers who wish to upload their own versions should try to increase the tempo at every verse *and* every repetition of the chorus, to show off just how good they are.
* TimMinchin's "Pope Song" has shades of this:
* Matisyahu - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsFpUW48Tnc King Without A Crown]]
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDCtBBb0Cx4 Goin' Down]]" by TheMonkees is a fast-paced, upbeat song... about a guy having second thoughts after trying to drown himself.
* Kirby Krackle's "Who Watches the Watcher," which is used as the theme song of Marvel's online news show "The Watcher," features a major section that rattles off a list of Marvel characters who watch the Watcher.
* ChameleonCircuit's Big Bang 2, which summarizes the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode named "The Big Bang."
* The song "I've Been Everywhere" was originally written by Geoff Mack and popularized by Lucky Starr (both Australian) and featured a rapid-fire list of Australian cities the author had visited. It was later famously rewritten by Hank Snow to feature cities from the USA and recorded in that form by many, many other artists including Lynn Anderson, Asleep At The Wheel, and Johnny Cash.
* Many of [[JimmyDurante Jimmy Durante's]] songs were these, due to his idosyncratic singing style. Three prime examples are "Inka-dinka-doo", "Chibodee-chobodee-chibodee" and "Durante, The Patron of the Arts."
* {{Barbra Streisand}}'s "Minute Waltz" and "Come to the Supermarket in Old Peking," which is also a {{List Song}} of said supermarket's more notable merchandise.
* Rolf Harris' "Court of King Caractacus."
* A Heavy Metal example: "Shenanigans" by S.O.D.

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* Convincing John's self-titled song on ''Series/FraggleRock'' is a patter song, as he fast-talks his fellow Fraggles into believing his InsaneTrollLogic.
* ''Series/SpittingImage'' used the Gilbert and Sullivan song "My Eyes Are Fully Open" to parody Neil Kinnock's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1rJW2P2rFY reputation for talking really fast, without talking much about anything at all.]]

