->''I get the odd night when I'm halfway through "Don't Look Back In Anger" when I say to myself. "I still don't know what these words mean!" I'm thinking what the... what the... "stand up beside the fireplace". Why?''
--> -- '''Noel Gallagher''' of Music/{{Oasis}}

Some songs are very lyrically direct. Other songs, however, are the musical equivalent of WordSaladTitle. [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory They might have some kind of symbolic meaning]]. Maybe the songwriter went for the feeling associated with the words rather than the direct meaning. [[RuleOfCool Or maybe they just strung together a bunch of lines that sounded cool]]. Either way, the results are [[MindScrew incomprehensible]]. Can also extend to [[WordSaladTitle the title]] (often [[NonAppearingTitle so weird it isn't in the lyrics]]). Common results when listening is [[{{Mondegreen}} hearing the lyrics wrong]] or [[SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein not even bothering to make up words]].

A special case is Japanese music. A lot of apparently incomprehensible Japanese lyrics are actually puns or other wordplays based on alternate translations of the kanji used, similar-sounding words, or (most often) both. Much of what may seem gibberish even in the original Japanese, is actually clever [=and/or=] [[IncrediblyLamePun silly puns]] or DoubleEntendre for those who know their kanji well enough. Of course, a lot of the "alternate reading" wordplays are just as incomprehensible as the main readings. See the ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' example below.

LyricalShoehorn (which in literature is known as Dada Poetry) where words are used exclusively for their sound, cadence, and alliteration; with no concern for meaning.

See also SurrealThemeTune, {{Scatting}}, WordSaladTitle, WordSaladPhilosophy, TheWalrusWasPaul, and TrueArtIsIncomprehensible. May overlap with PhraseSaladLyrics. Not to be confused with [[ViewersAreGeniuses Listeners Are Geniuses]], where lyrics are loaded with literary, mythological, or pop-cultural references that are confusing only to non-geniuses.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Metal]]

* Pretty much all of Music/BlackSabbath's work until the end of the Music/OzzyOsbourne era. For instance, "Symptom Of The Universe" is pretty much a combination of strange fantasy imagery and MeaninglessMeaningfulWords:
-->Take me through the centuries to supersonic years
-->Electrifying enemy is drowning in his tears
-->All I have to give you is a love that never dies
-->The symptom of the universe is written in your eyes
* All of Music/SystemOfADown 's releases have at least one of these.
** The self-titled debut album has "[=DDevil=]".
-->Plagiarised existence exists among the writers of the word!
-->Shake your spear at Shakespeare! Shake your spear at Shakespeare!
-->Loud! And! Noisy! Strange refrigerators gaining independence! Gaining independence!
** While more likely construed as a series of sexual euphamisms, elements of "Bounce" could certainly qualify as the example from ''Toxicity''.
-->Jump! Pogo-pogo-pogo-pogo! Bounce! Pogo-pogo-pogo-pogo!
** ''Steal This Album!'' has "Chic 'N Stu"
-->Ballgame's in the refrigerator!
-->Door's closed! Lights're out! Butter's gettin' hard!
-->WHAT A SPLENDID PIE! PIZZA, PIZZA PIE!
** And the ''Mesmerize/Hypnotize'' double CD gets represented by "Vicinity Of Obscenity".
-->Banana, banana, banana, terracotta! Banana, terracotta! Terracotta pie!
* Music/{{Deftones}} have a few of these, such as "Engine No. 9":
-->This ain't no motherfuckin' stick up just pick up the stick up
-->And watch it roll real close rolling out of my hand 'til
-->It cracks to that fucking dome living off the curb
-->That peels you from the curb a lick rest off
-->Do you dig many in '93 been making them fools 'bout
-->Round bumping around me you'll want to run from
-->Underground at the best walk the live from the verb
-->On the beats I won't see you fuckin' head
* Music/DragonForce. Their lead singer, ZP Theart, has admitted that the band's lyrics only have to [[RuleOfCool sound cool]] and have the right number of syllables.
** Possibly lampshaded in ''The Last Journey Home'':
-->Sever the soul from the forgotten sickness, escape this lie\\
Challenge the dream before the long departed, a mindless rhyme
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgBQwqi1OYU Every]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxemC6pVe6M&feature=related single]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXEQCZg4Nns&feature=related song]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk9cwB2syB4&feature=related by]] the Caliornian DoomMetal band ''Om.'' ''Every single one of them.''
* A lot of European Death/Black/Doom/Folk/Viking Metal can sound like this when the non-English-speaking musicians try to sing English lyrics; particularly when they're loaded with mythology or literary references.
* Before they commercialized their sound in the late 1970s and wrote about partying, leather, IntercourseWithYou, and AmbiguouslyGay imagery, Music/JudasPriest of all bands wrote lyrics like this. Of course, this was the '70s, so songs like [[http://www.metal-archives.com/viewlyrics.php?id=3954 "Dissident Aggressor"]] are probably really about [[WatchItStoned drugs]].
--> Through cracked, blackened memories\\
Of united dispersal\\
I face the impregnable wall\\
Stab, brawl! Punch, crawl!\\
Hooks to my brain are well in\\
Stab, brawl! Punch, crawl!\\
I know what I am, I'm Berlin

** Even more so than their earlier work; 'Judas Rising' has genuinely set a standard of bombastic meaninglessness, and it is awesome.
--> White bolts of lightning\\
Came out of nowhere\\
Blinded the darkness\\
Created the storm\\
War in the heavens\\
Vengeance ignited\\
Torment and tempest\\
Attacks like a swarm\\
Forged out of flame, from chaos to destiny\\
Bringer of pain, forever undying\\
Judas is rising
* MotleyCrue parodies this in the introduction-movie in the Carnival Of Sins-tour.
-->Vince: "It's a killer planetoid!"
-->Band starts playing
-->"DESTRUCTION! ANNIHILATION! EXTINCTION! FORNICATION!"

* Music/RobZombie, oh gods, Rob Zombie; especially in the early days with his band White Zombie:
-->Well sweet little sista's high in hell cheat'n on a halo\\
grind in a odyssey holocaust heart kick on tomorrow\\
breakdown agony, said "ectasy" in overdrive she come a\\
riding on the world - thunder kiss'n ... 1965 - yeah - wow!

* Music/{{Rammstein}}'s "Laichzeit" qualifies. Some fans think it's about sex because, well, many of their songs are and some parts of it can be explained this way, but most of it can't. It's more-or-less random words strung together or maybe real lyrics with every second word replaced by something else.
** Similarly, from another Neue Deutsche Harte band, Eisbrecher, we have "This is Deutsch", which is a hilarious ([[BilingualBonus if you speak German]]) parody of GratuitousGerman. If you don't speak German, the song just sounds cool.
* The Dillinger Escape Plan can be pretty damn confusing even if you somehow find out what their screaming about. Often their lyrics just sound like a variety of sentence fragments.
* Heavy metal music is parodied by Brazilian satirical band Mamonas Assassinas in their song "Débil Metal" (a blatant throwback to Music/{{Sepultura}} at that), sung in incoherently put-together English phrases:
-->Walking in the dark, now there's just some cookies\\
Which is not for you, I know it's not yet\\
I just can't explain, it melts in my mouth\\
Dying to me now is popcorn
** However, the chorus more than clarifies the song's message:
-->Can't you understand?\\
Can't you understand, boy?\\
So shake your head\\
So shake your head, sucker
* Music/DreamTheater did this a lot in their early work, most notably [[http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Under-A-Glass-Moon-lyrics-Dream-Theater/B55174D478BE50DB48256A2200088052 "Under a Glass Moon"]].
--> Nervous flashlights scan my dreams\\
Liquid shadows silence their screams\\
I smile at the moon chasing water from the sky\\
I argue with the clouds stealing beauty from my eyes
** Part 3 of "Octavarium" has shades of this as well, since it is just Mike Portnoy mashing up the titles of his favourite songs/bands etc., while keeping to the song's theme of "everything ends where it begins".
--->Sailing on the seven seize the day tripper diem's ready\\
Jack the ripper owens wilson phillips and my supper's ready\\
Lucy in the sky with diamond dave's not here I come to save the\\
Day for nightmare cinema show me the way to get back home again
* Not really sure what category Pure Reason Revolution falls under (they started out [[PinkFloyd Floydesque]] and then added electro beats), but their lyrics certainly qualify. They seem to tell something... but not... quite... I equate it to a splash of red on a painting to represent an apple.
