->'''Vice-President Matthews''' ''(eulogizing)'': Mrs. Sherman told me Charlie had a favorite song, one that cheered him up...
->'''President Haney:''' Please God, don't let him quote lyrics.
->'''Matthews:''' ...Muskrat Susie, Muskrat Sam. Do the jitterbug out in Muskrat Land. And they shimmy, ''([[MistakenForProfound voice cracks]])'' and Sammy's ''so skinny.''
-->-- ''Film/MyFellowAmericans''

''Who first sang that song?... Let's keep it that way.''

Bob and Alice are talking, and you the viewer can't help but notice that there is something weird with Bob's dialogue. When he finishes speaking it turns out that Bob was using the lyrics to a well known song to make his point. Alternatively, Bob could have been singing, but the fact that the song was mainstream was hidden due to the fact that the song could have been reworked or sounded more appropriate to the character's situation than it actually was. Either way, the writers have made a joke by subtly slipping a popular song into the events of a show and then revealing it. Writers, like all people, just love to play with words.

This is a favorite trick of time-travelers or ambassadors to alien civilizations, who will break out song lyrics whenever they need to say something vaguely intellectual-sounding. This often seems to manifest as a game of dueling aphorisms with a local philosopher, who will always end up being impressed with such an obviously learned man. See ImMrFuturePopCultureReference. This is also a common trait of the PopCulturedBadass and the CloudCuckooLander

Obviously, if the viewer knows the song well, they'll see the joke coming, but the joke is intended for a larger audience who are aware of the song but wouldn't know the lyrics by heart. If it appears in a children's show, it likely doubles as a ParentalBonus.

When used in FanFiction, this is SongFic. Not to be confused with ThatRemindsMeOfASong, [[Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue "One Song To The Tune Of Another"]] or "[[http://kissthisguy.com/3151misheard.htm singing]] [[{{Mondegreen}} the wrong lyrics]]". Also has no relationship to [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha a certain]] MagicalGirl.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:General]]
* "CRAAAAAAAWLIIIIIING IN MY SKIIIIIIN", the refrain of Music/LinkinPark's "Crawling", has become a StockPhrase for mocking {{Wangst}}. Sometimes it's followed by the next line: "these wounds, they will not heal". Or a paraphrase or snowclone of it.
* The first run of ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'' ended with a speech containing a paraphrased line from "The End" by Music/TheDoors.
* Old joke:
-->Man: Doctor, doctor! I keep singing The Green Green Grass of Home.
-->Doctor: Hmm, sounds like you've got Music/TomJones syndrome.
-->Man: Is it common?
-->Doctor: It's not unusual.
* Other old joke:
-->A: Who were that band who did "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2sMuVPMkkk Tiger Feet]]"?
-->B: Mud.
-->A: That's right, that's right, that's right, that's right...
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5HCo2a5CEU This Commercial]] by Nortel features a CEO giving a rather bizarre inspirational speech to his company, which turns out to be Music/TheBeatles' "Come Together".
* One advert for Virgin Media has the narrator reciting the lyrics to "Our House" by Madness.
* A State Farm ad has a customer and a rep unconsciously quoting "Any Way You Want It," until the customer notices. "We just had ourselves a little Music/{{Journey}} moment there."
* [[http://vimeo.com/24604336 This]] Fiat Punto advert.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Near the end of ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' volume 5, Scott says [[spoiler:to Ramona before she disappears]], "I don't care who you are, or where you're from, or... what you did. [[Music/BackstreetBoys As long as you love me.]]"
* There was a panel of ''Comicbook/YoungJustice'' where the characters end up quoting "War" and lampshading it: "War?" "What is it good for?" "Absolutely ''nothing''!" "I love that song." "It's a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn91L9goKfQ song?]]"
* The following exchange between SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} and a night club owner:
-->'''Nightclub Owner:''' You got....you got powers right?\\
'''Deadpool:''' Oh yeah, I'm a superfreak.\\
'''Nightclub Owner:''' A super freak?\\
'''Deadpool:''' I'm super freakayyy.
** There's another comic which has Deadpool ending a flashback with a casually-spoken "You ain't seen nothin' yet." Cut back to present day, with a two-page spread of him standing in front of a giant explosion, arms in [[LargeHam air guitar]] position, belting, "B-B-B-BABY, YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHIN' YET!!"
** When fighting the Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}} during ''ComicBook/DarkReign'', Deadpool gets shot through the left torso by the Black Widow. He sinks to the ground, wheezing "S-shot...through...the heart..." Just as the Thunderbolts think they finally got him to shut up, he springs back up with [[Music/BonJovi "AND YOU'RE TO BLAME! YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME!"]] In the same arc, Comicbook/{{Taskmaster}} gets in on the action while disguised as Deadpool; Black Widow asks him who he is, and he responds with "Some people call me the space cowboy... some people call me the gangster of love."
* One of the cases in ''Ogenki Clinic'' has a rock singer as a patient. All of her lines include at least two or three song titles.
* In ''Comicbook/VForVendetta'', V introduces himself to a priest by saying, "Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth... and taste." You probably remember this as the first line of The Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil". Later, when asked where he's going, he says, [[Music/VelvetUnderground "I'm waiting for the man."]]
* In Creator/PaulCornell's ''Knight and Squire'', the British superheroes include The Milkman -- who once fought a villain called Two-Ton Ted from Teddington. It remains to be seen if his [[SecretIdentity real name]] is [[Creator/BennyHill Ernie]].
* During the ''ComicBook/SalvationRun'' mini-series, most of DC's villains were exiled to a distant planet, where they started to form separate factions. In one scene, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is walking along a makeshift watchtower with Shadow Thief, complaining, "[[StealthPun There must be some way out of here!]]", in reference to the first line of Music/BobDylan's "All Along the Watchtower", [[DontExplainTheJoke "There must be some way out of here, said the joker to the thief."]] Lampshaded when the Joker then commented, "I must be losing my mojo, there's a joke in there somewhere and I can't find it!"
* The third issue of Franchise/ArchieComics' ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' has Dr. Light tell Mega Man the following:
** [[Music/TheMegas I made you in my image. I built your heart and gave you eyes. I gave you power and a sense of justice beyond any compare. I gave you hands, a child's face... heh... robot hair. But this burden, the burning in your heart, I did not put there.]]
** This is almost a word-for-word recitation of the chorus of "The Message from Doctor Light."
* In ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyMicroSeries'' Issue #3 [[spoiler:Hoity Toity joyously proclaims Flax Seed is [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite the next pony every pony should know]] at the Canterlot fashion show.]]
* In ''Hoax Hunters'' #5, which takes place in 1984, Hoax Hunters agent Alan Lawson meets with Lauren Reynolds, who had recently encountered the Jersey Devil. As he tells her about his organization and offers her a job with them, he says "Some boys take a beautiful girl and hide her away from the rest of the world" -- a line from 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun'. Earlier in the issue he was actually singing it; he claims a catchy hook is "the most potent mind control there is."
* During Creator/AlanMoore's run on ''Captain Britain'', [[RealityWarper "Mad Jim" Jaspers]] gives into this trope during one of his AGodAmI moments;
-->"I made you! I made everything! I made the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tyger tiger and the lamb]]! I put the bomp in the bomp-bah-bomp-bah-bomp and the ram in the rama-lama-ding-dong!"
* Happens often in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'': In the original French version of ''Asterix in Belgium'' the Belgian chieftain claims that in "his flat country the only mountains are oppidums". This is a reference to a line from Belgian singer Music/JacquesBrel's song "Le Plat Pays" ("The Flat Country") "...avec des cathédrales pour des uniques montagnes" ("Where the only mountains are cathedrals.")
* A common trait of Luci's in ''ComicBook/TheWickedAndTheDivine''. When she complains about Laura being too old for her the following exchange occurs:
-->'''Laura''': I'm only ''just'' seventeen?\\
'''Luci''': [[Music/TheBeatles You know what I mean]].
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'':
-->He suddenly looked at them with an evil look in his eye and muttered Well If you wanted Honesty that’s all you haD TO SAY! .\\
"That's not a spell that's an [[Music/MyChemicalRomance MCR]] song." I corrected him wisely.
* A few mangled lines from songs are snuck into the dialogue in ''FanFic/DecksFallEveryoneDies''.
* In ''FanFic/DrunkardsWalk II'', during a discussion about Doug's PinballGag combat ([[AWizardDidIt it's magic]]), one character asks "How do you think he does it?" and a second responds "I don't know." A third continues "[[Music/{{Tommy}} What makes him so good?]]... Well, it's obvious that he's a pinball wizard. And that there has to be a twist." Neither of the other two gets it.
* This quote from Gibbet (Willow) of ''[[FanFic/MyMetal My Mëtäl]]'', a ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'' HeavyMetal {{Parody}} by Creator/MonicaGilbeyBieber, as an added explanation of how Gibbet would show up one chapter after Ignacïo confesses to Rainblood that he killed Gibbet. This is in reference to the scene in ''My Immortal'' where Willow is brought back to life without explanation.
-->I dunno what's gotten into Ignacïo, but he sent me to get tortured, killed, tortured again, and fucked by Snape InThatOrder after Ignacïo [[Music/AvengedSevenfold must have stabbed me fifty fucking times!]] Good thing I barely survived and escaped that necropedophile before he attempted to [[Music/AvengedSevenfold rip my heart out right before my eyes]] and completely butcher me until I end up looking like a model for a Music/CannibalCorpse [[ContemptibleCover album cover!]]
** Hilariously, Music/AvengedSevenfold is considered a poser (My Metal's equivalent of a prep) band in this fanfic.
** Also, Rainblood/Chäntal mentions that [[Music/FallingInReverse he's not a vampire, but he feels like one]] when Tom asked him/her how s/he drank all the blood of a lady in the movie theater. Just like Avenged Sevenfold, Falling in Reverse is also, hilariously, a poser band in this fanfic.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}''.
-->'''Gingerbread Man:''' Do you know the Muffin Man?\\
'''Farquaad:''' The Muffin Man?\\
'''Gingerbread Man:''' The Muffin Man.\\
'''Farquaad:''' Yes... I know the Muffin Man. Who lives on Drury Lane?\\
'''Gingerbread Man:''' Well... she's married to the Muffin Man.\\
'''Farquaad:''' The Muffin Man?\\
'''Gingerbread Man:''' '''''The Muffin Man!'''''\\
'''Farquaad:''' She's married to the Muffin Man...
** Also, there's this:
-->'''Donkey:''' You love this woman, don't ya?\\
'''Shrek:''' Yes.\\
'''Donkey:''' You wanna ''hold'' her?\\
'''Shrek:''' Yes.\\
'''Donkey:''' ''Please'' her?\\
'''Shrek:''' Yes!\\
'''Donkey:''' Then ya gotta, gotta try a little ''tenderness!''
* In ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', in Yzma's lair, lines from a certain song from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' appear:
-->'''Pacha:''' ''(reading labels)'' Lions... Tigers... Bears...\\
(''Pan to the spot for the potion they're looking for, which is empty'')\\
'''Yzma:''' ''(from off-screen)'' Oh my!
* In ''{{Rio}} 2'', Nigel accidentally attends a Carnival audition. He then proceeds to do a dramatic performance of "I Will Survive", turning that into a VillainSong ([[StayingAlive not that it]] [[JokerImmunity isn't adequate]]).
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TropicThunder'', Kirk Lazarus quotes the theme song to ''Series/TheJeffersons'' as part of an inspirational speech. He's immediately called out on it.
-->"Don't make it any less true."