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* The TropeCodifier are the comic operas of Creator/GilbertAndSullivan, everyone of which has at least one patter-song (most often these were originally written for the actor George Grossmith). Specific examples:
** Perhaps the most prominent example is "I am the very model of a [[ModernMajorGeneral modern major-general]]" from ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance''. [[MajorGeneralSong Many patter songs since then are inspired by this.]]
** "How Beautifully Blue the Sky", also from ''The Pirates of Penzance'', has the entire women's chorus singing patter in 2/4 time while the romantic leads sing a duet in 3/4 time--at the same time.
** "When You're Lying Awake" (often called "The Nightmare Song") from ''Theatre/{{Iolanthe}}''
** "My Name is John Wellington Wells" from ''Theatre/TheSorcerer''.
** In the trio, "My Eyes Are Fully Open" from ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}'', which is the fastest of the G&S patter songs, Gilbert and Sullivan [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] their own notoriety for patter songs (and the difficulty in understanding them when sung). As the song says,
-->''"This particularly rapid, unintelligible patter / Isn't generally heard, and if it is it doesn't matter!"''
** "As Someday It May Happen" (a.k.a. [[RefrainFromAssuming the "Little List" song]]) from ''Theatre/TheMikado'' lists people who would not be missed if they were to be executed. Modern productions of ''The Mikado'' invariably rewrite this one to incorporate topical and local events, especially as the original lyrics explicitly invite the performer (or producer) to add their own lines:
-->''"The task of filling up the blanks I rather leave to you, but it really doesn't matter whom you put upon the list, 'cause they'd none of them be missed, they'd none of them be missed."''
** The final verse of "I Am So Proud" from ''The Mikado''. The trio begins with each character singing their part in sequence, then in counterpoint, and totally skips that format at the end with the trio singing a brief patter.
** ''Theatre/{{Patience}}'' has a true patter song in "If You Want a Receipt"[[note]]notable for being perhaps the only patter solo in the series that is not sung by the comic lead[[/note]] and a semi-patter song in "If You're Anxious for to Shine".
* One famous instances of a Gilbert and Sullivan-inspired patter song is "The Elements Song" by Music/TomLehrer; he rhymed all the chemical element names from the Periodic Table (at least, all the ones that were known at the time; several more have been discovered since [[note]] Lehrer knew this was going to happen - the last words of the song are "These are the only [elements] of which the news has come to Harvard, and there may be many others but they haven't been [[PainfulRhyme discahvered"]].[[/note]]) and set them to the tune of the MajorGeneralSong.
** Another example by Lehrer is his view of what Gilbert and Sullivan would do with ''Clementine.'' While he calls it a "rousing finale", the song is actually a patter song.
* ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' has "Notes" in the first act, which is a patter song with an increasing number of people all singing angrily at each other until the Phantom shuts them up.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz45Vtjfbpk "Clarice Cara Mia Sposa"]] by {{Mozart}}.
** ''Theatre/DonGiovanni'' has "Fin ch'han dal vino calda la testa", sung by Don Giovanni organizing a party.
* "Tschaikowsky (and Other Russians)" lyrics by IraGershwin and music by KurtWeill, first performed by DannyKaye in ''Theatre/LadyInTheDark''.
* "Both Sides of the Coin" from ''Theatre/{{Drood}}''.
* "Contini Submits" and Necrophorus' part in "Folies Bergeres" from ''Nine''.
* "Rock Island" from ''TheMusicMan'' is a rare example involving many people. It also can hardly be considered a song, and it lost its musical accompaniment when the pianist was unavailable. The authors performed it ''a cappella'', and it worked so well that they [[ThrowItIn kept it that way]].
** Oh, and, of course, "Trouble" from the same score is possibly the ''most'' well-known American patter song.
* StephenSondheim loves this:
** "Everybody Says Don't" from ''Theatre/AnyoneCanWhistle'' doesn't keep a consistently fast pace, but has more than enough sixteenth notes to challenge singers.
** "Another Hundred People" and Amy's part of "Getting Married Today" from ''{{Company}}''. The latter is such a fast patter that the printed notes are never sung.
** "Buddy's Blues" from ''Theatre/{{Follies}}''.
** "Now" from ''ALittleNightMusic''.
*** and "Now (It's Just The Gas) from ''LittleShopOfHorrors'' (although not by Sondheim...)
** "Please Hello" from ''PacificOvertures''.
** ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' has some of this in "The Contest," and more in "The Worst Pies In London."
** "Franklin Shepard, Inc." from ''MerrilyWeRollAlong'' has elements of this.
** ''IntoTheWoods'' has an ensemble version of this in "Your Fault", but other bits in the score are similar, such as the Witch and Stepsister's bit in "Ever After".
** Arguably "The Ballad of Czolgosz" from ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}''.
* The Quartet from ''Theatre/{{Chess}}'' has some of this.
* Mr. Graydon's dictation test/interview of Mille in ThoroughlyModernMillie gradually becomes this as they move through the verses. The tune uses "My Eyes Are Fully Open" from Ruddigore. In this case, the music starts off as PAINSTAKINGLY SLOW, and then little by little turns RIDICULOUSLY [[MotorMouth FAST]].
* A song that Jim Steinman wrote for the never produced Franchise/{{Batman}} musical was a patter song. It was written for the Joker character, was entitled "Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?" (Steinman likes long titles) and it goes a little something like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J06bcmbXdZo this]]...
* "The Plan" from ''TheBrainFromPlanetX'' counts as this.
* The verses of "War Is A Science" from ''{{Pippin}}''.
** Made more evident in the revival, in which the verses get EVEN FASTER.
* The [[{{Wikipedia}} other wiki]] has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_patter_songs its own list]]...
* Professor Abronsius' song "Wahrheit" in ''Theatre/TanzDerVampire''.
* Thomas Aquinas's part in ''Theatre/{{Godspell}}'''s "Tower of Babble." "God is apprehended by imagination, intuition...."
** Also from ''Theatre/{{Godspell}}'', Judas/David's verse in "All For The Best."
* "Pulled" from ''Theatre/TheAddamsFamily'' has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nto6SrF1FPA#t=2m15s bridge]] which is a brief, fast-paced ListSong.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_he-mCN2WY "Tonight at Eight"]] from ''She Loves Me''.
* Not a whole song, but the ending of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTuFP0SFLQY The King of Broadway]]" in ''Film/TheProducers'' certainly qualifies.
** So does Leo's part in "We Can Do It"
* Most of the song "The Brain" from the musical version of ''YoungFrankenstein'' ("His Medulla Oblongata / tells his brain stem that itís gotta / send an impulse full of data / which creates a lot of pain"Ö etc).
* "The Red Phone Rag" in ''[[Film/DrStrangelove Strangelove]]: The Musical''.
* "Strike That, Reverse It" in ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' has fun with this trope: A RunningGag within it has Willy Wonka singing so quickly that he keeps accidentally switching words around at the end of verses (InternalHomage to the [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory 1971 film adaptation of this story]]), and in the final stretch he promises "The next time I'll rehearse it". As he presses the guardians of the Golden Ticket finders to sign a contract before proceeding with the tour, his summary of its contents is ''so'' fast -- and filled with both GratuitousLatin '''and''' Gratuitous French -- that Mr. Salt complains "This tempo is preposterous!"
-->'''Wonka:''' ''Our schedule has no room for intros, languid and rubato./ Accelerate right to the verse, [[LampshadeHanging and play it molto presto and staccato!]]''
* In ''Theatre/AlbertHerring'', the Mayor delivers his speech chanting out words at a very fast clip, slowing down only for coloratura cadences, after each of which he takes a big breath.