* Music/{{Melvins}}' lyrics frequently seem to consist of equal parts words that sound cool together, sentence fragments, and nonsense syllables. This is further compounded by their trademark sometimes unintelligible growled vocals, and the fact that they've only ever included printed lyrics to a few songs in their liner notes. "Hooch", the only song on the ''Houdini'' album to have its lyrics printed, appeared on an episode of BeavisAndButthead, and amusingly Beavis' mondegreens made slightly more sense than the official lyrics. Compare "Exi-tease my ray day member half lost a beat away" to Beavis' "Exit is my raging member, band on a TV".
** Given the absurdist leanings of the band to outright lie in interviews and have their main website designed to give absolutely no information, they're probably LyricalShoehorn material.
* Music/{{Annihilator}}'s "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V36WV4mZCpk Word Salad]]" from their 1989 album ''Alice In Hell''.
* Music/SonataArctica have the song "My Dream's But A Drop Of Fuel For A Nightmare," which is about, well, dreams and dream imagery. It contains this beautiful part:
-->Now I'm a target, I'm hot and frozen,
-->stormy rain I'm stuck in an elevator
-->wet from the muddy water,
-->breathing hot air, winds convey me...
-->bababababaaaa...
-->the number talks and I cry in my own Hell....
-->bababababaaaa...
-->Wide awake, I'm asleep, see a friend as a ghost
-->I'm skating with a seal,
-->the tarantula, the fly, the broken ring
-->the dusty little flea
-->an ugly giant, a disappointed child
-->here comes a rabid snake
-->the broken violin, a wild ballet
-->Shakespeare and company
-->refuse to kill the kitten scratching me...
* [[RonnieJamesDio Dio]], "Holy Diver".
-->Shiny diamonds
-->Like the eyes of a cat in the black and the blue
-->Something is coming for you...
-->Holy diver
-->You're the star of the masquerade
-->No need to look so afraid...
-->Ride the tiger
-->You can see his stripes but you know he's mean
-->Oh don't you see what I mean[[note]]I'm afraid we don't.[[/note]]
** Dio is famous for this trope as a whole.
* A feature of many MarilynManson songs, as exemplified in the following excerpt from "Doll-Dagga-Buzz-Buzz-Ziggety-Zag" (the title is [[http://www.mansonwiki.com/wiki/Doll-Dagga_Buzz-Buzz_Ziggety-Zag one long line about pot]]):
-->All the goose step girlies with the cursive faces and\\
We know it's all Braile beneath their skirts\\
I'm bulletproof bizzop and swing heil and\\
I don't really care what gentlemen prefer
** Later in the same song, you get:
-->Trumpet-mouth junky-saints go\\
Silver tongue marching down the stairway to substance\\
Cocaingels and asses give me opiate masses\\
Fill up your church porn preachers and we'll fill up our glasses
* Music/{{Metallica}} lyrics sometimes seem like a sequence of short, cool-sounding phrases, such as "The End of the Line".
* Music/BruceDickinson's ''Tears of the Dragon''. The song is about being scared of the future;
-->Chorus:
-->I throw myself into the sea[[note]]Throw yourself into a situation you don't know the outcome to. Relevant.[[/note]]
-->Release the wave let it wash over me[[note]]And accept the consequences of the previous line.[[/note]]
-->To face the fear I once believed[[note]]Because whatever's out there probably isn't that bad.[[/note]]
-->The tears of the dragon for you and for me[[note]]Ok...what?[[/note]]
* Since Bruce was mentioned, when Music/IronMaiden isn't straightforward they get as wordy and trippy as possible. Their FilkSong "Literature/BraveNewWorld" has many sentences which hardly have anything to do with Huxley (opening line: "Dying swans, twisted wings, beauty not needed here").
* [[{{Metalocalypse}} Dethklok's]] "Blood Ocean."
-->Time. Lies. Trapped. Inside
-->Dark. Minds. Concubines.
-->BLOOD. OCEAN.
-->Crickets. Cry. Shriek. The night.
-->Trapped. Ticks. Rule. The mind.
-->BLOOD. OCEAN.
* FaithNoMore, "Epic". It consists largely of contradictory references to an unspecified "it". Actually, most of MikePatton's lyrics for his various projects would qualify.
** "Epic" [[FridgeBrilliance makes sense]] when you consider that it's about [[spoiler:auto-fellatio.]]
** "Land Of Sunshine" does this almost literally, since the lyrics are almost entirely taken from fortune cookies and a [[ChurchOfHappyology Dianetics]] questionnaire. The results ''almost'' make sense if read as a sarcastic parody of cults and self-help movements though.
** Just about any of the lyrics written by Patton's predecessor Chuck Mosley qualify for this.
* Music/FairToMidland has "Abigail":
-->[-If there's a nurse that takes your ears in rations-]
-->[-sets a plate to feed the stifled steel-]
-->[-if there's a nurse that feeds you germ-soaked dinners-]
-->[-on a tray of bones and orange peels-]
** Their lyrics generally range from being...[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic layered in metaphor]] to full-on word salad.
* Pretty much anything by Music/{{Nightwish}}. Example:
-->For nature hates virginity
-->I wish to be touched
-->Not by the hands of where's and why's
-->But by the Oceans' minds.
* Everything Every Time I Die has ever written, though their use of wordplay is nothing short of impressive.
* Pretty much everything FatesWarning wrote in their early days.
-->''Flame is burning, center of a fountain yearning\\
Water springs eternal, spiritual water, physical fire\\
Above center is sky, cold, cold neverness\\
Just vastness filled with stars upon stars\\
In the four corners of life are the golden mirrors\\
Reflecting what you are and what you are to be\\
In the first is a young boy, white dove in his hand\\
In the second is a warrior in armor\\
In the third is an old man, gold watch in his hand\\
Fourth and last, no reflection at all\\
No reflection at all!''
* Dave Wyndorf, lead singer of MonsterMagnet, admits that when he gets stuck on the lyrics to a song, he just writes something about volcanoes, because volcanoes are [[RuleOfCool "always cool"]].
-->From '''Silver Future'''...\\
''You know the truth and you're so put together\\
Baby I could stick you on the lip of forever\\
Even a volcano has a price to pay''
** Not that he isn't perfectly capable of producing word salad lyrics without talking about volcanoes.
-->From '''Negasonic Teenage Warhead'''\\
''I can tell just by the climate and I can tell just by the style\\
That I was born and raised on Venus and I may be here a while\\
Cos every supersonic jerkoff who plugs into the game\\
Is just like every subatomic genius who just invented pain\\
I will deny you, I will deny you baby''
* A lot of material from Dance Gavin Dance.
--> From '''Swan Soup'''\\
''Another sucker punch,\\
You were late for dinner, I was late for lunch.\\
You wanna know the truth?\\
I eat a lotta soup\\
What’s it like to punch a drum,\\
So belong and hold it tightly son.\\
You wanna know the truth?\\
I eat a lotta soup.''
* Diablo Swing Orchestra, an eclectic avant-garde metal band, has lyrics that seem to exist purely to accentuate the (operatic) singer's voice. For instance, the first verse of ''Bedlam Sticks'':
-->''In a place where long lost souls are led astray\\
A penny is a cheap price to pay\\
We play those poke'em in the nostril games all day\\
Oh the fun! Oh the joy! They all would say\\
Ode to tranquil meant to soothe\\
Head riots, all them bells in my mind in high pursuit\\
In love with a spine, I try to stroke it most of the time\\
I wish they could, I wish they would\\
Leave us alone''
* BlackMetal band Bethlehem definitely qualifies, especially with lyrics like this from the song ''Luftstehs'Ibläh'' (Lingering Fart):
-->''yeah, what is it then?\\
Stinky-Cunt puked once in awhile\\
In a bucket of cats\\
And Satanic Sewing-Machines\\
The Evil Sausage sinking\\
sank\\
When Childish Greasy Pizza\\
picks at their hair\\
Fussy struggle horn and having a flat chest\\
To cause irrevelant blows of mayhem\\
When foul-toothed Dirk stinks out of his mouth\\
Biting flesh in the Land of Vertical\\
Smiles\\
Hellchrist Evil and Painfulness Kiss\\
master of the six silver strings of hell\\
as well was a little bit unimportant\\
Sturmbas, the great countess of Eva\\
wanted to stay in the bar in the little asshole''
* Music/{{Ministry}} usually made lyrics from sampled speeches or relatively sane lyrics, but apparently had some WordSalad pent up in their system. The result of getting it all out was the staggeringly incomprehensible "Jesus Built My Hotrod".