* Done deliberately throughout ''Film/MoulinRouge'' [[JustifiedTrope as part of the concept]]. Christian hastily composes a poem for Satine, and even before the music cues, it is clearly Music/EltonJohn's "Your Song". Zidler tries to convince the Duke to stay with what, before the farce of a song starts, may be the most lascivious recital of lyrics from "[[Music/{{Madonna}} Like A Virgin]]" I've ever heard. And the central theme of the story is simply the final line of Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy".
* In ''Film/TheLifeAndDeathOfColonelBlimp'', the titular character Clive Candy (actually a General at this point in the movie) is referred to by Spud as "the Wizard". This turns out to be a ShoutOut when Spud tells his men that they have to rush to Candy's HQ "[[Film/TheWizardOfOz because of the wonderful things he does]]."
* Creator/MelGibson's character in ''Film/ConspiracyTheory'' uses "[[Music/ThePolice Everything you do is magic]]" lyrics to propose to his {{Love Interest|s}} -- crash and burn too.
* From ''Film/SchoolOfRock'':
** Creator/JackBlack's character, trying to bluff his way through a conversation with teachers while posing as a substitute, starts reciting snatches from Music/WhitneyHouston's "The Greatest Love of All". Someone asks "Isn't that a song?", and he denies it.
** His RousingSpeech concludes "We roll tonight to the guitar bite, and for those about to rock, I salute you", from Music/{{ACDC}}'s "For Those About to Rock".
* ''Film/XXx 2: State of the Union'':
-->'''Darius Stone:''' Wars come and go, but my soldiers stay eternal.\\
'''Gibbons:''' I like that. Who said it? Jefferson? Patton?\\
'''Darius Stone:''' Music/{{Tupac|Shakur}}.
** [[spoiler: Becomes a BrickJoke at the film's dénouement when the President quotes Stone in turn, during a press conference.]]
* In a sequence of ''[[Film/OceansEleven Ocean's Twelve]]'', Ocean and Rusty start talking SpySpeak with a contact. Linus tries to join the conversation... by reciting Music/LedZeppelin's "Kashmir". It translates to calling the contact's niece a cheap whore. [[spoiler:Or so they claim; in reality they're just playing a prank on him.]]
* In ''[[Film/BillAndTed Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure]]'', Ted's attempt at 'philosophising' with Socrates is to recite the line [[Music/{{Kansas}} "All we are is dust in the wind"]]. It works.
* In ''[[Film/BillAndTed Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey]]'', Bill and Ted go to heaven and are asked the meaning of life. They recite the chorus from Music/{{Poison}}'s "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." Again, it works. Earlier, after [[ChessWithDeath beating Death at a variety of games]], as he's leading them from {{Hell}} to {{Heaven}}, Bill says to Ted, "Ted, DontFearTheReaper." (referring to the Music/BlueOysterCult song) to which Death replies, "I heard that!"
* In ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'' Gary King has the tendency to do this, quoting Happy Mondays ("Twist the melon!") during a fight and Primal Scream's "Loaded" during the film's climax.
* ''Film/SpiceWorld'': Bus driver played by Music/MeatLoaf: "I love those girls, and I'll do anything for them... [[ActorAllusion but I won't do that]]."
* ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'': "Good morning starshine!...The Earth says hello!"
* From ''Film/CannibalTheMusical'':
-->'''Alferd Packer''': Hey, do you guys think it's true, that she's a trapper horse?\\
'''Frank Miller''': [[Series/MisterEd A horse is a horse]].\\
'''James Humphrey''': Of course.\\
'''Alferd Packer''': Of course.
* ''Film/AcrossTheUniverse'' does this multiple times with various [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] songs, "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" being perhaps the most obvious. One can expect to find this trope in any JukeboxMusical.
* In the made for TV ''Literature/{{Dinotopia}}'' movie, one of the castaway brothers (who really doesn't give a dang about the local ways and culture) uses the opening lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody to answer an essay question regarding the meaning of a particular section of the Dinotopian philosophy. Afterwards, his teacher and a number of scholars are chattering about how deep it was.
* [[http://bardfilm.blogspot.com/2009/11/beatles-and-shakespeare-take-three.html This.]] Creator/PeterSellers meets Music/TheBeatles in the land of ''Theatre/RichardIII''.
* A running gag in ''Film/TheOtherGuys'' is Captain Mauch repeatedly quoting Music/{{TLC}} lyrics. Gamble and Hoitz repeatedly attempt to [[LampshadeHanging call him out on it]] but he remains oblivious.
* In ''Film/MeetTheParents'', when Greg is asked to say grace at dinner, he tries to improvise a prayer, and comes up with the lyrics to ''Day by Day'' from the musical ''Theatre/{{Godspell}}''.
* In ''Film/{{Roxanne}}'', when asked to say something romantic, Chris quotes the opening lines to "Close to You" by The Carpenters, and is immediately called out on this.
* In ''Film/EasyA'', Olive receives a greeting card that plays Natasha Bedingfield's "Pocketful Of Sunshine", and then the song becomes a huge {{earworm}} for her. Later on, when she's lying to her best friend about having spent the weekend with a college boy, one of the lyrics slips into the conversation:
-->'''Olive:''' He's charming... You know, he's a real gentleman. You know, and it feels like - It feels like I got a love and I know that it's all mine.
* In an odd example, all that's left of the "Admiral Boom" song in ''Film/MaryPoppins'' is a wax lyrical from [[InteractiveNarrator Bert]].
-->'''Bert:''' The whole world gets its time from Greenwich. But Greenwich, they say, gets its time from Admiral Boom.
* ''Film/TheMasterOfDisguise'' does this. {{Lampshade}}d by Fabbrizio Disguisey immediatly performing a [[TheTake Take]] at what his son said, and Lampshaded in the DVD commentary stating they had to pay a lot of money in order to do this gag.
-->'''Pistachio:''' [[{{Madonna}} But, Papa, don't preach. I'm in trouble deep... and I'm keeping my baby.]]
* After the killer in ''Film/ShriekIfYouKnowWhatIDidLastFridayTheThirteenth'' is revealed to be an {{evil|Twin}} [[UncannyFamilyResemblance identical]] [[ThePattyDukeShow cousin]].
-->'''Doughy:''' Whereas Hardy enjoys a minuet, ballet ruse and crepes suzette.\\
'''Hardy:''' Doughy likes to rock n roll, a hot dog makes him lose control.\\
'''Hagitha:''' What a wild duet.\\
'''Martina:''' Still they're cousins.\\
'''Dawson''': Identical cousins.\\
'''Martina:''' They laugh alike.\\
'''Dawson:''' They walk alike.\\
'''Martina:''' At times they even talk alike.\\
'''Hagitha:''' And you can lose your mind.\\
'''Hardy:''' [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore Shut up everybody! For god sakes, how many times do you think we've heard that in our lives?]]
* In ''Film/CharliesAngels Full Throttle'' the Angels decide to pose as night club dancers.
-->'''Natalie:''' Do a little dance?\\
'''Dylan:''' Make a little love?\\
'''Alex:''' Get down tonight.
* In ''Film/WrongfullyAccused'', Ryan tells off Cass, who's been romancing him but he suspects called the police on him:
-->'''Ryan''': Music/TheBeatles said it best. She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah. Well, listen, Michelle ma belle, this nowhere man is the walrus, koo koo kachoo!
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension''. Some of Lord John Whorfin's more eccentric pronouncements are actually song lyrics, e.g. "I feel so broke up, I want to go home" from Music/TheBeachBoys song "Sloop John B".
* In ''Film/HorseFeathers'', Wagstaff, during his first address as President of Huxley College, briefly lapses into the old vaudeville song "Any Rags?"
* In ''Film/GlenOrGlenda'', the weird narration in the NightmareSequence is a mangled quotation of the lyrics to "The Green-Eyed Dragon," a reference that will mystify most viewers.
* In ''Film/RockOfAges'', after Drew sings half of "[[Music/{{Journey}} Don't Stop Believing]]", he finishes with "And it goes on and on and on." Later on, Lonny exclaims "We built this city on rock and roll!" as part of a protest, just before the protesters begin singing "We Built This City" by [[Music/JeffersonAirplane Starship]].
* Vincent in ''Film/{{Twins}}'' does this when flirting with Linda, pretending he's reciting poetry that he wrote. When Linda's sister Marnie tells her they're just old song lyrics, she says she already knows.
* Film/ForrestGump: When Forrest meets Music/JohnLennon on the Dick Cavett Show Forrest claims that in the land of China people hardly got nothing at all. To which Lennon replies: [[Music/{{Imagine}} "No possessions?" Gump looks up bewildered, but continues: "They never go to church", to which Lennon again replies: "No religion too?" Whereupon the host says: "Must be hard to imagine", but Lennon reassures him: "It's easy if you try, Dick."]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the Creator/ArthurCClarke[=/=]Creator/StephenBaxter book ''The Light Of Other Days'', about a society where [[SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands privacy is becoming obsolete]], a girl is seen wearing a T-shirt with the words 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town'. The protagonist doesn't know what it means, but she explains it to him later in case the reader didn't catch it: "He sees you when you're sleeping..."
* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' has some fun with the lyrics of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town": Quoth the Raven tells Susan "You'd better watch out"; Death, in his role as Hogfather, is able to ensure some kids see him, because [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: I know when they are peeping ]]
, and he asks if checking the list twice is sufficient. In the same book, the magical and dizzyingly fast sleigh ride prompts Albert to mutter sarcastically "Oh, what fun."
** And ''Discworld/SoulMusic''.
** In ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', Fred Colon comments on the trouble in Koom Valley with the immortal question "War, Nobby, huh. What is it good for"? Nobby Nobbs proceeds to [[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder try and come up with an answer]].
** In ''Discoworld/LordsAndLadies'', Ridcully says "I was young and foolish then", and Granny Weatherwax retorts "Well? You're [[Music/TheyMightBeGiants old and foolish now]]."
* In the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse novel ''[[Literature/PastDoctorAdventures The Eleventh Tiger]]'', the Doctor and his companions are staying at a 19th century ''gongfu'' school. (Note that Ian and Barbara are from ten years before the song came out, but the Doctor clearly recognises the accidental reference):
-->[Ian:] "One minute those kids are just running around chaotically, but the next minute they're all focused, and everyone's kung-fu fighting."\\
"Those kids are as fast as lightning," Barbara added.\\
The Doctor raised an eyebrow. "Are they indeed? And was it, perchance, dear boy, a little bit frightening? Hmm?"
** In the Fifth/Seventh team-up ''[[Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures Cold Fusion]]'', Chris Cwej is posing as an Australian, and describes living in a close-knit community in a sunny suburb, where everyone pops in and out of each others' houses, before concluding "With a little understanding, you can find the perfect blend and that's when good neighbours become good friends". Real Australian Tegan doesn't get the reference, having come from a time before ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' began, but does spot he's talking nonsense.
** And in the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''Camera Obscura'', the Doctor quotes "All Along the Watchtower" while trying to escape a creepy EldritchLocation with a man who ''[[NoYay literally]]'' [[OrganTheft stole his]] [[HeartTrauma heart]]:
--> ‘“There must be some way out of here,’ said the [[TheTrickster joker]] to the thief”.’
** Sabbath (the aforementioned thief) has his own moment of doing this, for no particular reason at all: he's usually TheStoic, and he's from the 18th century. But he gets into an alarmingly perky and cheerful mood and starts quoting from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
--> "‘Because,’ said Sabbath. ‘Because because because because because. Because of the wonderful things I does.’"
* ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' has a scene involving a horse in a bathroom.
-->"A horse?" he said again.
-->"Yes, it is," said the Professor. "Wait--" he motioned to Richard, who was about to go out again and investigate-- "let it be. It won't be long."
