So you're listening to a song, and as it hits the last chorus (or sometimes verse) the guitar (and often bass guitar too), will drop out, leaving just the vocals and drumbeat, giving the lyrics a little more weight until the rest of the instruments return.

Or something like that. While which instruments drop out varies (and when), generally only one or two accompany the vocals during this section.

This trope can even apply in sections where vocal parts are dropped away too, depending on how it's done; the only reason vocals and rhythm instruments seemed to used for this so often is their sheer ubiquity.

Regardless of the specifics, this is a technique used to control song pace. It is [[SeenItAMillionTimes very common]], but that doesn't make it [[TropesAreNotBad any less effective.]]

Overlaps with many other techniques, and rather often, including LastChorusSlowDown (since this section is often at a slower tempo). May be followed by any sort of ending tropes, or may end the song itself. It can just as easily open the song too.

Too many of these can make the uncut song less suitable for [[RhythmGame Rhythm Games]].

Compare StopAndGo, which is also a lull in the song but one that's more like someone hit the pause button.

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!!Examples:

* Praise music. All the time.
* In old-fashioned hymnody, the organist will often play a softer, simpler accompaniment to the next-to-last stanza so that the last will sound thunderous by comparison.
* Classical and operatic music was almost always written for very full orchestras. Let's just say the "rest" symbol in musical notation is used often.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBrbpWwWafQ Oh, Pretty Woman]]" by Music/RoyOrbison (for short bit near the end)
** Mean Woman Blues too.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcxM3Xhho78 God Willing]]" By the DropkickMurphys (the last iteration of the chorus)
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bXMi3PSyW8 Can't Stand Losing You]]" by ThePolice uses it to powerful effect near the middle of the song, making all the LyricalDissonance much more noticeable.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwtuUbMBffw Devil's Dance Floor]]" by Music/FloggingMolly does this all throughout the song.
* "Float On" by Music/ModestMouse, right at the end of the song.
* "Seven" and "FTK" by VAGIANT
* "Young" by Music/HollywoodUndead
* In "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by {{Queen}}, near the end all the instruments drop out and it's just vocals and clapping.
** "Somebody To Love" does this as well (you know where).
** As does "We Will Rock You" (but you knew that one)
** "Dragon Attack" and "Dancer" both pull the trick of cutting to super-Queen-choir-vocals and percussion.
* BonJovi's "You Give Love A Bad Name" is another good example.
* "Make Me Lose Control" by Eric Carmen goes a capella near the end.
* I keep coming across anime themes that do this for ''very'' short periods of time and still make it sound good. [[BoboboboBobobo "Wild Challenger"]] does it for one measure. [[TheSlayers "Give A Reason For Life"]], two beats.
* Both verses of {{Switchfoot}}'s "Meant to Live"
* "Time Bomb" by the Old 97's
* "Black Betty" both the Ram Jam and Spiderbait versions
* "Don't Stop Believin'" by Music/{{Journey}}.
** Also "Any Way You Want it"
* "Let There Be Rock" by [[Music/AcDc AC/DC]]
** Also "Jailbreak," "Soul Stripper," and quite a bit of Bon Scott-era AC/DC...
** For Angus Young, "Shoot To Thrill".
* "Give It Away" by the RedHotChiliPeppers
* "Runaway" by the YeahYeahYeahs (among others)
* The WhiteStripes do this often - their two-person band structure seems to lend itself to this.
* "Ballroom Blitz" by Music/{{Sweet}} could be said to have this as its default state. The chorus has full instrumentation, and the verses only have vocals and drums.
* "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus features only drum accompaniment on the next-to-last chorus.
* So does "Wild at Heart" by Gloriana.
* ZacBrownBand loves this trope. The last verse of "Chicken Fried" has only nylon-string guitar; the end of "Colder Weather" goes from ''a cappella'' to only a piano backing, and the midsection of "Keep Me in Mind" is at a slower tempo with just piano and synthesized strings.
* "Chains and Leather" and "Prisoners of Our Time" by Music/RunningWild both have a part where only drums are heard in the background of the chorus.
* Inverted with Music/BillyIdol's "Eyes Without a Face": the subdued song has one sped-up section with heavy guitars.
* Music/LimpBizkit's "Eat You Alive".
* Music/GreenDay's "AmericanIdiot" has it on both multi-section songs: "Jesus of Suburbia" has "Dearly Beloved," and "Homecoming" has "Nobody Likes You".
** There's also the piano-and-vocals section towards the end of "Tales From Another Broken Home" in "Jesus of Suburbia."
** Used effectively in the Broadway version of "Homecoming", where everything but vocals and the bass drum drops out when [[spoiler:Jimmy kills himself.]]
* Fatboy Slim's "The Rockafeller Skank".
* "You Better You Bet" (among others) by Music/TheWho.
** Their most famous example is probably "Won't Get Fooled Again," where towards the end everything drops out but the hypnotic synthesized backing track, which is then broken by the most famous MetalScream ever.
* "Old Time Rock and Roll" by Music/BobSeger.
* ''Music/{{Dragonforce}}'' has done this on occasion, with "Valley of the Damned" being the most notable.
* "Atlas" by Battles.
* "Music/KnightsOfCydonia" by {{Music/Muse}}
* "Beautiful Day" by the Levellers.
* Music/{{Disturbed}} does this quite a bit: qualifying songs include "Stupify," "Numb," "Want," "Sons of Plunder," "Forgiven," "Pain Redefined," "Perfect Insanity," and "Haunted".