-->Soon I discovered that this rock thing was true. Jerry lee Lewis was the devil. Jesus was an architect, previous to his career as a prophet. All of a sudden I found myself in love with the world, so there was only one thing that I could do: Was ding a ding dang my dang a long ling long...
* Music/{{Versailles}} mostly has songs with meaningful Japanese lyrics with only a smattering of GratuitousEnglish. Not that you'd know this by their SignatureSong, "The Revenant Choir", which is seven minutes of badly-pronounced, nonsensical English. Vocalist Kamijo was aware that the lyrics were...off, but [[LyricalShoehorn chose to use them anyway because he didn't feel that Japanese lyrics would suit the flow of the song]].
-->''The time has came for us\\
Long time sleep passed\\
The world turns in hand of descendant of the rose\\
Our clan's blood will not stop forever\\
Stay, choir of sorrow and pains\\
Our clan's blood is a lifetime lover\\
Without you, would be gone far away...''

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[[folder:Rock]]
* BobDylan was a TropeCodifier, if not the TropeMaker. His lyrics, which were influenced by surrealist poetry, prompted John Lennon and Mick Jagger, among others, to step up their songwriting, and generally introduced the idea that rock/pop lyrics could go beyond "Love Me Do."
--> Inside the museums, Infinity goes up on trial \\
Voices echo this is what salvation must be like after a while \\
But Mona Lisa musta had the highway blues \\
You can tell by the way she smiles \\
See the primitive wallflower freeze \\
When the jelly-faced women all sneeze \\
Hear the one with the mustache say, “Jeeze \\
I can’t find my knees” \\
Oh, jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule \\
But these [[TitleDrop visions of Johanna]], they make it all seem so cruel
** Dylan's style was parodied in ''WalkHard - The Dewey Cox Story''; during his 'Dylan' phase (where he is blatantly ripping off Bob Dylan in every facet of his life), Dewey performs a song called 'Royal Jelly', the lyrics of which two of his band members find completely incomprehensible ("Mail boxes drip like lampposts in the twisted birth canal of the Coliseum..."). The third immediately snarls that they're idiots, and that "[[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible this song is very deep]]." Another one, 'Farmer Glickstein', embraces this trope to such a degree that even the singer ends up admitting in the song that he's got no idea what he's singing about.
* Just about any song by Bush, especially "Little Things".
* Music/TheShins and, by extension, Broken Bells, the collaboration between The Shins' singer and writer and DJ Danger Mouse.
* "Walking Contradiction", "Brain Stew", both by Music/GreenDay.
* "Long Train Running" by DoobieBrothers.
* A substantial fraction of lyrics by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Molina Jason Molina]] (Songs:Ohia / Magnolia Electric Co.) is [[WordSaladLyrics WSL]]. Here's the beginning of one of his better known songs:
-->They come in sorry for the second vanquisher
-->To have so much to pretend
-->Themselves not so against
-->Though overtaken
-->This we'll survive, surviving those...
** Is it about the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabwaylingo_State_Forest forest]] or about a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STDP spike-timing-dependent synaptic plasticity]]?
* Parodied in the Shellac song ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf8xpjtAkwM Spoke]]''. The [[IndecipherableLyrics Indecipherable]] Word Salad is shouted with ridiculous passion and the only proper word that can be recognized is the [[TitleDrop title]].
* Anything by CocteauTwins...basically. Vocalist Elizabeth Fraser went on to guest spots on albums by the Future Sound of London, Craig Armstrong, Massive Attack, and a few soundtracks, with much the same lyrical style.
** Fraser herself has been fairly elusive regarding whether or not any of her lyrics and invented words have meaning. She has stated that she possesses a special dictionary of sorts that contains the words she sings, but despite acknowledging the use of an invented language, has described the basic effect of her words as thus: "They don't mean anything, though, that's the thing. You know all the transcendent sounds. It's all sound all the way through."
** Or you could call them Word Puree Lyrics, aka SingingSimlish.
** Subverted on ''Heaven Or Las Vegas'' where she confessed a lot of the songs were about her newly-born daughter.
* Most of Music/{{Beck}}'s songs qualify as this, but he actually has stories behind almost all of them. A prime example is "Loser":
-->Forces of evil in a bozo nightmare\\
Banned all the music with a phony gas chamber\\
'Coz one's got a weasel and the other's got a flag\\
One's on the pole, shove the other in a bag\\
With the rerun shows and the cocaine nosejob\\
The daytime crap of the folk singer slop\\
He hung himself with a guitar string\\
Slap the turkey neck, and it's hanging from a pigeon wing
** From ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
--> '''Beck''': You know, when I'm upset, I write a song about it. Like when I wrote Devil's Haircut, I was feeling really... what's that song about?\\
'''Bender''': Hey, yeah! I could write a song! With real words, not phony ones like "odelay."\\
'''Beck''': "Odelay" is a word! Just look it up in the Becktionary!
** Here's another gem from "Hotwax"
-->I can't believe my way back when\\
My Cadillac pants going much to fast\\
Karaoke weekend at the suicide shack\\
Community service and I'm still the Mack\\
Shocked my finger, spicin' my hand\\
I been spreading disease all across the land\\
Beautiful air-conditioned,\\
Sitting in the kitchen\\
Wishing I was living like a hit man
* One of the more interesting examples has to be Music/TheyMightBeGiants' "On Earth My Nina", whose lyrics are {{Mondegreen}}s from playing TMBG's "Thunderbird" backwards.
** TheyMightBeGiants songs in general. They [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory seem to mean something]], but [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible good luck figuring out what.]].
** Linnell has stated that the music for "Don't Let's Start" was written before the lyrics, and the lyrics were chosen mostly because the words fit the number of syllables for the melody. When asked about the meaning of the song, Linnell simply stated it was about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "not let's starting."]]
** Two words: ''[[http://youtu.be/gl6YhamtWnw Famous Polka...]]''
-->A famous person wears the same size water skis as me\\
She's got three cars as many years I've lived in this city.\\
Her hair is blonde and mine is brown; they both start with a "b"\\
But when the phone inside her ribcage rings, it's not for me\\
But when the phone inside her ribcage rings, it's not for me\\
HEY!
** Their "Crystal Fortress" song is about [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]], asking for him to "come down from his crystal fortress". Strong Bad not only doesn't get the lyrics, but openly mocks the singer in the background.
** Their song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z58IulCjZkA Stuff is Way]] is basically entirely this.
** TheStoneRoses did something similar to "On Earth My Nina" with "Don't Stop": They basically played along to a backwards recording of their song "Waterfall", then wrote new lyrics based on mondegreens of the backwards vocals. Resulting in things like "Pain, blue singer / he's pain, just a guitar"
* "One Week", by Music/BarenakedLadies, although they do stuff like that for fun in a lot of their songs.
** The "One Week" example is lampshaded in "Testing 1,2,3" off the following album (The music video is more obvious about it, highlighting the next point), which is a TakeThat at the people that don't understand their lyrics.
* The Music/FlamingLips do this often, with lines such as "Once in a while/the zebras run/to the spaceman and his gun/in the spider's web" or more infamously "I was born/The day they shot a hole in the Jesus egg", which became the title of a compilation of their earlier work.
* Take away the more straightforward songs such as "Everybody Hurts" and "Don't Go Back To Rockville" and just about everything [[{{REM}} R.E.M.]]'s done qualifies. As their name implies, a lot of their songs are based on dreams or intended to feel dreamlike, so its sort of inevitable that this happens.
** WordOfGod states that "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" was based on a dream one of them had in which they were at a birthday party, and a jellybean covered cheesecake was served. All of the guests were people with the initials L.B. And then the world ended. Hence, SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein, and
--> ''Birthday party, cheesecake, jellybean, [[EarthShatteringKaboom boom!]]''
** The R.E.M. song "Losing My Religion" also has bizarre lyrics; WordOfGod declares it to be a song about obsession and unrequited love, although good luck figuring that out by listening to it.