-->Richard stared in disbelief. "You say there's a horse in your bathroom, and all you can do is stand there naming Beatles songs?"
* In TheBookOfAwesome, the final two paragraphs of "Taking your shoes of on a long car ride" match the lyrics of Buddy Holly's Rollercoaster.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
** In ''Literature/GhostStory'', Dresden tries to console Molly by saying "for everything there is a season", but Molly cuts him off by telling him to stop quoting the Bible at her. Harry counters he was actually quoting the song ''Turn! Turn! Turn!'' (admittedly the latter is based on the former).
** In another book he makes Toot-Toot a Major General in order to psych him up. The little faerie can't believe it and asks for confirmations. Harry replies, "[[Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance Yes, yes, a Major General]]."
* Near the start of ''[[Literature/RiversOfLondon Whispers Underground]]'', during a murder investigation, DI Stephanopoulos comments "Well, our victim [[Music/{{Pulp}} had a thirst for knowledge]]. He was a student at St Martin's College."
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/{{Selfie}}'' episode "With a Little Yelp From My Friends", Henry encourages Eliza to make friends with co-worker Joan, telling her to do her research. He unknowingly (probably, given his age) quotes a Biggie song, which Eliza enthuastically finishes for him.
-->'''Henry:''' Do your research. If you want to connect with Joan, find out what her interests are.
-->'''Eliza:''' Who she be with?!
* One of the many "Sorkinisms" Creator/AaronSorkin uses as RunningGag, involves a character going on a tangent about themselves and their credentials--inevitably topping the mini-monologue off with [[Theatre/HMSPinafore "And I'm never-never sick at sea!"]]
** [[CloudCuckoolander Margaret]] once lapses into this when she's excited about musical guest [[spoiler:James Taylor]] coming to the White House.
-->'''Margaret:''' I've always loved "Jelly Man Kelly". He's the man who likes jelly the most. He likes it on toast. Then there's Jenny Mulhenny...
* In the episode "To Kill a Chupacabraj", of ''Series/{{Workaholics}}'' Ders addresses the people waiting in small-claims court, initially mistaking them for the jury.
-->'''Ders:''' I have but one word: justice. Just-us. Its just us on this planet, Earth. We're alone, so we need to trust each other. Trust us. Rhymes, so you know that its real. Which brings me to the question, are we human, or are we dancers?"
* An ad for the TV show ''Bridezillas'' had the brides and their families getting ready for a fight and the family starts singing the song "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Music/TwistedSister.
* From ''Series/AbsolutelyFabulous'':
-->'''Eddy:''' Life is a mystery, we all must stand alone. I hear him call my name and it feels like home.\\
'''Saffy:''' That's lovely, who wrote it?\\
'''Eddy:''' Music/{{Madonna}}, darling.
* From ''Series/DoctorWho'', "The Christmas Invasion":
-->"[[PatrickStewartSpeech Look at these human beings! Consider their potential!]] From the day we arrive on the planet, and blinking step into the sun... there's more to see than can ever be seen! More to do than -- no, hold on... sorry, that's ''Disney/TheLionKing'', but... The point still stands!"
** Earlier, in ''The Three Doctors'', The Doctor (Creator/JonPertwee) tries to explain the presence of [[TheNthDoctor his past self]] (Creator/PatrickTroughton) to Jo:
--->'''Third Doctor''': It's really very simple, Jo. I am he, and he is me.
--->'''Jo''': [[Music/TheBeatles And we are all together, goo goo kachoo?]]
--->'''Third Doctor''': What?
--->'''Jo''': It's a song by the Beatles.
--->'''Second Doctor''': [[CloudCuckooLander Oh, really? How does it go?]]
** And from the end of "Hide":
--->'''The Doctor:''' [[Music/ColePorter Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated]] ''[[Music/ColePorter fleas]]'' [[Music/ColePorter do it.]]
** And from "The Idiot's Lantern":
-->'''Tommy:''' It's too late.\\
'''The Doctor:''' It's never too late, as a wise person once said. ''(to himself)'' Music/{{Kylie|Minogue}}, I think...
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
-->'''JD:''' Just tell her about it. Tell her everything you feel.\\
'''Dr Cox:''' ...Should I give her every reason to accept that I'm for real?\\
'''JD:''' First of all, no-one understands relationships like Billy Joel, okay? UptownGirl got me through high school.
** In another episode Turk starts quoting the "Safety Dance" when Carla asks how he would react if their child were to take up dance classes and be mocked by his friends for it. When she tells Elliot, Elliot chastises her for forgetting the time she told Turk the Commissar was in town.
** Another classic Turk Moment:
--->'''Dr Cox:''' Name a test, any test that you would use to check for Lupus.
--->'''Turk:''' Lupus? ...Does she live on the second floor? Does she live upstairs from you? I think you have seen her before.
** Later, JD consoled a woman whose husband was dying with the theme from Facts of Life.
** In another example of a song being disguised as a different type of song; at the Janitor's wedding in the final season, Ted sings a beautiful acoustic love song which turns out to be "Hey Ya".
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''
** In one episode where Dick got called up for jury duty and was eager to go, Nina and Mary told him not to bother. Dick made a point about how he has a sense of duty and can be relied upon:
--->'''Dick:''' Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, all you've got to do is call, and I'll be there.\\
'''Nina:''' ''(dismissively)'' Yeah, yeah, yeah...\\
'''Dick:''' Yes I will.
** Another episode had someone asking Dick what he wanted, to which he [[LargeHam very hammily]] shot back, in dead seriousness: "Fame! I want to live forever -- light up the sky like a flame!"
** Another time, after a failed bank robbery which had Sally dressed like a biker, Tommy dressed like a sailor, and Harry dressed like a Native American, they greeted Don (in uniform) and Dick (dressed like a construction worker, since he had just gotten back from a gay bar). Everybody keeps saying "Hey!" back and forth to the tune of "Macho Man".
* Either Del or Rodney on ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'', trying to be inspiring: "You've got to have a dream. If you don't have a dream... how're you going to have a dream come true?" (The other one just gives him a look.)
** Gordon Brittas gets the same line in ''Series/TheBrittasEmpire''.
* ''Series/NewsRadio'': Every year when the annual bonuses are delivered, Matthew gets no bonus, known around the station as "The Shaft". Naturally, the guys tease him by reciting lyrics from "Theme from ''Film/{{Shaft}}''".
** Similarly, from [[CrowningMomentOfFunny the complaint box episode]]:
-->'''Dave''' ''(reading card from the box)'': Uh, "Who's the black private dick, a sex machine to all the chicks"?
-->'''Everyone''': ''Shaft!''
-->'''Bill''': I thought we'd get a kick out of that.
* On ''Series/NotOnlyButAlso'' a spoof of ''Theatre/AManForAllSeasons'' had a scene with Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon delivering dialogue consisting entirely of lyrics from popular songs of the day.
* An occasional joke on ''Series/NotGoingOut''.
-->'''Barbara:''' Listen. When I was just a little girl, I asked my mother, what will I be? Will I be pretty? Will I be rich? Here's what she said to me.
-->'''Lee:''' I'm guessing it was a no.
** [''in an episode in which Tim and Lee have just played a gig of very unrock songs'']
-->'''Lucy:''' I don't think the crowd liked the Elaine Paige and Barabra Dixon number much.
-->'''Lee:''' Yeah... [[Theatre/{{Chess}} looking back I should have played it differently]].
* ''Series/{{House}}'' frequently quotes "You Can't Always Get What You Want". Most notably in the first episode:
-->'''House:''' As the great philosopher [[Music/TheRollingStones Jagger]] said; You can't always get what you want.
-->[[ComebackTomorrow Later]]
-->'''Cuddy:''' By the way, I checked out that philosopher you mentioned and it turns out that you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you'll get what you need.
** It should be noted that "You Can't Always Get What You Want" eventually became the theme song for House's vicodin addiction.
* ''Series/WeirdScience'' had an episode where Lisa the genie fell in love with one of the guys and became a ClingyJealousGirl. He tells her "When you love someone, set them free", which causes Lisa to start deleting herself. Instantly his friend interrupts, saying "Don't listen to him! He's an idiot spouting bad song lyrics!"
* The season 3 finale of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' has a number of characters [[spoiler:who turn out to be Cylons]] start mumbling the same bits of nonsensical poetry as a sign of their mental breakdown. Towards the end of the finale, the lines come together and are revealed to be [[spoiler:''All Along the Watchtower'']]. The effect of Season Three's finale's reveal was weakened by the fact that the song is relatively well known, [[spoiler:since the original was by Music/BobDylan, achieved huge popularity as a cover by Music/JimiHendrix, and was popular again in the early Noughties following another cover by Dave Matthews Band (as well as covers by Music/NeilYoung, Ben Harper, Lenny Kravitz, and many, many others). "There must be some way out of here" and "I can't get no relief" may be relatively unnoticeable, but dialogue that includes "Said the Joker to the Thief," even out of context, raises a few eyebrows.]]
** [[spoiler:''All Along the Watchtower'']] became a kind of [[ArcWords significant]] {{Leitmotif}} for the [[spoiler:Final Five Cylons]] at the end of Season Three and throughout Season Four. The song actually becomes vitally important to the series overall: [[spoiler:Hera]] draws a series of dots which are revealed to be the notes to the song when [[spoiler:Kara]] remembers it as a song [[spoiler:her]] father used to play when [[spoiler:she]] was a child. [[spoiler:Kara]] also uses the line [[spoiler:"there must be some kind of way out of here"]] in the series finale, using the notes of the song as coordinates.
** According to the commentary, in the finale, when Adama asks [[spoiler:Kara]] where the coordinates have taken them, her reply was to have been [[spoiler:"Somewhere... [[TitleDrop all along the watchtower]].]] Luckily, [[spoiler:Katee Sackhoff]] recognized the {{narm}}iness of the line and refused.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d on ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
-->'''Jack''': ''[in total seriousness]'' I have an opportunity here, Lemon. A chance to go back to the past to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong put things right that once went wrong]].\\
'''Liz''': That's the ''Series/QuantumLeap'' intro.
** In one episode after Liz's boyfriend Criss sells his hotdog van named "[[PunnyName Van Der Beek]]", he says "[[Series/DawsonsCreek I don't wanna wait for our lives to be over.]]" Part of the joke was that earlier in the episode Criss mentioned that he had never actually seen ''Series/DawsonsCreek''.
* In the third season of the Australian ''Series/ThankGodYoureHere'', Shaun Micallef, responding to the question "Have you ever been to London?" replies "I've been to London, I've been to Birmingham, I've been to paradise, but I've never been to me."
* The 2009 series of BBC documentary ''Springwatch'' was home to a bizarre series of these. Chris Packham had taken out a bet with a friend that he could slip the name of a [[Music/TheSmiths Smiths]] song into every episode. The last episode featured Kate Humble reporting that Bill Oddie had called to congratulate him on this feat, to which Chris deadpans to camera, "William, it was really nothing."
* Shows up on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'':
--> '''Old Sage-Type Guy''': My daughter, you will find that you can't always have what you want.
--> '''Servo''': But if you try sometimes, you just might find you get what you need.
* In ''Literature/TheStand'', Randall Flagg introduces himself, "[[Music/TheRollingStones Pleased to meet you, Lloyd. Hope you guess my name]]," to indicate that he is more or less [[SympathyForTheDevil the devil]].
* ''Series/{{Friends}}''
** An episode has Ross taking a phone message for Rachel from a guy named Casey. While on the phone, he asks if Casey is spelled "like '[[Literature/CaseyAtTheBat -at the bat]]' or '-and the Sunshine Band'?" After he hangs up:
--->'''Ross''': Who's this Casey?