* There's a variant on this in "Opio" by Heroes del Silencio. In the first couple verses, the guitar notes are low, and there's a second singer pseudo-growling the lyrics in harmony with the lead singer, and those verses are pretty similar, to top it all off. In the third verse, however, the growl drops out, leaving the lead singer's voice a lot clearer, the guitar is played higher and lighter, and the lyrics are noticeably different.
* This is played with by Music/FairToMidland. They often have a verse/chorus contrast in their songs, but obvious examples are "Dance of the Manatee," "Kyla Cries Cologne," "Vice/Versa," "Walls of Jericho," and "A Wolf Descends Upon The Spanish Sahara." Generally, these {{Subdued Section}}s are after a heavier portion of the song, and in "Kyla Cries Cologne" and "Wolf Descends" the SubduedSection is a softer iteration of the bridge.
* "Help!" by Music/TheBeatles.
* "Lighten Up [=McGraw=]" by Crack The Sky drops everything but the piano and vocals for the ending chorus.
* "Nine in the Afternoon" by [[Music/PanicAtTheDisco Panic! at the Disco]]. The coda gradually decreases in volume and instrumentation.
* "Vale Decem," a track used over the Tenth Doctor's regeneration in ''Series/DoctorWho'', drops the [[AltumVidetur Latin vocals]] and the instruments to just the Chorus holding a note so that Ten can say "[[spoiler:I don't want to go.]]"
* "Literature/RimeOfTheAncientMariner" by Music/IronMaiden has the [[SpokenWordInMusic spoken bridge]] and the start of the following verse.
** The first part of "Powerslave"'s bridge, before the speedup and solo.
* The interlude of TypeONegative's "Haunted," which also has [[SpokenWordInMusic spoken-word lyrics]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UokTE-njLRA "Pushit"]] by {{Tool}} builds until about halfway through when it cuts to a much more mellow section.
** Many Tool songs have this trope, especially on ''Lateralus''.
* Found in several songs by Music/TheSmashingPumpkins, including "Mayonaise" and "Bodies."
* Seen in more than a few Music/BreakingBenjamin songs, notably "Sooner or Later," which combines this trope with LastChorusSlowdown.
* Nearly every single song by {{Xera}} features these.
* The Voices of East Harlem's "Sisters and Brothers" has this after the bridge, then [[NightmareFuel suddenly crescendos]] into the TruckDriversGearChange and final chorus.
* [[EndingFatigue The lengthy coda]] of The Slip's "Even Rats".
* After two normal-tempo verses and choruses, the third verse of "Macarthur Park" is a subdued section, followed by a faster instrumental break (which is then repeated) and a LastChorusSlowdown.
* In [[{{Iamamiwhoami}} iamamiwhoami]]'s single [[http://youtu.be/LEoGQU_k78k "y"]]. In the video, the SubduedSection corresponds with the Mandragora seeing the mysterious child.
* Music/NineInchNails. They have so many songs with this, a few examples will suffice: "Mr. Self Destruct," "Heresy," "Ruiner," "No You Don't," "Starfuckers Inc.," "With Teeth..." [[MagnumOpus The Downward Spiral]] time period had a lot of this in particular.
* "Taking Over Me," "Sick," "Imaginary," "My Heart Is Broken," and "The Other Side" by {{Evanescence}}.
* "[[Music/TheRamones HEY!!! HO!!! LET'S GO!!!]]"
* "I Don't Love You" by MyChemicalRomance is already subdued compared to the other songs on TheBlackParade, (in fact, this and "Cancer" might be considered the SubduedSection for the album as a whole) but right after the guitar solo all of the instrumentals drop out except for some quiet piano. Then everything explodes for the final lines.
* Instrumental version from Metallica's "To Live is to Die." The song suddenly gets very quiet in the middle, and it's one of the biggest [[TearJerker tear jerkers]] in the band's history, as it (and the whole song) is to memorialize [[LeadBassist Cliff Burton.]]
* [[http://youtu.be/X7bHe--mp1g "Little Lion Man"]] by Mumford & Sons, the end of the song, follows a pretty loud, and faster, section where every instrument is playing, the band are stamping on the floor along with the percussion, suddenly, only vocals (and one last guitar strum). Fantastic.
* Video game example: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ9YUyBkoYg "Raisin' Me Up"]] from ''{{VideoGame/Sonic Rush}}'' does this toward the end, with only the drums and vocals playing.
* Deep Purple "Strange Kind of Woman" in its live versions. There is a long, long section where Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore and Ian Paice hold the fort. To a steady drum-beat, Blackmore and Gillan play a game where Blackmore sounds a riff, and Gillan sings it back to him note for note (and vice versa). Bass and Keyboards are nowhere to be seen for anything up to five minutes - maybe they're round the back having a sly smoke with the roadies.
* Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine's "Dog Days Are Over" and "Cosmic Love", both with dramatic drops in volume and instrumentals during the bridge.
* In {{Radiohead}}'s ''Creep'', the last chorus omits the distorted guitar that's in the previous ones and brings in subdued piano chords instead.
* Bach's recitative and aria combo in the cantata ''Herr Jesu Christ, wahr’ Mensch und Gott'' (BWV 127) is famed because of its multiple Subdued Sections. This movement, the 4th of the cantata, has been called a century ahead of its time - no other work of the Baroque era has such an interesting combination of loud and soft sections.
* The ending of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIUmApXqJAk "Two Lips, Two Lungs, and One Tongue" by Nomeansno]]. As they repeat the chorus and [[LastChorusSlowdown slow the tempo]], an instrument is dropped on each repetition until the final chorus is a cappella.
* "The South" by The Cadillac Three is mostly a rowdy Southern rock song, but it has a break about 3/4 of the way through that is just Music/FloridaGeorgiaLine, Music/DierksBentley, and Eli Young Band lead singer Mike Eli repeating "This is where I was born and this is I will die" a cappella.
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