** And then some have a meaning only known to them:
-->Charades, pop skill, Water hyacinth, Named by a poet, [[TitleDrop Imitation of life]]\\
Like a coin in a frozen pond, Like a goldfish in a bowl, I don't want to hear you cry\\
That sugarcane that tasted good, That's cinnamon, that's Hollywood, Come on, come on, No one can see you try
* Brazilian band Engenheiros do Hawaii uses a lot of these, though none of them flying as fast as one would expect from some cases seen in this trope. Here's a translation of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMOrz8-Vy24 this]], just for reference:
-->Between a face and a portrait, the real and the abstract, between madness and lucidity, between a uniform and nudity\\
Between the end of the world and the end of the month, between the truth and the English rock, between the others and you\\
I feel like a foreigner, passenger of some train, that doesn't go around here, that is nothing but illusion
* Music/ThePresidentsOfTheUnitedStatesOfAmerica do this often, usually for comedic purposes. On example, "Twig," starts like this: "Some weepy creepy willow pillow boggy shit....," and descends from there.
* Most of Music/{{Queen}}'s songs, such as "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Another One Bites The Dust" (although the latter does have the underlying thread of street gangs).
* 75% of Music/{{Nirvana}}'s songs. Which was, of course, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FklUAoZ6KxY parodied by Yankovic]], too.
** A particularly glorious example is "On a Plain":
-->Somewhere I have heard this before\\
In a dream my memory has stored\\
As a defense I'm neutered and spayed\\
[[LampshadeHanging What the hell am I trying to say?]]
* While there might be a meaning behind it, AlanisMorissette's "Thank U" has verses that qualify in this trope:
-->How 'bout gettin' off of these antibiotics?\\
How 'bout stoppin' eatin' when I'm full up?\\
How 'bout them transparent danglin' carrots?\\
How 'bout that ever-elusive kudo?
* Music/{{Radiohead}} have been known to write some of their lyrics by pulling random phrases out of a hat, particularly on ''Kid A''.
** This is, perhaps, excusable, as Thom Yorke was notoriously obsessed with Dadaism during this period and wrote the lyrics to some of the songs on ''Kid A'' following Tristan Tzara's instructions for writing a Dada poem.
*** LyricalShoehorn plays enough of a role in their songwriting period that this features on ''all'' of their albums, to some degree. "I'm teetering on the brink / Of honey sweet / So full of sleep", anyone?
* Shaun Ryder, the lead singer of Happy Mondays, is known for writing incomprehensible drug-induced stream-of-consciousness lyrics.
** "You're twistin' my melon, man!" '''must''' have been written while he was on the KFC.
** Black Grape were sort of Ryder's SpiritualSuccessor to Happy Mondays, so naturally they sort of followed suit. For instance, "Kelly's Heroes" seems like a cynical look at how celebrities are worshiped as heroes, but who knows where "Jesus was a black man, Jesus was Franchise/{{Batman}}, no that was Bruce Wayne!" fits in to that.
* The ManicStreetPreachers are another example. Not only have they mashed together various words into lyrics ("Cos reality for TV is Disney not King, Rodney" in ''Dead Yankee Drawl'' for an early example), but they have also included references to people and concepts not immediately accessible to the listener, leading to [[http://www.manics.nl an unofficial website that tries to decipher most of the references]]. This may also be a Listeners are genius example. While many of Nicky Wire's lyrics are just plain incomprehensible, Richey Edward's songs do have meanings... They're just composed of insanely obscure and complicated references.
* Many Soul Coughing songs seem to just consist of cool-sounding nonsense. Which may possibly be explained due to the lyricist's fondness for...[[WatchItStoned recreational pharmaceuticals]].
-->I'll scratch you raw, l'etat c'est moi \\
I drink the drink and I'm wall to wall \\
I absorb trust like a love rhombus \\
I feel I must elucidate \\
I ate the chump with guile \\
Quadrilateral I was, now I warp like a smile
** The verses of "Casiotone Nation" consist of variants of "the five percent nation of (arbitrary noun)" or "The People's Republic of (arbitrary noun)", which the band would change every time it was played live.
** The refrain from "Down to This", which was assembled due to Doughty being a little hyper and repeating various other EarWorm phrases while working the door at a local club. "You got the tickets/and I got the list" (which [[ItMakesSenseInContext made sense in the context]] of that activity) eventually became the phrase "You get the ankles/I'll get the wrists.
** The song "The Bug" from the ''[[Film/BatmanAndRobin Batman & Robin]]'' soundtrack was written in one day with lyrics randomly scrawled on a legal pad and then thrown away. Doughty doesn't remember what the words are, doesn't care, and says whatever you imagine them to be is [[http://www.scug.net/music/lyrics/other-lyrics/#Thebug probably more interesting anyway]].
* Morphine's "Super Sex": it ''might'' be a collection of GratuitousEnglish seen and overheard while on international tour, or just a very impressionistic take on a late night out on the town, but:
--->Automatic Taxi Stop Electric Cigarette Love Baby
--->Hotel Rock'n'roll Discotheque Electric Super Sex
** Justified given Morphine's [[Creator/TheBeatGeneration beat generation]] style. Beat poetry tends to LyricalShoehorn as often as it makes even symbolic sense.
* James, due to their tendency to spawn everything out of jams and improvs and then let Tim just go nuts over the top. The ''Wah Wah'' album is the best illustration of this, and "Frequency Dip" is the Crowning Moment Of Bonkers, with its complete garbage about sediment layers, false hair-dos and "some kind of sink unit". "Of Monsters And Heroes And Men", from their latest album, is also deranged.
* Many of CoheedAndCambria's lyrics sound like this. For example, from "Mother Superior": "Mother superior come catch the rabbit he runs (my how've you been), YOU'RE FRIGHTENED OF LEAVING THIS TRULY GONE FISHING AMALGAM (go fetch your gun)"
** A lot of Coheed's lyrics start making more sense if you read the comics that the music is based off of.
* Early ModestMouse.
* {{Weezer}}'s "Dope Nose", which Rivers Cuomo has admitted has "no meaning whatsoever". It's not as extreme as some other examples, but it does feature a few baffling lines like "cheese smells so good on a burnt piece of lamb".
* Pretty much anything by Robyn Hitchcock. One of the earlier examples is ''Leppo and the Jooves'', in which the first stanza goes as follows:
--->Crabwise
--->Over the Andalusian extensions of the life and loves of Noddy
--->Through the windows of disgust
--->The teeth of Leppo and his managers awry
--->No time to cry
** Peaked out in "Unsettled", e.g.:
--->Got a heart exact tomato flourish
--->on a spike of greedy prongs
--->If a baseball dug moussaka Alan wraps the biscuit in a
--->Novel thongs accepted every turning bends away
--->Biting off a crust, the troubled hey do you ...
--->...but it should be noted that Quirky Hitch frequently reshuffles or reinvents lyrics on the fly when playing live.
* The {{Pixies}} were masters at this. Most of their lyrics make no sense whatsoever. Some fans would say that's a part of the band's genius. I think the best example of this is "Mr. Grieves":
-->Hope everything is alright\\
What's that floating in the water?\\
Oh, Neptune's only daughter\\
I believe in Mr. Grieves\\
Pray for a man in the middle\\
One that talks like Doolittle
** Much like the Oasis example below, Black Francis claimed in interviews that during the ''Bossanova'' sessions he'd "write lyrics on napkins 5 minutes before recording". Thus earning the album an honorary mention.
* The ending theme to ''GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', "Lithium Flower" by Scott Matthew and Tim Jensen:
-->she's so cold and human\\
it's something humans do\\
she stays so golden solo\\
she's so number nine\\
she's incredible math\\
just incredible math
** The song makes complete sense, however, when listened to in its entirety: it's sung from the perspective of a man enamoured by an amazing surfer girl (In context: Motoko's ability to net dive. Cyber-surfing,) and trying to come up with crazy, made-up similes to describe how awesome she is ("So matador, so calm, so oil-on-a-fire"), before going on about her ability to surf ("wow, where did she learn how to surf/You know I've never seen the girl wipe out"). These types of lyrics are typical in many of Yoko Kanno's soundtracks, and none of it is because [[{{Engrish}} she's Japanese.]] She speaks, reads, and writes fluent English, among other languages.