--->'''Phoebe''': Some guy she met at the movies.
--->'''Ross''': What does he want with her?
--->'''Chandler''': I'm guessing he wants to do a little dance...make a little love...and, basically, get down tonight.
** There's another time when Joey tries to stall answering the question "Why?"
--->'''Joey''': Because... because... because... because... because...
--->'''Chandler''': [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Because of the wonderful things he does?]]
** Years later, as Jimmy Kimmel got all three leading ladies together, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4H2JHp5XOQ#t=355s at a certain point the dialogue gets]]... [[ThemeSong familiar.]]
-->'''Jimmy''': It's like we always say: "So no one told you life was gonna be this way." [[AudienceParticipationSong *claps*]]
* Used by ''Series/MockTheWeek'' when Diana Ross was given custody of Music/MichaelJackson's children:
-->'''Hugh:''' Do you think if they're naughty, she can just tell them "Stop! In the name of love!"
* A round on ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' involves the participants holding a conversation purely in song titles.
-->'''Ryan''': Oklahoma.
-->'''Colin''': Theme From {{Titanic}}.
* In the 3D episode of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', in trying to think fast, Chuck calls himself a drummer and then says: "I'm the little drummer boy... Come they told me... ba... rumpa... bombom..."
* One episode of ''Series/TheGoodies'' started off by quoting the White Rabbit's song from Disney's version of ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''. Bill and Graeme are sitting around the office:
--> '''Graeme''': He's late.
--> '''Tim''': ''(walking in)'' I'm late.
--> '''Bill''': For a very important date.
--> '''Graeme''': No time to say hello.
--> '''Tim''': ''(leaving)'' Goodbye.
--> '''Graeme and Bill''': ''(together)'' He's late, he's late, he's late, eeh eeh!
* In ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'':
** Will recites a few lines of the show's theme song in formal-sounding prose to a judge. "Your honour, in West Philadelphia born 'n' raised, on the playground was where I spent most of my days".
** Also when Will announces his marriage to Lisa; his Uncle Phil, Aunt Vivian and his mother ask how he manages to make a living.
-->'''Will:''' We're survive on love.
-->'''Vy:''' What's love gotta do with it?
-->'''[[ServileSnarker Geoffrey:]]''' ''(walking past them)'' Gotta do, gotta do with it.
** In an early episode Will and his uncle get in an argument and end up quoting lyrics from Smith's early hit "Parents Just Don't Understand."
-->'''Will:''' You'll ruin my rep!
-->'''Uncle Phil:''' You're only sixteen, you don't have a "rep" yet!
* This was a favorite technique of the writers of ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow''. In one episode, the guys get drunk and Emily offers to make them coffee. One says, "I love coffee." A second adds, "I love tea." Then Mr. Carlin says, "I love the Java Jive, and it loves me." From another episode, Bob denies being afraid of death, saying, "I am strong, I am invincible …" at which point another character cuts him off with, "You are woman. Let's hear you roar."
** In a later episode, when Jerry, who was adopted, decides to seek out his birth mother, he comments, "Why I could be a duke, or an earl!" Bob adds, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs "You could be the Duke of Earl."]]
* In a first season episode of ''Series/VeronicaMars'', "Lord of the Bling", Veronica explains her connection to a missing teenager with the words "We used to be friends...a long time ago." Immediately afterwards, the theme song starts playing - the opening line? "A long time ago, we used to be friends…" Also, in the second season episode "The Rapes of Graff", Veronica claims [[Music/JohnnyCash she once shot a man in Reno just to watch him die]].
* In the short-lived ''Pepper Dennis'', Pepper tries to advise a would-be RunawayBride with the lyrics to D.H.T's "Listen To Your Heart".
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' where Hiro Nakamura was put on trial by his own mind, he tried to defend his meddling with history by saying he had been '[[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong setting right what once went wrong]]'
--> '''[[EnemyWithin Mental image of Takezo Kensei]]:''' ''Objection, Your Honour: He's reciting the opening to Series/QuantumLeap!''
* Used in ''Series/MenBehavingBadly'' when Tony is persuading Gary he should get back together with Dorothy.
--> '''Tony''': She loves you, mate. [[Music/TheBeatles And with a love like that, you know you should be glad]].
* An episode of ''Series/HomeImprovement'' had Wilson dishing out some famous quotes about love. Tim responded with: "'Everybody... loves somebody sometimes.' Martin, comma, Dean."
** Another episode had Wilson musing, on the subject of Tim compromising with his wife, "You have to give a little, take a little..." Tim responds, sardonically, "Yeah, and let your poor heart break a little." Then, he realizes what the next line in the song is, and they figure it's not so bad an idea after all, as they sing together, "That's the story of, that's the story of love..."
* One episode of ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'' has Herb recruiting staffers to sing a jingle for a funeral home client.
-->'''Herb''': Bailey...sing something.
-->'''Bailey''': Oh, I can't sing.
-->'''Herb''': Everyone can sing.
-->'''Venus''': Go on Bailey, sing. Sing a song.
-->'''Les''': Sing out loud, sing out strong.
-->'''Herb''': [[Series/SesameStreet Sing of]] [[Music/TheCarpenters good things, not---]]
-->'''Venus''': (Cutting him off) Herb!
* ''Series/{{Spaced}}''
** In the famous PaintballEpisode.
--->'''Duane:''': You can't help who you fall in love with. Cause when you get that feeling...
--->'''Mike:''': It's like sexual healing.
** Also, when Daisy and Tim begin having an argument through cliches about the wisdom of Tim getting back with his girlfriend:
-->'''Tim''': I can read her like a book.\\
'''Daisy''': Never judge a book by its cover.\\
'''Tim''': He who dares, wins.\\
'''Daisy''': Look before you leap.\\
'''Tim''': Do ''you'' [[Music/{{Cher}} believe in life after love]]?\\
'''Daisy''': ''[Dismissive]'' That's a song.\\
'''Tim''': Shit.
* The DVDCommentary for ''Series/{{Lost}}'', "A Tale of Two Cities" (which is basically a producer and an actress cracking jokes - they even call it "[[ShoutOut our]] ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''"):
-->'''Elizabeth Mitchell''': Well, maybe, maybe the glass just started it. It was his impressive glass acting. It's kind of like a microwave in there, heating up... [laughs]\\
'''Damon Lindelof''': ...behind the glass. Juliet might, might as well walk over and just push the popcorn button, 'cause it's getting hot up in there.\\
'''Elizabeth Mitchell''':[laughing] So take off all your clothes. [Lindelof chuckles]
* [[{{Newsnight}} Kirsty Wark's]] signature gag on ''Series/DeadRingers''; for example: "My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, and they're like, 'It's better than yours'. Damn right it's better than yours. [[FilmAtEleven More on that story later.]]"
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** In the episode "Jus in Bello", Henriksen realizes he's been possessed and comments "I shot the sheriff." Dean, smiling, says back [[Music/BobMarley "But you didn't shoot the deputy."]]
** In "No Rest for the Wicked," Ruby says [[Music/PatBenatar "Hit me with your best shot, baby."]]
** And when Dean's being-Death-for-a-day, everyone he collects says something like 'But what does it all ''mean''?' At first he angsts about it, but after a while he gives up.
--->'''Heart Attack Guy''': But what does it all ''mean''?
--->'''Dean:''' ...Everything is dust in the wind.
--->(pause)
--->'''Heart Attack Guy:''' That's it? That's all you got? A Music/{{Kansas}} song?
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete''. "Apocalypse Pete". A [[LargeHam particularly hammish]] crossing guard orders a speeding remote-control car to "Stop in the name of love". ItMakesSenseInContext.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Skins}}'' has Freddie meeting with a guidance counselor who reveres Music/MichaelJackson and gives lyrics from his songs as advice. Freddie catches on quickly enough; when asked [[WhatWouldXDo what would Michael say about him]], he suggests that he's "Bad" and should "Beat It". (Michael would actually tell him that he's "Gotta Be Startin' Somethin'" - not quite a Michael Jackson song (that was "''Wanna'' Be Startin' Somethin'"), but close enough.) And set up for a [[Funny/{{Skins}} Crowning Moment of Funny]] later when Freddie visits him again; he turns, stares at the ''Thriller'' cover for inspiration… and gets nothing. The guidance counselor is played by Will Young, who sung [[BetterByADifferentName one of the greatest Michael Jackson songs ever that wasn't actually a Michael Jackson song]] ("Your Game").
* Deliberately invoked in-universe. ''Series/TheMiddleMan'' gave us at least [[OncePerEpisode one conversation per episode]] between Wendy and Noser that consisted entirely of song lyrics.
* In ''Series/BeingHuman'', when George finds out that his dad has died, Annie tries to give a eulogy and ends up with the lyrics to [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Fight For This Love by]] Music/CherylCole.
* A running gag in ''Series/{{Miranda}}'' involves her inability to restrain herself from doing this, and she almost always ends up lapsing into singing the rest of the song in places like a job interview, psychiatrist's office and a funeral.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn5iKVB6g5U This old MTV promo]], with Creator/SteveBuscemi. All the way.
* On ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', Mr. Feeny does this with a KC And The Sunshine Band song. Oddly, the joke is not the reference, but Mr. Feeny's deadpan delivery.
-->'''Mr. Feeny:''' Mr. Matthews I have no idea what you're talking about, and that's the way, uh-huh uh-huh, I like it.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''
** Quark, talking about the Dominion War, says, "War? What is it good for? You ask me, absolutely nothing."
** In the episode "In the Cards", Jake and Nog had been collecting several things, including Dr. Bashir's teddy bear, for the senior staff in exchange for items they were giving to a man named Dr. Geiger. At one point Jake suspects that Kai Winn is up to something and plans to confront her about it, introducing Nog to the expression "beard the lion in its den." This leads to the following exchange:
-->'''Nog:''' Lions and Geigers and bears...
-->'''Jake:''' Oh, my.
* On an episode of ''Series/YesDear'', Jimmy and Christine are trying to write poems for each other. After several minutes of struggling, Jimmy starts reading his poem, which soon turns out to be Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer". As it turns out, Christine wrote the exact same thing.
* Happens occasionally on ''Series/SpicksAndSpecks''. In one memorable example, Darlene Love started telling a story about the time she almost had sex with Tom Jones. Reginald D. Hunter chimed in "From what I hear, that's not unusual."
* In the ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' episode "Over My Dead Body," a nearly carbon monoxide-poisoned Emily has a dream ([[OrWasItADream or does she?]]) that she's having a conversation with the late Alison; when Emily asks who "A" is, Alison - taking a line from the show's signature tune, The Pierces' "Secrets" - tells her that "Two can keep a secret if one of them is dead."
* In ''Series/TheCarolBurnettShow'''s parody of ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'', Rat recites the lyrics to "Dixie" to express his desires to go back to a peaceful time before the Civil War. Sissy tells Rat that his speech sounds catchy, and that he should set it to music. Three more examples from the same sketch: early on, when Starlet meets an old suitor, she announces, "Why if it isn't Billy Joe [=McCalister=]! I thought you jumped off the Tallahatchee Bridge!" Later, when Starlet learns that a Yankee soldier is approaching Terra, she exclaims, "What the heck did you do, Melody? Tie a yellow ribbon 'round the old oak tree?!" Brashley mentions that Rat had "stopped off at the Camptown races, and as you know, that track's five miles long. He's out there betting on a bob-tailed nag, and I put two bucks on the bey myself. Of course it only paid two-sixty to show, so, doo da, doo da..."
* ''Series/MorkAndMindy'', when Mork impersonated a priest, he offered this advice to a lady in church.