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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', [[MotorMouth Mordin Solus]] once states that [[ActorAllusion he used to sing Gilbert & Sullivan]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umN7YOsmGl4 always did the Patter Songs]]. It should come as no surprise, seeing as Mordin talks about five times as fast as everyone else anyway.
--->I am the very model of a scientist salarian\\
I've studied species turian, asari, and batarian\\
I'm quite good at genetics (as a subset of biology)\\
because I am an expert (which I know is a tautology)\\
My xenoscience studies range from urban to agrarian\\
I am the very model of a scientist salarian!
** He also did ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'' in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' with a Krogan theme. And if that wasn't enough, he did a song about molecular biology to the tune of ''John Brown's Body'' as well.



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* ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'''s 400th strip special song, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR5DaYuDWYs The History of Nintendo]], has this in the verses.

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* The song "Brand New Day" in ''DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' is a notable example. The whole cast and crew were amazed that NeilPatrickHarris actually managed to sing it.

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* "I Really Don't Hate Christmas" from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb's Christmas Vacation'' is a song in which Dr. Doofenshmirtz sings about how much it bugs him that he can't work up more than "an intense, burning indifference" towards a holiday he, as an evil genius, feels obliged to hate, while [[ListSong rattling off a number of holidays and other things]] that he unambiguously hates.
-->''You see, Valentine's is torture, and my birthday is a mess\\
New Year's is a lot of noise, and Arbor Day's a pest\\
Halloween's a horror, but I guess I must confess\\
That I really don't hate Christmas!''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", the Flim-Flam Brothers get a patter song that's heavily based on the previously mentioned "Trouble" from TheMusicMan.
** Discord gets a patter song in the episode "Three's a Crowd" simply titled "Glass of Water", where [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin he asks for a glass of water]]. [[LongList Along with many, many,]] ''[[LongList many]]'' [[LongList other zany things]].
* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Animaniacs}}'', the segments "Yakko's World" and "All the Words in the English Language", both of which are sung by Yakko, seem to be this.
* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'': Francis X. Bushlad gets brief one (set to the tune of "Modern Major General") extolling the virtues of his lemonade in "Francis Takes a Stand".
* There's a Creator/CartoonNetwork promo listing all the aliens in ''Ben10'' in song form.
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