* {{Bjork}}'s "Pagan Poetry"
-->On the surface simplicity\\
but the darkest pit in me\\
is pagan poetry\\
pagan poetry
** Björk pretty much epitomizes this trope.
** Less "random words," more [[MindScrew "surreal beyond comprehension."]]
* The song "The Messenger" by Your Favorite Enemies, written for ''DissidiaFinalFantasy'' is a bit more normal by the standards of some of the other songs here, but the lyrics still descend frequently into "what the heck does that ''mean''" territory. For example:
-->Shouting worship choked in a wave of silver\\
The offering's grief for Deceiver's pride,\\
Salvation man is a cup of fire\\
But hope is the star on a morning tide
** or:
-->The Pilgrims are gathering and the marching band, the marching band's howling\\
Compassion is the flag a righteous man, a righteous man will hold
** It's not just "The Messenger." Their other, non-Dissidia songs are pretty confusing too.
* {{Phish}} does this often. Some songs, like "Cavern" or "Stash," feature vivid imagery worked into a narrative that makes no rational sense, whatsoever. As a taste, here's the first verse of "Chalk Dust Torture":
-->Come stumble my mirth, beaten worker.\\
I'm Jezmund the family berzerker.\\
I'm bought for the price of a flagon of rice.\\
The wind buffs the cabin\\
You speak of your life\\
Or more willingly Locust the Lurker.
** Subverted in their song "Down with Disease," which mentions jungles, head-dwelling demons, and a thousand barefoot children, but which is actually about hallucinating while ill.
* Music/{{Train}}'s "Drops of Jupiter". It definitely ''seems'' to have some sort of meaning, but it's so wrapped up in abstract similes and such that it's incomprehensible.
-->Now that she's back in the atmosphere\\
With drops of Jupiter in her hair, hey, hey\\
She acts like summer and walks like rain\\
Reminds me that there's room to change, hey, hey\\
Since the return from her stay on the moon\\
She listens like spring and she talks like June, hey, hey.
** The song is metaphorical for someone leaving and returning different and perhaps alien to the narrator, though if you aren't looking for the meaning, you probably won't hear it.
** "Hey, Soul Sister" - not particularly made better by the fact that Pat Monahan was writing about what he thought Burning Man would look like.
* Syd Barrett's lyrics started changing from psychedelic fairy tales to word salad towards the end of his tenure with Music/PinkFloyd, and this continued through his solo work. The ultimate example being "The Word Song", with lyrics that consist entirely of a non-rhyming list of unconnected words ("Stained, glaucous, glycerine, gold, goat, clover...")
** Leading up to the chorus of "Rats" Syd goes progressively (regressively?) deep into word salad, peaking with (what else?) a list of words, or pretty much so: "Bam, spastic, tactile engine, heaving, crackle, slinky, dormy, roofy, wham, I'll have them, fried bloke, broken jardy, cardy, smoocho, moocho, paki, pufftle, sploshette moxy, very smelly, cable, gable..." Not entirely unconnected though (some are linked by sounding similar, for example).
* Brazilian band Skank sometimes has this. Helped by usage of GratuitousEnglish, GratuitousSpanish, and [[SingingSimlish inane singing]] ("Beat it laun, daun daun, Beat it, loom, dap'n daun, Beat it laun, daun daun").
* The band Falling Up does this with a '''whole album''', ''Fangs!''. Some of the tracks: "Exit Calypsan", "Goddess of the Dayspring Am I", and "The Color Eotopian"
* Some of Music/FiveIronFrenzy's songs fit this trope, especially "Heat Stroke" and the original live version of "Fistful of Sand" (they hadn't written lyrics for it yet, so the singer made up gibberish on the spot).
-->The phone of Zanzibar, mighty needs I ever come,\\
mandolin feeding devils, see the fool I am!\\
Feels like nothing, kills like something, don't you take my life away,\\
don't it take my life away, shown by killing me!\\
Feels like nothing, Heaven goo!\\
Kills like nothing, Heaven deed!\\
Feels like nothing, kills like something, gonna take my life away!\\
Feel somebody peel some Coke but (five syllables of gibberish)!
* Many of the songs on Panic at the Disco's newest album ''Pretty.Odd.'' are examples of this trope, most notably perhaps "Mad as Rabbits" which opens with the following verse:
--> Come save me from walking off a windowsill\\
Or I'll sleep in the rain\\
Don't you remember when I was a bird\\
And you were a map?\\
And now he drags down miles in America\\
Briefcase in hand\\
The stove is creeping up his spine again\\
Can't get enough trash
** Then again, the entire album ''was'' done in the style of Music/TheBeatles...
* MyChemicalRomance's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egG7fiE89IU Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)]]
--> Oh let me tell you 'bout the sad man\\
Shut up and let me see your jazz hands\\
Remember when you were a mad man\\
Thought you was Batman!\\
And hit the party with the gas can\\
Kiss me you animal!
* Ludo's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XH3oMNKApI Love Me Dead]]"
--> Kill me romantically\\
Fill my soul with vomit\\
Then ask me for a piece of gum.\\
Bitter and dumb\\
You're my sugarplumb.\\
You're awful, I love you!
** Actually not that obscure, just a little dense. He's clearly singing about a guy in a toxic relationship. She's bad for him, and he knows it, but he can't stay away.
* A milder example from Chiodos (from I Didn't Say I Was Powerful, I Said I Was A Wizard)
--> Sightings of shape shifting \\
Dissolved into the darkness \\
A final opinion is of less value \\
Than an appreciation of, \\
And tolerance for obscurity
* Pick a RedHotChiliPeppers song at random, and chances are it'll probably be a word salad song. A good example is "Can't Stop":
-->Knockout, but boy, you'd better come to\\
Don't die, you know, the truth is, some do\\
Go write your message on the pavement\\
Burning so bright, I wonder what the wave meant?
** Or "Give it Away":
-->Realize I don't wanna be a miser\\
Confide with sly you'll be the wiser\\
Young blood is the lovin' upriser\\
How come everybody wanna keep it like the kaiser
** A repeated section in "By The Way": Each time, four two-word phrases are said, different for each of the four times this section appears. They don't appear to be significant in any way to anything.
** "Especially In Michigan":
-->Life is my friend, underwater violins\\
Order now from Ho Chi Minh\\
A porcelain that comes in twins
** While the initial lyrics to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMXqlCbgzkQ "Death of a Martian"]] make sense (and are in fact quite [[TearJerker tear jerking]]), the outro to the song is as word salad as it gets:
-->She's got a sword in case though this is not her lord in case the one who can't afford to face her image is restored to grace. Disappeared. No trace. Musky tears. Suitcase. The down turn brave little burncub bearcareless turnip snare rampages pitch color pages...down and out but not in Vegas. Disembarks and disengages. No loft. Sweet pink canary cages plummet pop dewskin fortitude for the sniffing black noses that snort and allude to the dangling trinkets that mimic the dirt cough go drink its. It's for you. Blue battered naval town slip kisses delivered by duck muscles and bottlenosed grifters arrive in time to catch the late show. It's a beehive barrel race. A shehive stare and chase wasted feature who tried and failed to reach her. Embossed beneath a box in the closet that's lost. The kind that you find when you mind your own business. Shiv sister to the quickness before it blisters into the newmorning milk blanket. Your ilk is funny to the turnstyle touch bunny whose bouquet set a course for bloom without decay. get your broom and sweep echoes of yesternights fallen freckles...AWAY!!!
* The Hombres' 60s garage rock novelty [[http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/elizabethtown/letitallhangout.htm "Let It All Hang Out"]] was deliberately written to be as nonsensical as possible, as a parody of Bob Dylan's lyrical style. [[http://markprindle.com/mcewen-i.htm One interview]] does reveal some lines at least had some basis in private jokes among band members, however. Amusingly, the line "Hot dog, my razor broke!" came about because the singer suddenly exclaimed it to the guitarist while they were trying to brainstorm for lyrical ideas - He had been shaving at the time and his razor did in fact fall apart.
* [[Music/MarcBolan T. Rex]]'s "Rip Off," apparently written to appeal to Americans. If you ever wondered about Dylan's influence on the world...well, "the president's weird, he's got a burgundy beard"...