-->'''Mork''': You can't hurry love. You just have to wait. It don't come easy, it's a game of give and take.\\
'''Woman''': That's beautiful, Father. Psalms?\\
'''Mork''': Supremes.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'', at the end of the episode "Last Call", Castle insists on sharing a bottle of expensive whiskey with Beckett, Captain Montgomery, Ryan and Esposito. When Beckett insists that she still has some paperwork to file, Castle says, "C'mon, Beckett, [[Music/BillyJoel It's nine o'clock on a Saturday]]...well, nine-fifteen." Castle, Ryan and Esposito start singing "Piano Man", and Beckett caves in and joins them on the second stanza ("He says 'Son can you play me a memory?'...").
* At the end of an episode of ''Series/GilligansIsland'', the Skipper, following yet another failed escape plan, laments in despair, "I get the feeling we're gonna be here for a long, ''long'' time," quoting part of the closing theme tune lyrics.
* Frequently happens on ''Series/TheMuppetShow''. Examples include:
-->'''Waldorf''': Wonderful!
-->'''Statler''': Marvelous!
-->'''Waldorf''': ''[[FunnyFace That you should care for me]]''.
** In an episode of Veterinarian's Hospital, the crew works without a roof on a weatherman, who constantly takes their cues to sing songs.
-->'''Nurse Piggy''': Dr. Bob, it's getting worse; it's beginning to hail!
-->'''Dr. Bob''': Hail?
-->'''Weatherman''': ''The gang's all here!''
* ''Series/StorageWars'' has Barry quote Music/TheWho at one point when describing a locker. This is pretty in-character for him, so no one else comments on it.
* On ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'', Gee, trying to heal a rift between partners Pembleton and Bayliss, says, "All we are is dust in the wind." Pembleton replies, "Never figured you for a Music/{{Kansas}} fan."
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': In the sketch "The Mouse Problem" the "growing social problem of people wanting to be mice" is discussed. At a certain point the following conversation takes place which will go over the heads of most non-English speakers who've probably never heard of the nursery songs "Hickory Dickory Dock" and "Three Blind Mice":
-->'''Mr A's Voice''': ''"Well, er, then you steal some cheese, Brie or Camembert, or Cheddar or Gouda, if you're on the harder stuff. You might go and see one of the blue cheese films... there's a big clock in the middle of the room, and about 12:50 you climb up it and then ...eventually, it strikes one... and you all run down."''
-->''Cut to a large matron with apron and carving knife.''
-->'''Linkman's Voice''': ''"And what's that?"''
-->'''Mr A's Voice''': ''"That's the farmer's wife."''
* ''Series/AlloAllo'':
** In the episode ''"Nouvion Oars"'' René receives a secret message in code: ''"The cow is ready to jump over the moon and Jack and Jill are standing in a bucket"''. (For our non-English speakers: these are references to the children's nursery rhymes ''"Hey Diddle Diddle"'' and ''"Jack and Jill (Went Up The Hill)")''.
** In another episode, Rene asks what happened to the town's elderly, grey-haired mayor. Edith replies "The old grey mayor is dead!"
* In the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "I Fall to Pieces", Cordelia glumly asks Doyle what the point of falling in love is. His response gradually morphs into Music/BarbraStreisand's "People". She's unimpressed.
* ''Series/{{Qi}}'': In the Season L episode "Levity", they discuss lightning. Sue Perkins comments, "Well, we do know that [[Music/{{Queen}} thunderbolt and lightning are very very frightening."]]
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[[folder:Music]]
* Note: For this category we only list sketches or spoken word interludes on musical albums to be counted as an example of Waxing Lyrical.
* Music/FrankZappa:
** During the song "Punky's Whips" Terry Bozzio is voicing his obsession for Punky Meadows and at one point says (not sings): "Oh, Punky, isn't it romantic?" While he says that a small musical snippet from the 1930s song "Isn't It Romantic?" can be heard in the background.
** Music/JoesGarage: During "Sy Borg" Joe is having sex with a robot, but gets too excited, causing the robot to malfunction and shout: "You're plooking too hard! Plooking too hard on me!" This is a reference to the 1966 song "Pushin' Too Hard" by The Seeds.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Occurs on occasion in the puntacular Sunday strips of ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'', where the setup for the jokes can lead to strange reconstructions of song lyrics. For example, Pig tells Rat about how he entered a bread-kneading competition at a fair, lost, and didn't even get to keep the bread dough that he kneaded. Rat responds by saying that if you're persistent enough, you can keep the dough, which prompts him to conclude with this gem:
-->'''Rat''': [[Music/TheRollingStones You can't always get what you won, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you knead]].
--> (BeatPanel)
-->'''Rat''': {{Who writes this|Crap}} [[SymbolSwearing @*!&]]?
* In one ''ComicStrip/ShermansLagoon'' strip, Sherman the shark announced that he was collecting (Easter) eggs. Sea turtle Fillmore pointed out that someone else was appointed to collect the eggs, and exclaimed, "Doesn't anyone know who they're supposed to be?" Of course, as soon as Sherman referred to himself as the "eggman," we all knew [[Music/TheBeatles that walrus would show up in the last panel]].
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/{{Mayfair}}'', based on ''Theatre/MyFairLady'', is peppered with references to the play's various songs, including:
** A street sign for Your Street ("The Street Where You Live")
** A dancing couple asking "dance all night?" ("I Could Have Danced All Night")
** Eliza's father has a card in his hatband reading "''Reminder:'' Get Me To The Church On Time"
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[[folder:Radio]]
* A very common gag in [[Radio/TheVeryWorldOfMiltonJones Milton Jones's shows]]; particular highlights include "Is this a photo of you with Music/{{REM}}?" "Yes, that's me in the corner" and this gem:
-->I had a Siamese twin, you see, but we were separated a couple of months before I went onto the comedy circuit. In fact he earned a little money from doing this really bad impressions of me, but then he became an astronaut. I saw him again recently. He asked me how I'd been. I said, well, at first I was afraid, I was petrified, thought that I could never live without you... by my side. But I spent so many nights, thinking how you did me wrong, and I grew strong... So now you're back. From outer space.
* ''Radio/AbsolutePower''
** In the first episode Sandy is accused of taking the petty cash, and stormed out. When they find out it was really stolen by the chairman of the Conservative Party and she returns, Charles greets her with "Ah, Sandy. You came and you gave without taking, but we sent you away."
** In episode 2 of season 3, Charles declares HesBack after being lovesick with "[[Theatre/{{Oliver}} I'm reviewing the situation, I'm a bad 'un, and a bad 'un I shall stay.]]"
* When Pip Bin, Mr Gently Benevolent and Harry Biscuit are in space in ''Radio/BleakExpectations'', Harry keeps quoting "Space Oddity". When he thinks Pippa is leaving him for Mr Benevolent (again), he does the first few lines of "I Will Survive".
** Also, His Majesty King George the Fourth's armada, including H.M.S. War, H.M.S. Huh, H.M.S. What Is It Good For?, and H.M.S. Absolutely Nothing.
* Happens occasionally on ''Radio/TheNowShow''; one particular example came when the audience question was "Who would you give an honour too?" and someone wrote "I would give a KBE to Shalamar, to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Night_to_Remember_(Shalamar_song) make him a knight to remember]]." (Hugh: "I think I was far away enough from the actual tune there that we don't have to pay royalties.")
** In the first episode of the 2010 election special series, ''The Vote Now Show'', they looked at the various government inspectors the Conservatives would abolish, including one who checks premises for illegal performing animals. The conversation between the inspector and a suspect quickly becomes "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Smith_and_the_Amazing_Dancing_Bear Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear]]".
*** The second-to-last episode of ''The Vote Now Show'', in what became a mini-RunningGag:
-->'''Jon Holmes''': I believe that the children are our future. Treat them well and let them lead the way, show them all the beauty they possess inside...\\
'''Steve Punt''': Jon, has someone bet you that you can't get the lyrics to a Whitney Houston song into tonight's show?\\
'''Jon Holmes''': Yes. Music/MitchBenn has, and he now owes me five pounds.
** Lloyd Langford on the failure of a Lib Dem peer to apologise for alleged sex offences: "It's sad, so sad, it's a sad, sad situation, and it's getting more and more absurd, but for Lord Rennard, [[Music/EltonJohn 'sorry' seems to be the hardest word]]".
** Steve Punt on the badger culls "Brian May is protesting again, in camouflage gear. [[Music/{{Queen}} He's got mud on his face, and he's waving his banner all over the place.]]"
* ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue''
** There's a round based on this. For instance, the following dialogue between Graeme Garden (as a doctor) and Barry Cryer (as his patient):
--->'''Barry''': I hope you won't want to give me a jab, because I'm terrified of needles.\\
'''Graeme''': ''(contemptuous)'' Baby. Take off your coat. Real slow.\\
'''Barry''': But it hurts when I move my arms.\\
'''Graeme''': Baby. Take off your shoes.\\
'''Barry''': I can't bend over, it hurts...\\
'''Graeme''': ''(irritated)'' I'll help you take off your shoes. Baby. Take off your dress.\\
'''Barry''': Now, I can explain about the dress...\\
'''Graeme''': ''(dismissively)'' Yes, yes, yes.\\
'''Barry ''': Doctor, do you want me to undress completely?\\
'''Graeme''': YouCanLeaveYourHatOn.
** If one of the teams is putting on an Italian accent for 86 Chicken Cross Lane (a game in which they construct a letter from a historic personage word by word), it will inevitably morph into "Shaddap You Face".
* The original radio version of ''Series/DeadRingers'' uses the same gag as the TV version, only with Radio 4 newsreader Charlotte Greene: "I'm Charlotte Greene. [[Theatre/WestSideStory Say it loud and there's music playing, say it soft and it's almost like praying]]. More on that story later."
* In ''Radio/OldHarrysGame Olympic Special'', Thomas finds himself trying to comfort Creator/MarilynMonroe.
-->'''Marilyn''': Where did I go wrong?
-->'''Thomas''': Well ... [[Music/EltonJohn Norma Jean ... It seems to me ... you lived your life ... like a candle, in the wind. Never knowing who to cling to ... when the rain set in...]]
-->'''Marilyn''': [[LiteralMinded Candles can't cling]].
* The title character of ''Lenin of the Rovers'', Russian footballer Ricky Lenin, does this quite often.
-->'''Ricky''': Look, Ray, I don't care too much for money. Because, you know, money ''can't'' buy me love.\\
...\\
'''Ricky''': Terry! Don't be a hero! Don't be a fool with your life!
** Eventually, the rest of the cast starts joining in.
-->'''Ricky''': Hey, that's neat. That's neat. That's neat, that's neat, that's neat, that's neat.
-->'''Terry Trotsky and Stevie Stalin''': I really love your tiger feet.
* A number of Music/TheBeatles titles are buried in the dialogue of the AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio drama ''Fanfare for the Common Men''.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/FiniansRainbow'', Og the {{leprechaun}} is trying to explain that he now knows WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove, and Finian plays along with the quotation of SillyLoveSongs:
-->'''Og''': Does an optical illusion feel an, oh, such a hungry yearning burning inside of him, under the hide of him? Does an optical illusion feel the beat-beat-beat of the tom-tom in the roaring traffic's boom, in his lonely room?\\
'''Finian''' (His scholarly interest is enlisted): Hmmm. Do you also feel like the promised kiss of springtime that trembles on the brink of a lovely song?\\
'''Og''': Yes, and what's worse, smoke keeps coming out of me eyes.\\
'''Finian''': You go round and round like an elevator lost in the tide?