* {{Clutch}} loves this trope. The best example may be "10001110101":
-->Ribonucleic acid freakout, the power of prayer. Long halls of science and all the lunatics committed there. Robot lords of Tokyo, smile! Taste kittens! Did you not know that the royal hunting grounds are always forbidden?
* Music/LedZeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven", which combines references to Celtic mythology and Christianity, concepts from ''TheLordOfTheRings'', and outright lyrical noodling.
** In fact, any Led Zeppelin song that isn't about IntercourseWithYou, and even some of ''those'' ("All My Love," anyone?).
*** "All My Love" is [[GriefSong about Robert Plant's son dying prematurely.]]
--> I saw a lion, he was standing alone with a tadpole in a jar
* Go have a listen to Music/DefLeppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me".
--> You got the peaches, I got the cream.\\
Sweet to taste, sachharine.\\
'Cause I'm hot, say what, sticky sweet\\
From my head, my head, to my feet.
* Many of Music/BlueOysterCult's songs, particularly from the ''Imaginos'' album.
--> Oyster boys are swimming for me/Save me from the deathlike creature
** That song is kind of an UpdatedRerelease. The original lyrics are from a previous song called "Subhuman" on the ''Secret Treaties'' album. For ''Imaginos'', they remixed it and added the parts about joining the Cult. Nonethless, even though they are may favorite band, I still don't know what the hell most of their songs are about.
*** It should be noted that the "Oyster boys" line is also present in the original "The Subhuman".
** Their album covers used to include an address that you could send a SASE to for copies of their lyrics, but you'd be sorry if you did.
* Scott Weiland has a fondness for this with some of his bands' songs. "Big Bang Baby" by Music/StoneTemplePilots and "Slither" by Velvet Revolver are a few examples of his often nigh-incomprehensible lyrics.
** "Interstate Love Song" doesn't seem to have anything to do with either love or an interstate.
* ElectricSix's weird ballad "Jimmy Carter" references politicians, the BackstreetBoys and Slouching Towards Gomorrah without any logical connection between the themes whatsoever:
--> Like Harry Truman dropping bombs out of the air / like any self-respecting multi-billionaire
--> This is who you are / five dancing teenage boys who sing their way into our hearts
--> Backstreet’s back
--> Alright.
** The majority of Electric Six's work is like this.
* Music/NeutralMilkHotel have such moving yet surreal lyrics as "Blister please, with those wings in your spine/Love to be with a brother of mine/How he'd love to find/Your tongue in his teeth/In a struggle to find/Secret songs that you keep/Wrapped in boxes so tight/Sounding only at night as you sleep".
** "Rubby Bulbs". Choice line: "I need to fill your lungs with smallpox." [[NightmareFetishist Pleasant dreams.]]
* Rogue Wave, with such gems as this from "Stars and Stripes":
--> Never had a false alarm
--> Softer than a baby's arm
--> All hands are right\\
** Occasionally you can hear a line or two of something meaningful, but Zach Rogue has a tendency to mumble a bit, so it's never quite coherent.
* "Love Underground," by Robbers on High Street. Extremely catchy... and really nonsensical.
* Although he has a Dylanesque sophistication to him anything by Dan Bejar aka Destroyer, also of Music/TheNewPornographers. He also is infamous for referencing not only others' lyrics, but HIS OWN ones as well. There's an entire [[http://www.deftone.com/destroyer/index.php?title=Main_Page wiki]] dedicated to analyzing his lyrics.
* Also: "The Geeks Were Right," by The Faint. Catchy? As hell. Logical? Not the least. Thought it does seem to have a pseudo-GreenAesop in it of sorts. At the very least, it states for one line that HumansAreBastards... and then ignores it.
** That's not even their worst example. Try "Forever Growing Centipedes". The lyrics are just as bizarre as the title. My best guess is that it has to do with chaos theory and anarcho-primitivism, but really, will we we ever know?
* The {{Eels}}' "Hidden Track" (yes, that's the actual name of the song, and it's not even particularly "hidden") consists of drummer Butch sing/speaking lyrics like "Jacuzzis and bunnies / A broken fondue set / Kool G is in the outhouse / you can be my Mr French". The official story to it is that there was an online contest for song titles, then the band just ended up putting a bunch of them together to use as lyrics. However, it seems that no one in the fan community remembers any such thing, so it was probably just written to ''sound'' like that was what happened.
* [=JJ72=] - "October Swimmer" especially
* AnimalCollective's ''Feels''. All of it.
** They're all [[SillyLoveSongs quirky love songs]]. Or [[BreakupSongs end-of-relationship songs]]. This said, each individual song has, beyond the underlying premise, ''plenty'' of WordSalad and/or MindScrew ([[RunningGag "Word Parsley"?!]]) to go around. Which is true of most of their material, frankly.
* Some of KingCrimson's works, especially "The World is my Oyster Soup Kitchen Floor Wax Museum" which also fits [[WordSaladTitle World's salad title wax museum]]... w...wait...what did I just say?
** That particular song's actually a rather clever sort of word salad-- it's a bunch of overlapping phrases, along the lines of ''WheelOfFortune''[='s=] "Before and After" category.
* {{Yes}}. For a real treat check out the lyrics for "Tales from Topographic Oceans" by {{Yes}}, which starts out: "Dawn of light lying between the silence and sold sources / Chased amid fusions of wonder / In moments hardly seen forgotten / Coloured in pastures of chance dancing leaves cast spells of challenge / Amused but real in thought / We fled from the sea / Whole..." and goes on like that for another 79 minutes or so. Like the R.E.M. example above, this partially comes about because Jon Anderson treated the vocals as another instrument, prioritizing how the words sounded over whether they necessarily made sense.
** This is actually a songwriting technique designed to move a writer's focus away from lyrics which are completely logical but a pain in the neck to easily sing or listen to. It's a way of adding "danceability" and earwormishness.
** One of the best-known songs by {{Yes}} is Roundabout, which features the extraordinary lyrics, "In and around the lake, mountains come out of the sky and they stand there"[[note]]band members have said that the song was inspired by the mountains of Switzerland, so tall they seem to "come out of the sky," making this line a relatively reasonable metaphor[[/note]].. How extraordinary are those words? Well, a history of Progressive Rock, written by Will Romano (available on Amazon) is entitled, "Mountains Come Out of the Sky".
*** Roger Dean's cover art for the live ''Yessongs'' set actually includes, among other things, images of - you guessed it - mountains coming out of the sky and standing there. ''Upside down''.
** "Close to the Edge" one-ups that. It kicks off with "A seasoned witch could call you from the depths of your disgrace / [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs And rearrange your liver to the solid mental grace....]]", and carries on in that vein for almost 19 minutes.
** "Yours Is No Disgrace" off their second self-titled album is meant to be a ProtestSong about the Vietnam War, although it ''is'' a very obtuse one
-->Yesterday a morning came, a smile upon your face.\\
Caesar's palace, morning glory, silly human race,\\
On a sailing ship to nowhere, leaving any place,\\
If the summer changed to winter, yours is no disgrace.
** Interestingly, a later lyric in the same song about a "shining flying purple wolfhound" is often singled out as a demonstration of their word salad lyrics, but is actually one of the few lines that make literal sense. A "Purple Wolfhound" is the nickname for a kind of British fighter jet, so it's perfectly reasonable for one to be shining and flying.
** "The Gates of Delirium" has "Power spent passion bespoils our soul receiver / Surely we know!" One has to wonder what Jon Anderson's grocery lists look like.
** Starcastle, a band that built its career on soundling like Yes, took this to its ultimate extreme:
-->Rolled in velvet crystal\\
Broken reds with scarlet\\
Hand-me-down of sundry seas\\
Melting golden flesh is cracked in garden circles grown\\
Of me
** Yes also influenced the style of neo-prog band IQ, whose songs are equally confusing. (Zero Hour for example,)
-->Yesterday is up for auction\\
Souvenirs are in demand\\
In the rooms where rocking horses\\
Carried us on moonlit strands\\
Thunder crash and flash of lightning\\
Storms of metal raining down\\
Little hands that cradle ashes\\
Little eyelids heavy, head run aground
* TheMarsVolta embodies this trope, with lyrics like "Trackmarked amoeba lands craft/Cartwheel of scratches/Dress the tapeworm as pets/Tentacles smirk please/Flinch the cocooned meat..."