* In ''The Complete History of America (abridged)'', Jefferson and Madison are brainstorming the beginning of the Bill of Rights. After throwing out each other's first ideas as [[StrawCharacter "too liberal" or "too conservative"]] suggestions, Jefferson suggests, [[Music/TheBeeGees "Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother, you're staying alive, staying alive,"]] to which Madison says, "No, that's too seventies."
* In an indirect example, the stars of the Broadway musical ''Theatre/RockOfAges'' are this; a small town girl, trying to escape her [[Music/{{Journey}} lonely world]], and a city boy [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything born and raised in south Detroit]].
* A running gag in ''The Case of the Tale Told by an Idiot'', a Theatre/{{Macbeth}}/FilmNoir mash-up by Bruce Kane. The FemmeFatale, Nola, is described in the words of "Whatever Lola Wants" and "Copacabana". Her accomplice's confession at the end keeps lapsing into "You Made Me Love You". Macbeth's soliloquies (in addition to the ones Shakespeare gave him) are "I'm Forever Chasing Rainbows", "Night and Day", and "Three O'Clock in the Morning".
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Many units in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'' will spout song lyrics as their StopPokingMe lines.
** By extension, VideoGame/{{Starcraft}} as well.
*** On particular note was Lt. Duran from Brood War, who was prone to (of course) reciting Music/DuranDuran lyrics when poked.
** In ''Warcraft II'', the cheat code to instantly research all magic spells was "[[Music/ThePolice every little thing she does]]".
* In ''VideoGame/{{Sam and Max|FreelancePolice}}: Ice Station Santa'', Sam and Max confront a giant Maimtron robot that randomly drops appropriate pop-song lyrics into its dialogue. Sam can distract it by asking it questions like "Why do fools fall in love?" and "Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?"
** The Maimtron is reactivated in ''What's New Beelzebub'' with the words, "Did you think I'd crumble? Did you think I'd lay down and die? Oh no. Not I. I will survive. I will survive."
** Later in ''Sam & Max: What's New, Beelzebub?'', they meet Satan who quotes the two lines everyone knows from [[Music/TheRollingStones Sympathy for the Devil]].
** They also find a radio at one point in ''Moai Better Blues'', where if you return to a particular channel several times you get these lines: "Hello, hello, hello?" "Is there anybody out there?" "Just respond if you can hear me." [[Music/PinkFloyd "Is there anyone at home?"]]
** In ''The Devil's Playhouse'', the Maimtron army march to war against [[spoiler: Maxthulthu]] while chanting, "If you liked it than you should have put a ring on it, if you liked it than you should have put a ring on it..."
* ''VideoGame/HotelMario'' has Mario telling one of the Koopalings: [[Music/TheRollingStones "Hey you! Get off of my cloud!"]]
* [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Jolee Bindo]] spent twenty years on Kashyyyk. Why?
-->'''Jolee:''' I did it all for the Wookiees.
-->'''PC:''' [[Music/LimpBizkit The Wookiees]]?
-->'''Jolee:''' The Wookiees!
* In the handheld versions of ''[[VideoGame/TheSims The Urbz: Sims in the City]]'', after you best the Red Man at a fiddling contest:
-->'''Player Character:''' I told you once, you son of a gun, I'm the best there's ever been!
* In ''{{VideoGame/Metal Gear Solid 3|SnakeEater}}'', if the player starts the game by saying "I like [=MGS2=]!" in the opening screen, Snake will [[SillinessSwitch be wearing a mask in the opening cutscene and greet the Major by saying "Can you hear me, Major Tom?"]]
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' does this [[ReferenceOverdosed all the time.]] For example, pretty much every cake-based food item in the game references lyrics from a song by ''Music/{{CAKE}}''.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', there is a guy running around in Hyrule Castle Town. If you talk to him, he says: "I'm late! For a very important date!".
* Some of the clothing\instrument descriptions in ''VideoGame/RockBand'', unsurprisingly.
* In ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' 3U, talking to one of the Moga Village fishing boat captains when you have both Shakalaka party members with you results in him reciting a short (and hilarious) homage to a famous Mary Poppins song.
* In Episode 3 of ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople,'' Strong Bad's character, Dangeresque, begins doing this when his father, "Dadgeresque," is killed.
-->'''Dangeresque:''' Don't do this dad, you have to hang on! Did you ever know that you're my hero? We've only just begun! You're the wind beneath my wings! [[Main/TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Umm... She Bop?]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsUX'':
** In Scenario 12, Soushi uses quotes from the opening and ending song lyrics of ''Anime/FafnerInTheAzureDeadAggressor'' [[note]]"Hajimareba, izure owaru" for the opening song, "Kizu wo outte demo habataki taito, sou negau no nara" for the ending song[[/note]]. Later in Scenario 25, [[Anime/FafnerInTheAzureDeadAggressor Tsubaki]] will use another quote from another ''Fafner'' ending song "Separation" [[note]]"Atashi, ika nakucha"[[/note]]. Lyrics from ''[[Anime/FafnerInTheAzureDeadAggressor Fafner In The Azure: Heaven and Earth]]'' are quoted by Shou in Scenario 29 [[note]]"If dead people return to the soil, then all of us, then we are all living above dead in a way"[[/note]], while [[Toys/BBSenshiSangokuden Ryuubi Gundam or Chousen Qubeley]] quotes the main song lyrics in Scenario 47 [[note]]"Tamashii wa, katachi wo koe nakara..."[[/note]].
** In Scenario 34, [[VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}} Doctor West]] will quote the lyrics of the 1979 anime ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'' [[note]]"Hahaha! The blowing wind suits this Genius Scientist Doctoooor West!"[[/note]].
** During Scenario 43 of the Union Route, Fei-Yen HD, Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee will sing the lyrics of the opening song "Tori no Uta" from ''Anime/DancougarNova'' together [[note]]Fei-Yen - "Hokori to ai ga kyoumeishite... Kanadeteru, melody!"; Sheryl - "Tsubasa wa, kaze ni notte...!"; Ranka - "Oo sora ni inoru, Tori no Uta...!"[[/note]].
** At one point in ''UX'', [[Anime/MazinkaiserSKL Aira]] uses the lyrics from "Proud", an in-anime song from ''Manga/KuroganeNoLinebarrel'' [[note]]"Hitomi no naka ni utsushi dasareta kibou no kakera. Toki wo koe... Kizuna wo egaku, mirai."[[/note]].
** Shou uses the lyrics to "Fly Dunbine", the opening song to ''Anime/AuraBattlerDunbine'', in Scenario 46 [[note]]"Osoreruna, kanashimuna. Shinjiru kokoro ga... Seigi ni narundaaa!"[[/note]].
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Shinn Asuka]] will quote lyrics from the ending song "Life Goes On" from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''. [[note]]"Kono inochi ga, aru kagiri."[[/note]]
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'', Irm will sometimes quote the ''Series/UltramanTaro'' opening theme when he attacks.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Happens all the time in ''My Name Is Might Have Been'', a ''VideoGame/RockBand'' {{Fan Web Comic|s}}.
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' does this in [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/871.html this strip]], which incorporates a number of Duran Duran lyrics, and [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/2557.html this strip]], in which the transcript of Galileo's trial consists of the lyrics to "Bohemian Rhapsody".
* In ''Webcomic/ElfOnlyInn'' this was actually a plot point, where Slave made a big deal about someone stealing her (his?) poetry, only later was forced to admit she'd stolen all her poetry from a certain well-known singer.
* One ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' strip involves T-Rex [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=562 trying to hold conversations entirely in lyrics from "A Long December"]] by Music/CountingCrows. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Dromiceiomimus and Utahraptor.
-->''"Come on T-Rex, passing off lyrics as conversation ONLY AMUSES YOURSELF."''
-->--''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=562 562]][[note]]The song is by Music/CountingCrows — [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D5PtyrewSs "A Long December"]][[/note]]

* Happens in [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0358.html this strip]] of ''WebComic/DarthsAndDroids''. Annie really seems to like the Broadway; that's not the first time she's done it.
** Meanwhile, Jim is riffing off the Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush duet "Don't Give Up".
* ''WebComic/{{xkcd}}'' does this every now and then, prompting many readers to start quoting the comic. This, inevitably, leads to {{Flame War}}s, they get in one little fight and my mom got scared and said YOU'RE MOVIN' WITH YOUR AUNTIE AND YOUR UNCLE IN BEL AIR
* Mentl in ''Webcomic/TheChallengesOfZona'' is a mage who can use [[ThePowerOfRock favorite song lyrics as powerful spells]]. Examples: he sent blasts of fire by singing [[Music/JerryLeeLewis "Great Balls of Fire"]], and can travel between dimensions by singing [[Music/TheBeatles "Get Back to where you once belonged"]]
* ''Webcomic/TimesLikeThis'' has many examples of this trope, including:
** [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=122 Cassie concluding a graduation speech with words from Natasha Bedingfield's "Unwritten".]]
** [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=489 A court jester performing "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" for... King Henry VIII.]]
** [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=396 Cassie reading lyrics from Rush's "Tom Sawyer" to Mark Twain (who thinks it's a book review).]]
* In the second ''Li'l Mell'' storyline, a running gag involves Sergio trying to write his own playground songs, based on Music/SimonAndGarfunkel, and Mell telling him they're terrible. At the end, Sergio wonders if they'll see Homeschool Joe again and Mell says she told him "Me and Sergio are down by the schoolyard".
* ''Webcomic/Level30Psychiatry'': [[http://lvl30psy.thecomicseries.com/comics/39/ It turns out Tails' theme from Sonic Adventure was a pretty accurate psychiatric assessment.]]
* Faye attempts it in [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=977 this]] ''WebComic/QuestionableContent'' strip. It doesn't go over well.
* In ''Webcomic/WorstOfTheTimeLords'', the Tenth Doctor gives the following explanation for the First Doctor:
-- '''Ten:''' [[Music/BobDylan I was so much older then.]] [[TheNthDoctor I'm younger then that now.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick:'' After getting hit with a ''Crushing Despair'' spell, the [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0591.html giant devil]] whines about his old high school buddies going on to become [[TheRollingStones men of wealth and taste]].
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* A frequent gag including ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''. Including:
-->'''Marik:''' Let's see how you like my Cage of Doom!\\
'''Yami:''' Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage.\\
\\
'''Vic Mignogna:''' Let's dance!\\
'''Yami:''' I don't feel like dancing. No sir. No dancing today.\\
\\
'''Téa:''' We didn't start the fire! It was always burning since the world's been turning!

** And another one, from Episode 36, that then [[DiegeticSwitch turns into BGM]]:
-->'''Yugi:''' Hey, Joey, how'd it come to this? I mean, after all we've been through? Two of a pair, now on opposite sides.
-->'''Joey:''' Yeah, from the very start with honor we've dueled 'n stuff. Watched each other’s backs and, you know, battled with pride.\\
'''Yugi:''' We’re closer than brothers. And now we have to fight each other.\\
'''Yugi and Joey, singing:''' And we trust our fate to the heart of the cards!\\
'''Tristan:''' No matter what!\\
'''Yugi and Joey, singing:''' Let the game begin.\\
'''Tristan:''' No matter what!\\
'''Yugi and Joey, singing:''' May the best man win.\\
[[note]]'''Kaiba:''' (I love this song)[[/note]]
* Any time {{Rickroll}}ing comes up in an Internet discussion, there's a good chance that someone will mention how Rick Astley's never gonna give you up and never gonna let you down. You wouldn't get it from any other guy. It's now possible to recite lines that are simply a similar form of exaggeratedly romantic promises, and ''get your audience to RickRoll themselves''.
* ''Literature/TheDescendants'' loves this. To date, it's used ''Hurt'' by Trent Reznor, ''Once in a Lifetime'' by Talking Heads and ''Sympathy for the Devil'' by The Rolling Stones.
** The ''Sympathy for the Devil'' one is arguable, because the characters were quoting the ShowWithinAShow.
* Wiki/TVTropes: In addition to trope names, tropers will often disguise quotes from the song or show they're discussing as banter-like natter.
* Unskippable's Grandia III episode:
** As far as I know there's only been one.
** Singular sensation.
* An episode of ENN has the newsreaders reciting the theme song to ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''.
* [[http://beta.newsbiscuit.com/board/61/01/8//Mild-alarm-caused-by-kung-fu-fighting-ou.html This]] Website/NewsBiscuit article, "Mild alarm caused by kung fu fighting outbreak" ("it was a little bit frightening" said one witness)
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''
** In a really old version of the character page, Marzipan's description stated that "She loves horses and her boyfriend, too."
** "3 Times Halloween Funjob" has Strong Sad dressing up like David Byrne, and sure enough there's an EasterEgg with the inevitable reference to the lyrics of "Once In A Lifetime".
** The last update to the site (until AprilFoolsDay of 2014, at least) was a "Decemberween costume special" that had The King of Town dressed up as Heat Miser from ''WesternAnimation/TheYearWithoutASantaClaus''. When Homestar confused it for a "Devil Don King", he was corrected, followed by the KOT saying "I'm Mister Heat Blister, I'm Mister Hundred and One!"
* Whenever someone on a message board or any sort of site says something that also happens to be the lyrics to a song, the next few posts are usually continuations of the lyrics.....
* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] tends to do this quite a lot, most often when a comic's dialogue gives him a decent opening. This is usually an excuse to play the song, no matter how otherwise irrelevant, over the opening title card or closing credits. He will also occasionally play a clip from the song immediately after reciting the verse if he thinks viewers might not get the reference. He seems to know an awful lot of songs.
* After a chapter of ''Roleplay/DiveQuest'' that's been particularly harrowing for both of them on a personal level, Tislomer and Babrakus start reciting lines from the Music/DropkickMurphys' "Forever".
* In ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'', some of WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick 's elven montages feature lyrics to 'One Week' by Music/BarenakedLadies and Music/BadRomance by Music/LadyGaga.
* ''Blog/ThingsMrWelchIsNoLongerAllowedToDoInAnRPG'':
--> 390. My character's background must be more in-depth than a montage of Queen lyrics.
* In the ''WebVideo/DVDRHell'' review of ''{{Bibleman}}'', archvillain [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Doctor Insano]] delivers a "WeWillMeetAgain" speech from behind bars.
-->"Beware, Bibleman -- There's [[Series/CharlesInCharge a new scientist in the neighborhood! Lives downstairs, and it's understood!]]
* [[Website/TheAgonyBooth Mr. Mendo]] does this a lot, usually as a CouchGag. At various times, he's introduced himself as:
-->Your fantabulous host who [[HolidayInCambodia works harder with a gun in his back for a bowl of rice a day]], [[ThemeTune who's got a double mission with evil at its worst]], [[Music/TheNotoriousBIG who can fill you with real millionaire shit...]], etc.
* WebVideo/TVTrash's The Rowdy Reviewer does this when reviewing ''WesternAnimation/TheGroovenians''. After a character says "Tomorrow is another day", he follows it up with "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bring_On_the_Rain And I'm thirsty anyway, so bring on the rain.]]"
* In ''[[WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesKpts4tv Death Note: The Abridged Series (Kpts4tv)]]'' DaChief declares "[[RickRoll I won't let you down... or give you up... but I might run and round and desert you.]]"
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic concludes his review of ''Film/JingleAllTheWay'' with this, as a threat to Santa:
-->'''Critic''': You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout. I'm telling you why. THE NOSTALGIA CRITIC IS COMING TO YOUR HOUSE!
* Happens occasionally in WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows' videos, usually using lyrics from the song he's reviewing.
--> (Top 10 Best Songs of 2012) '''Todd''': (on Music/{{Gotye}}) We can let him have another hit! He's so talented! ...You didn't have to cut him off!\\
(Top 10 Best Songs of 2013) '''[[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh Kyle]]''': Get out there and be the best...hooded [[Music/{{Queen}} silhouetto of a man]] that you can be!
* In ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'', Penwood and his men get reports that London Bridge is falling down.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** The episode "Bart Gets an Elephant" has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPrI8db74kA a scene where Homer crashes the family car into a statue of a deer]], leading to a [[Funny/TheSimpsonsSeasons1To8 Crowning Moment of Funny]] as the characters inadvertently recite the opening line of "Do-Re-Mi" from ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic''.
--->'''Homer:''' D'oh![[note]](or maybe "[[{{Pun}} Doe)!"]][[/note]]\\
'''Lisa:''' A deer!\\
'''Marge:''' A ''female'' deer!
** Homer also mourns his loss of the freedom he had in his youth, "I used to [[Music/{{KISS}} rock and roll all night and party ev-e-ry day]]. Then it was every other day. Now I'm lucky if I can find one night a month in which to get funky."
** From the rock and roll fantasy camp episode when Homer is forced to leave:
--->'''Mick Jagger:''' Cheer up Homer, it's only Rock 'n' Roll Camp.\\
'''Homer:''' But I like it...
** Homer's attempt to put off telling Apu that he knows about Apu's affair:
--->'''Homer:''' So, if you take ''that'' bottle down, and pass ''it'' around...\\
'''Apu:''' Yes, yes, I know. There will be 47 bottles of beer on the wall!
** And when Homer pretends to be a robot in a robot fighting competition ("I, D'oh-Bot), he defeats one robot using a buzzsaw by [[HoistByHisOwnPetard using its own weapon against it]], leading to this commentary:
--->'''Announcer 1:''' He's killing him softly with his saw.\\
'''Announcer 2:''' Killing him softly?\\
'''Announcer 1:''' [[Music/TheFugees With his saw!]]
** When the Springfieldians decide to keep their beloved burlesque house, Reverend Lovejoy (indirectly) quotes the Crosby, Stills, and Nash song, 'Our House':
--->'''Lovejoy:''' This house is a very, very, very fine house.
** In "Bart Gets Hit By A Car" Bart goes to Hell and meets the Devil, who says: [[Music/TheRollingStones "Please allow me to introduce myself"]].
** In "Lisa the Vegetarian" Music/PaulMcCartney says he enjoys being in "Apu's garden in the shades". (A reference to the Beatles' song "Octopus's Garden"). Also when he hears Lisa ran away from home he says: "She's leaving home?"
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** In "Red Man's Greed" the citizens of South Park are all being evicted by an oppressive Native American casino. They rise up and march and sing as one. The song includes lines such as "We are strong" and "No one can tell us were wrong" and sounds like an inspiring protest song... 'til it turns out they're singing "Love Is A Battlefield".
** In "Kenny Dies", Cartman appears before Congress, and after making his speech, says "I'm not the best speaker. Maybe I can put it best in the words of a timeless song." He then proceeds to lead Congress in "Heat of the Moment."
** The boys warn the police that criminals are going to be at the monster mash in "A Nightmare On Face Time."
-->'''Sgt. Yates''': How many people at the Monster Mash?\\
'''Officer''': Most of the town, sir. It's a graveyard smash.\\
'''Officer 2''': Look, whatever we do, we'd better hurry. It gets on in a flash.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** The episode "Running Mates" where Peter runs for head of the PTA had him just reciting sitcom lyrics in his speech:
--->'''Peter''': [[Series/OneDayAtATime This is life. The one you get, so go and have a ball]]. [[Series/DiffrentStrokes Because the world don't march to the beat of just one drum, what might be right for you, might be wrong for some]]. [[Series/TheFactsOfLife You take the good and take the bad and there you have]]... my opening statement.
** "Sit, Ubu, sit. Good dog."
** Also, when Peter's dad vanishes at the baseball game after going to "buy some peanuts and Cracker Jack", Brian responds with "I don't care if he never gets back." *{{Beat}}* "[[LampshadeHanging I wasn't being cute, I really hope he's dead.]]"
** In the episode where Lois becomes a model, Peter asks her "So don't you wanna go back and do your little turn on the catwalk? On the catwalk? Yeah, on the catwalk? Do your little turn on the catwalk?"
** In the ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuyPresentsLaughItUpFuzzball parody]], when Leia strangles Jabba, his subtitles may read "Help, I'm being strangled!" [[EvenTheSubtitlerIsStumped but his Jabbaspeak is the lyrics to Lady Marmalade]]. Later, when C-3P0 is regaling the Ewoks with stories, he is telling them the opening theme to ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''.
** When Carter Pewterschmidt suffers a heart attack, he exclaims "I’m having a heart attack-ack-ack-ack! You oughta know by now!" before losing consciousness.
** In "Foreign Affairs" Bonnie gets in a relationship with another paraplegic. Joe says that he truly loves her and proves it by standing (with help from Quagmire). The other paraplegic states that he would do anything for love, but he won't do that.
** Lois tells Stewie to behave on Christmas as Santa is watching.
--->'''Stewie''': What the devil do you mean, "watching"?\\
'''Lois''': Well, honey, Santa's making a list and checking it twice.\\
'''Meg''': He sees you when you're sleeping.\\
'''Chris''': And he knows when you're awake. *{{Beat}}* I almost caught him last year. But he's magic!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'':
--> '''Dr Venture:''' You know I feel so dirty when they start talking cute.
--> '''The Monarch:''' Yeah, well get used to it.
--> '''Dr Venture:''' I want to tell her that I love her, but the point is probably moot.
--> '''The Monarch:''' ... Are you reciting ''Jessie's Girl''?
** Also at the start of "Ghost Pirates of the Sargasso", we see Major Tom's last conversation before his spaceship crashes; the conversation is mostly David Bowie's "Space Oddity" and "Ashes to Ashes".
** As well as Hank reciting Music/TheDoors lyrics while tripping on Molotov's spy poison, and several gags done with the ageing rockstars that seem to constitute most of The Guild's leadership. Venture Bros does this a lot actually.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''
** [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent An entire episode]] of this joke. "Meet the Beat-Alls", in which most lines of dialogue were from Beatles songs. It was nominated for an Emmy. And neatly subverted at the end:
--->'''Blossom''': Well, it's like the song goes - the love you take is equal to... equal to... oh, who cares, it's by some dumb old band anyway.
** Another episode that wasn't even remotely Beatles-related threw one in, too:
--> '''Princess:''' ''Help!'' I need somebody! Help! Not just anybody!
** Before the narrator gives his end of episode {{Catchphrase}} in "Knock it Off"
--> '''Narrator:''' I guess the love you take IS equal to the love you make!
** When the Mayor looks through a telescope during the heat wave in "Ice Sore":
--->'''Mayor''': Goodness gracious! Great ball of fire!
** In "Say Uncle", the Professor reads a telegram from his brother.
--->"[[Music/TheMonkees I'll be on the last train to Clarksville. Come meet me at the station.]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "Xmas Story":
-->'''Leela:''' Fry's outside? He's in great danger!\\
'''Dr. Zoidberg:''' Why?\\
'''Leela:''' I'm telling you why! [[BadSanta Santa Claus is coming to town!]]
** In the same episode,
--> '''Robot Santa:''' You've been very naughty, Fry and Leela. I checked my list.
-->'''Fry:''' Well, check it twice!\\
'''Robot Santa:''' I perform over fifty mega-checks per second!
** "The Sting":
--->'''Fry:''' How big's the honeycomb?
--->'''Hermes:''' Honeycomb's big, yeah, yeah, yeah.