** And no discussion of TMV's word-salad lyrics is complete without the infamous line "The kiosk in my temporal lobe is shaped like Rosalyn Carter!"
* A lot of Music/PorcupineTree's early material is like this. "Jupiter Island," the first song on their first real album, starts things off and it stays that way up until "Signify," and even on that album you have songs like "Sever."
* Prog rock group [[http://www.emersonlakepalmer.com/ Emerson Lake and Palmer]] had its fair share of incomprehensible lyrics including "right before your eyes, we pull laughter from the skies and he laughs until he cries, then he dies, then he dies"
** That's when they worked with former Music/KingCrimson lyricist Peter Sinfield.
* Music/{{Gorillaz}} songs are usually blunt and poignant, but there's a few incomprehensible doozies in there as well, like the chorus to 19/2000:
--> ''"Get the cool~ Get the cool shoeshine (lalalalalalalaaa) Get the cool~ Get the cool shoeshine!"''
* "Incense & Peppermints" by [[WordSaladTitle Strawberry Alarm Clock]].
** They even {{Lampshade}} this in the lyrics: "Incense and peppermints, meaningless nouns."
* The lyrics for Music/BrianWilson's ''[[Music/Smile SMiLE]]'' project, written by Van Dyke Parks: "Columnated ruins domino" indeed. One of the main reasons TheBeachBoys didn't complete it in 1967 was that Mike Love started complaining that he didn't understand the lyrics, and even got in an argument with Parks over them.
** Most of Van Dyke Parks' lyrics qualify as word salads.
* Music/TheBeatles' "I Am The Walrus" is one of the most famous examples of this trope.
** "Yellow matter custard dripping from a dead dog's eye!"
*** To be fair, much of the apparent "salad" had actual meaning for JohnLennon, and the line "Man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe" was added specifically to [[WriterRevolt confound attempts at literary analysis]].
** "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" is another Beatles example, although not quite as nonsensical as "Walrus".
** "Come Together" is another one. One can only speculate as to what are the rules to toe-jam football, although if your early warning tells you you have muddy water, a mojo filter might be a nice thing to have.
** "Glass Onion" is another example, full of {{Shout Out}}s to earlier Beatles songs of this type.
** And, of course, "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds". WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs. And "Sun King".
*** You might have noticed all of the above songs were by JohnLennon.
** Parodied (like everything else in the Beatles' career) by TheRutles, with such ditties as "Good Times Roll" and "Piggy in the Middle".
** The infamous {{Mondegreen}} "Some day monkey won't play piano song."
*** Might not count because the real lyrics [[GratuitousFrench aren't in English at all]].
** "Because" opens with the lyrics "[[FetishFuel Because the world is round, it turns me on]]". It only makes less and less sense as the song goes on.
* DavidBowie often writes this, sometimes using the Burroughs "cut-up" technique. A prime example of this would be his song [[WordSaladTitle "Fall Dog Bombs the Moon"]] from the album ''Reality''.
** "Life On Mars?"
-->Sailors fighting in the dance hall
-->Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
-->It's the freakiest show
-->Take a look at the Lawman
-->Beating up the wrong guy
-->Oh man! Wonder if he'll ever know
-->He's in the best selling show
-->Is there life on Mars?
** "Life on Mars?" is about the isolation of a young girl who escapes her unhappy home life at the cinema, so the chorus is probably referring, montage-style, to the endless parade of movies she sits and watches to forget reality. "The best-selling show" is just a popular film, and the title phrase can be an extension of how badly the protagonist wants to get away.
** A better example would be "Little Wonder," which {{Name Drop}}s the seven dwarfs, but otherwise is mostly random nonsense.
* FrankZappa does this a lot, particularly in a song called "Ya Hozna" which further confuses things by playing all the lyrics backwards.
* It's been pointed out that many of [[http://www.frampton.com/lyrics.html Peter Frampton's lyrics]] are just a bunch of random lines stuck together with no attempt at a narrative or thematic concept. "Show Me The Way" is a particularly notable offender.
* TheBand's "Chest Fever": "'She's stoned' said the Swede/And the Moon Calf agreed/But I'm like a viper in shock/With my eyes in the clock." The lyrics were reportedly made up on the spot.
* "Blinded by the Light" by BruceSpringsteen ([[CoveredUp or Manfred Mann]])
** Really, ''most'' of the lyrics from ''Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ'' fit this trope. Of course, that was during his "next Bob Dylan" phase.
--->Wizard imps and sweat sock pimps, interstellar mongrel nymphs...

* PaulMcCartney was prone to this trope on occasion. His most prominent example is probably "[[http://www.lyricsdepot.com/paul-mccartney/juniors-farm.html Junior's Farm]]".
-->You should have seem me with the poker man\\
I had a honey and I bet a grand\\
Just in the nick of time I looked at his hand\\
I was talking to an Eskimo\\
Said he was hoping for a fall of snow\\
When up popped a sea lion ready to go
** If anyone can explain what "[[http://www.lyricsdepot.com/paul-mccartney/jet.html Jet]]" is supposed to mean, I'm all ears.
* Most {{Oasis}} songs. As the page quote shows, Noel Gallagher, writer of the majority, [[http://www.contactmusic.com/new/xmlfeed.nsf/mndwebpages/gallagher%20i%20have%20no%20idea%20what%20my%20songs%20mean has admitted]] sometimes even he doesn't understand the lyrics. An excerpt of "Champagne Supernova" ([[http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article5851553.ece?token=null&offset=12&page=2 which he also doesn't understand]]) frequently enters lists of Worst Lyric Ever ("Slowly walking down the hall/Faster than a cannonball/Where were you while we were gettin' high?").
** Some other examples include:
*** I Hope, I Think, I Know:
-->"I hope I think I know\\
If I ever hear the names you call\\
And if I stumble catch me when I fall\\
'Cause baby, after all\\
You'll never forget my name"
** Shakermaker (although intentionally written as a psychedelic/insane kind of song):
-->"I've been driving in my car with my friend Mr. Soft\\
Mr. Clean and Mr. Ben are living in my loft\\
Aaaaaaaaaa-ahhh, Shake along with me"
** Some Might Say:
-->"The sink is full of fishes\\
She's got dirty dishes on the brain\\
All my dogs been itchin'\\
Itchin' in the kitchen once again"
** Honorable mention goes to "Supersonic", which was written in the half-hour before its recording, so it wouldn't make sense anyway.
** All of the forementioned songs were written by Noel Gallagher while [[MushroomSamba high as a kite]], which should make up for an explanation.
** Noel's brother Liam has written a few of his own, including "Wind Up Dream" by his new band, Beady Eye:
-->"If tonight is all we have\\
Then make the bed with sheets of glass\\
Let's take it out for one last laugh, come on, come on\\
If yesterday's is all we got\\
We tie our bones in one big knot\\
Squeeze it out 'til every drop is all gone, all gone..."
* Al Stewart's "Red Toupee" song: "To Catalina in a fishing boat/They call it ''Henry Cisneros''/We got no money but we still stay afloat/The jellyfishes don't scare us...In your Red Toupee".
* Shudder To Think went for this fairly frequently, a couple of the most surreal examples being "Shake Your Halo Down" ("Stick a fish in a tattoo gun/ see what color ink comes out") and "Hit Liquor" ("Party of mouths/ a finger fan courtship / The case of her bones are softer than loose meat"). The latter may just be an incredibly cryptic version of an IntercourseWithYou song though.
* "Black Hole Sun" by Music/{{Soundgarden}}. ChrisCornell himself admits that have little real meaning...
-->In my eyes, indisposed\\
In disguise as no one knows\\
Hides the face\\
Lies the snake\\
The sun in my disgrace\\
Boiling heat\\
Summer stench\\
Neath the black the sky looks dead
** Many Soundgarden songs are like this. The lyrics to "Outshined":
-->I got up feeling so down
-->I got off being sold out
-->I've kept the movie rolling
-->But the story's getting old now
-->I just looked in the mirror
-->Things aren't looking so good
-->I'm looking California
-->And feeling Minnesota
* The "Willow Farm" portion of the Music/{{Genesis}} song "SuppersReady" definitely qualifies.