--->'''Bender:''' It's not small?
--->'''Hermes:''' No, no, no.
** Near the end of "Three Hundred Big Boys", when the piles of war plunder catch fire, RichardNixon yells "The loot! The loot! The loot is on fire!"
** In the second straight to DVD movie, "The Beast With a Billion Backs", Prof. Wernstum orders some tentacle-resisters to "Stop! In the name of love!"
** Also from "I Dated A Robot".
--->'''George Michael's Head:''' Please pick me up before you go-go?
** Also this from "Bender's Game":
-->'''Elevator Steward:''' Maintenance shaft 7 serving...
-->'''Professor:''' Shut your mouth.
-->'''Elevator Steward:''' I'm just talking about the shaft.
** Still in "Bender's Game":
-->'''Robot Psychiatrist:''' You're suffering from a breakdown. [[Music/MCHammer Now stop, hammertime.]] ''(activates the "treatment", which is basically hitting the patient with a hammer.)''
** In "The Tip of the Zoidberg", The Professor tells Dr. (John) Zoidberg to flee by saying, "Go Johnny, Go!".
* Variation: In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode where Roger poses as a college professor, his opening lecture quotes from the spoken introduction of Prince's "Let's Go Crazy". ("Electric word, 'life', it means forever, and that's a mighty long time...")
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** Señor Senior Sr. paraphrases from Music/TalkingHeads' "Life During Wartime" when he tells his son "This is not a party, this is not a disco, this is not... fooling around!"
** In another episode (which also counts as GettingCrapPastTheRadar):
--->'''Dr. Drakken''': Your Nana is one bad grandmother...
--->'''Kim''': Shut yo' mouth!
--->'''Dr. Drakken''': [[Film/{{Shaft}} I'm just talkin' about Nana.]]
** In "Rufus in Show", when Kim and Ron infiltrated a dog-show, and Kim discovered the gems stolen by Falsetto Jones:
--->'''Kim''': And Bingo was his name-o.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''
** Rocko's attempt at hiding his nail-biting habit using a ham and a monkey puppet leads him to remark, "Everybody's got something to hide, except for meat and my monkey."
** In another episode, Rocko recalls a school bully named Dingo who literally harassed him until the day he moved to America.
--->'''Rocko:''' Why he never liked me, I'll never know, and Dingo was his name...
--->'''Heffer & Filbert:''' Oh.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MonkeyDust'', several of Clive's many excuses for being late.
* 29 years before the ''Futurama'' example above, the StopMotion ChristmasSpecial ''WesternAnimation/SantaClausIsCominToTown'' worked in a similar gag while still averting a TitleDrop.
-->'''Kris Kringle:''' You better watch out. You better not cry, you better not pout.
-->'''Children:''' Why?
-->'''Kris Kringle:''' I'm telling you why! Because ''I'' came to town.
** As did fellow [[Creator/RankinBassProductions Rankin-Bass]] StopMotion {{Christmas Special}}s ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'' and ''WesternAnimation/FrostyTheSnowman''.
* The first episode of the eminently forgettable ''Family Dog'' had exactly one funny moment, when one character says to the ButtMonkey dog, "It just goes to show you, you can't always get what you wa-ant."
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''
** A sketch featuring a crossover of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'', ''Film/IRobot'', and ''UnsolvedMysteries'', introduces the case with the line "Meet George Jetson, his boy Elroy, daughter Judy, Jane his wife." The sketch ends with a preview of the 'next episode', WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}. Was she outrageous? Truly, truly outrageous?"
** [[BlackComedy The principal walks in on a student who murdered his music teacher.]]
--> '''Principal''': (shocked) The leader of the band!
--> '''Student''': His blood runs through my instrument! (plays the saxophone as blood spurts out)
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', Senator Stampingston introduces Dethklok to the Tribunal using the lyrics to the theme song.
--> Skwisgaar Skwigelf, taller than a tree. Toki Wartooth, not a bumblebee. William Murderface. Murderface. Murderface. Pickles. The drummer. Doodily doo...ding dong doodily...doodily doo. Nathan Explosion.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''
** Grim said, upon realising he was in a dream [[Music/TalkingHeads "This is not me beautiful house! This is not me beautiful wife!" and woke up to Billy chanting "Same as it ever was! Same as it ever was!"]]
** In another episode, Billy chastises General Skarr for not being as evil as Billy thought he was.
--->'''Billy:''' [[Music/MichaelJackson You ain't bad! YOU AIN'T NOTHIN'!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': "[[Music/WeirdAlYankovic I am Wreck-Gar]]! I [[ActorAllusion dare to be stupid]]!" Also a MythologyGag, since that song was featured in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie''.
* In one of the climactic battles of ''Anime/TransformersCybertron,'' Optimus orders his troops into battle formation with the command, "Come together, right now! ''Over me!''" The ''Cybertron'' dub had a lot of those.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' combined this with ThePowerOfRock with the Foreigner Belt, which gave its wearer super-powers triggered by reciting the titles of Foreigner songs.
** From the villain roll call in ''The Last One'':
-->'''Ignignokt''': Just say 'here', and we'll consider that short for 'Here I am, rock you like a hurricane'.
-->'''Err''': You do as the Music/{{Scorpions}} have before you!
* On ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', when Babs arrives at New York, she says "New York, just like I pictured it. Skycrapers and everything", a line from the spoken section of Music/StevieWonder's "Living in the City".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''
** The Warners watched a [[LeFilmArtistique pretentious French film]] with dialogue from the original lyrics to "Frere Jacques" and "Alouette".
** In "Woodstock Slappy", when the festival gathers right outside Slappy's tree and she wonders aloud what's going on, Skippy says "There's something happening here. What it is ain't exactly clear." Slappy is unamused.
** In "Deduces Wild", the Warner's scavenger hunt list gradually turns into "The Twelve Days of Christmas".
** In "This Pun For Hire", Yakko asks Hello Nurse "What's your story, sister?". Dot takes it as her cue to quote the opening lines of "Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves" before Yakko explains that he wasn't talking to her.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''
** In one episode, Jackie explains that he's in a western town because "I've been working on the railroad." The people he's talking to get angry, and he adds "All the livelong day?"
** In another, the thunder demon Tchang Zu is revived, only to discover that his former realm is now part of Hollywood:
-->'''Tchang Zu:''' My palace! These humans have paved my paradise and constructed a...
-->'''Ratso:''' Uh, [[Music/JoniMitchell parking lot]]?
* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Christmas is|HereAgain}} [[ChristmasSpecial Here Again]]'', Buster the fox refuses to follow the others into the BigBad's hideout.
-->'''Paul Rocco''': Let him stay. He only gets us into trouble anyway.\\
'''Buster''': He's right. I'm troubled waters, see. Now be a bridge and ease my mind.
* The Flash pulled one on ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', when asked where Batman was:
-->"He's running late. Batmobile lost a wheel and Joker got away." (''the League members cast pained expressions at Flash'') "Well, that's what I heard."
** Doubles as a ContinuityNod to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Veju4PxhuGc Joker's version of "Jingle Bells"]] in [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries "Christmas with the Joker."]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "A Bird in the Hoof," Fluttershy realizes, "[[Disney/AliceInWonderland I'm late! For a very important date!]]" Bonus points for her being reminded by a rabbit with a pocketwatch.
* Referenced on ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', where his grandma says Arnold "[[Music/TheAllmanBrothersBand was born on the backseat of a Greyhound Bus, going down Highway 41.]]" Grandpa Phil points out [[LampshadeHanging that's "from an old hippie song"]].
* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}}'' where Krystal wins the lottery and Dan Halen pretends to be in love with her to get to her money.
** "Krystal, I want to know what love is, I know you can show me. I feel like making love to you. Love in an elevator, lovin' up as I'm goin' down."
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', while giving some advice, Binky Barnes starts reciting the lyrics of the [[ThemeTuneCameo show's actual theme song]] ("You gotta listen to your heart/Listen to the beat/Listen to the rhythm/The rhythm of the street"). He then notes that it's just something he heard somewhere.
* {{Inverted|Trope}} in the ''WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock'' sketch "The Preamble", in which much of the song is just the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States set to music. [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic And it is awesome.]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BumpInTheNight'', Mr. Bumpy, Squishington and Molly Coddle are in a contest to see who can freak each other out. Squishington "averts" to a sight behind the door:
-->'''Squishington:''' Get back! Get back to where you once belonged!
* Though the CD didn't come out until about two seasons later, ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'''s William says "Being sensible is just not sensible". Yumi points out that it came from the Subdigitals (then the Subsonics, but they changed the name to avoid copyright from another similar band).
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* There is a time and a place for this sort of wordplay; [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-11672840 at an inquest asking you why you shot a man dead]] is not it.
* A dark (and likely unintentional) example appears in ''Wonderful Tonight'', the autobiography of Pattie Boyd (ex-wife and [[TheMuse muse]] of both Music/GeorgeHarrison and Music/EricClapton). Music/RingoStarr refused to believe that his wife, Maureen, was having an affair with George until George announced that he was in love with Maureen in front of an entire dinner party--including their spouses. According to Boyd, Ringo [[HeroicBSOD worked himself into a state]] and went around for the rest of the night muttering, "[[Music/TheBeatles Nothing is real]], [[MadnessMantra nothing is real]]."
* While not exactly trying to pass them off as "regular conversation", {{ESPN}}'s Chris Fowler reveals in an interview with ''Sports Illustrated'' magazine that he had one of his groomsmen incorporate song lyrics into his speech at Fowler's wedding. The groomsman introduced it as "a reading from the great American poet [[Music/{{Metallica}} James Hetfield]]". (The song in question was "Nothing Else Matters".)
* Happens on ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'' a few times.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/bohemian-nobody/5571 Bohemian Nobody]]
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/easy-come-easy-go/435 Easy Come, Easy Go]]
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/two-is-the-moan-iest-number/28385 Two Is The Moan-iest Number]]
* After the 2014 Oscar ceremony, when his song "Happy" from ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2'' lost the Best Original Song category to "Let It Go" from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', [[http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/pharrell-oscars-loss-decided-article-1.1734194 Pharrell Williams expressed his feelings]]:
-->"When they read the results, my face was … frozen. But then I thought about it and I just decided just to … let it go."
* Herman Cain used a quote in one of his speeches, which he attributed to a ‘poet’, and in a later speech he claimed it was from ‘the closing song to the 2000 Olympics’, unaware that it was taken from ''[[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/The_Power_of_One_(song) The Power of One]]'', used in the ending of the American dub of ''Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}}''. [[HilarityEnsues The internet did]]. Later, when he dropped out of the Republican Party’s primary elections for the 2012 presidential elections, he used the same quote in his concession speech, saying, ‘I believe these words come from the Pokémon movie,’ trying to pass it off as an indication of him being a family man.
-->'''Cain:''' Life can be a challenge. Life can seem impossible. It’s never easy when there’s so much on the line. but you can make a difference: with courage, you can set things right. The gift to dream, and make dreams real, is yours and mine.
* An anecdote from the ''New York Times'' [[http://www.nytimes.com/1998/09/28/nyregion/metropolitan-diary-057673.html "Metropolitan Diary" of September 28, 1998]]:
-->They didn't need the coming revival of ''Theatre/OnTheTown'' to inspire them--Sidney Sandler gave his prescription information to the order taker for the AARP Pharmacy Service in Pennsylvania. He followed this with his address and ended with "New York, New York." The following exchange ensued, short but a delight to both participants.\\
'''Order taker''': "It's a hell of a town."\\
'''Mr. Sandler''': "The Bronx is up."\\
'''Order taker''': "And the Battery is down."
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