--> There's WinstonChurchill [[CrossDresser dressed in drag]],\\
he used to be a British flag, plastic bag, what a drag.\\
The frog was a prince, the prince was a brick, the brick was an egg,\\
the egg was a bird.\\
(Fly away you sweet little thing, they're hard on your tail)\\
Hadn't you heard?\\
(They're going to change you into a human being!)\\
Yes, we're happy as fish and gorgeous as geese,\\
and wonderfully clean in the morning.\\
...\\
Feel your body melt;\\
Mum to mud to mad to dad\\
Dad diddley office, Dad diddley office,\\
You're all full of ball.\\
Dad to dam to dum to mum\\
Mum diddley washing, Mum diddley washing,\\
You're all full of ball.
* The Whitlams' "No Aphrodesiac"
-->Forty, shaved, sexy, wants to do it all day\\
With a gun-totin' trigger-happy tranny named Kinky Renée.\\
Tired teacher, twenty-eight, seeks regular meetings\\
for masculine muscular nappy-clad brutal breeding\\
while his wife rough-wrestles with a puppy\\
all aquiver on a wine-soaked strobe-lit Asiatic hall of mirrors and a dash of loneliness\\
There's no aphrodisiac quite like it.
** [[HeadTiltinglyKinky Sounds hot.]]
** And then they intentionally tried to top themselves on "Chunky Chunky Air Guitar".
-->She came from the Cocos Islands\\
With a limp and a snow-shaker huh\\
Hocked by a fine Arabian Ginger Monsignor\\
He said you ain'ts gets nothing\\
Cause nothin' gets made by Koreans\\
He had dubbin in his hair\\
And he played the tamborine.
* "This Is A Call" by Music/FooFighters. The chorus is pretty straightforward, but the verses seem to just consist of cryptic wordplay, the strangest line being "Seems that all the cysts and mollusks tend to barter".
** DaveGrohl admitted that most of the lyrics in the album were scribbled 20 minutes before he recorded the songs, and that "a few of them aren't even words".
** Or "All My Life" (on his words, "the middle section is about [[IntercourseWithYou eating pussy]] and the verses are kind of vague. That's all you've gotta know!"):
-->All my life I've been searching for somethin'
-->Somethin' never comes, never leads to nuthin'
-->Nothin' satisfies, but I'm gettin' close
-->Closer to the prize at the end of the rope
-->All night long I dream of the day
-->When it comes around, and it's taken away
-->Leaves me with the feelin' that I fear the most
-->Feel it come to life when I see your ghost
** Dave wrote more intelligible lyrics as time passed, but every now and then (specially after his bassist said "I really like it when you write songs that are silly and mean nothing, too.") he does something like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z3nBokjZyE "White Limo"]].
* BowlingForSoup's "I Gotchoo", especially obvious since their lyrics are generally witty, not that it detracts from the song.
-->Waves hit rocks and folks get wet,
-->I was gonna say somethin' but now I forget,
-->Chocolate covered cherries with the milk on the side,
-->I'll meet you at the party if I find a ride,
-->Helicopters fly and birds like to nest,
-->Elvis or The Beatles,
-->Who care's who's the best, (the Beatles)
-->Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina,
-->Peanut Butter sandwich with some Aunt Jemima
* Like a lot of other prog rock groups, JethroTull is susceptible to putting out Word Salads. Despite such extended examples as "Thick as a Brick" and "Baker Street Muse", their most egregious example is probably "Cold Wind to Valhalla".
* A lot of songs by Half Man Half Biscuit don't even try to make sense, but most of ''Four Skinny Indie Kids'' sounds like the singer randomly flipping through a dictionary.
* Some of SixteenHorsepower's early material qualifies. Individual stanzas and verses make sense, but they don't fit together into a cohesive song; the overall effect is like David Eugene Edwards exploded a hymnbook and pasted the page scraps back together at random.
* Every single Guided by Voices side project name (example: the Moping Swans), album title (example: Self-Inflicted Aerial Nostalgia), song title (example: Bright Paper Werewolves) and 80% of the lyrics (example: -from Jabberstroker "Cling to the sides, brain-boy we lost our numb-er selves in jail leaving a groovy wit matter on a sailing sky, alive and jabberstroking"). Bob Pollard lives for Word Salad Lyrics. Must be all the beer.
* LinkinPark's High Voltage pretty much consists of these kinds of lyrics.
-->''I've been digging in the crates ever since I was living in space\\
Before the rat race\\
Before monkeys had human traits\\
I mastered numerology and big bang theology\\
Performed lobotomies with telekinetic psychology\\''
** "High Voltage" was written back when they were a more purely hip-hop group (under the name Hybrid Theory) and Chester Bennington hadn't yet joined the group. The songs they wrote afterward averted this trope.
* In the fadeout of "Seven Stars" by UriahHeep, David Byron apparently got tired of repeating the numbers 1-7, and started running down the letters of the alphabet.
* {{Sparklehorse}} ''lived'' on this trope. Example: The Knives of Summertime.
--> A flock of knives
--> Cut the sky
--> And buried in my black eyes
--> And the clouds they bled
--> In my head
--> And autumn rain soaked the dry beds
--> And the hurricane
--> Of her eyes
--> Wailed away the knives
--> The knives of summertime
* TheDoors:
-->Peppermint, miniskirts, chocolate candy,
-->Champion sax, and a girl named Sandy.
-->There's only four ways to get unraveled:
-->One is to sleep, and the other is travel, da-da!
-->One is a bandit up in the hills;
-->One is to love your neighbor 'til...
-->''His wife gets home.''
** Christ, it's hard to describe just how weird that song is. For reference, [[http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/The-Soft-Parade-lyrics-The-Doors/F6CB7BED4BCF951C4825689700347737 these are the lyrics]]. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
** As Jim Morrison was a published poet, many of their songs crawl into this territory. Another notable example is Celebration of the Lizard.
* ''Slow hands'': "We spies, intimate slow hands, killer for hire, you know not yourself, we spies, intimate slow hands, you let the face slap around yourself;"
* ''Narc'': "Touch your thighs, I'm the lonely one, remember that last sweat 'cause that was the right one;"
* ''The Heinrich Maneuver'': "How are things on the West Coast? I hear you're moving real fine, you wear those shoes like a dove, now strut those shoes, we'll go roaming in the night;"
* ''PDA'': "Yours is the only version of my desertion that I could ever subscribe to, that is all that I can do, you are a past winner, the last dinner, I'm raping all around me, until the last drop is behind you [...] sleep tight, grim rite, we have two hundred couches;"
* Music/TomPetty (minus the Heartbreakers, on "Full Moon Fever") in "A Mind With A Heart Of Its Own": "Well the man out to end us had a hurricane business / He'd raise them from babies all by himself / But his teen-age accountant had become surrounded / He drank up the party and everyone left." There's also random mentions of Brooker and Micanopy, are/were two suburbs of Gainesville (Petty's hometown).
* EverythingElse's "What Can't Be Seen". {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d with the line "You don't know what I mean."
* Primitive Radio Gods' "[[LongTitle Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand]]" seems to be trying to say something profound...until the last line of the third verse: "And bathe yourself in zebra flesh".
* The Cardiacs' lyrics were always purposely surreal so as to allow fans to make their own interpretations of each song. I still have no idea what to make of stuff like "The Duck and Roger The Horse" though.
* Pick a {{Pavement}} song besides "Cut Your Hair" and you'll run into this. An example from "[=AT&T=]"
-->Maybe
-->Someone's gonna save me
-->My heart is made of gravy
-->And the laps I swim from lunatics don't count
* Sloan's "Penpals", sort of - it's fairly clear through context that the song has something to do with sending a celebrity fan mail, but most of the lyrics are full of idiosyncratic phrasing (for instance: "I have only 13 years / and I am crazy of you"). The lyrics were actually excerpts from international fan mail sent to [[{{Nirvana}} Kurt Cobain]] - the band had access to said letters when they were signed to the same label as Nirvana.
* The QueensOfTheStoneAge song "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer" has several repetitions of [[OdeToIntoxication "nicotin, valium, vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol"]] as its lyrics, with the occasional break for "co-co-co-co-co-co-caine!".
* "Anyone for Tennis" by {{Cream}}.
-->Twice upon a time in the valley of the tears\\
The auctioneer is bidding for a box of fading years\\
And the elephants are dancing on the graves of squealing mice\\
Anyone for tennis, wouldn't that be nice?
* "Looking Out My Back Door" by {{Creedence Clearwater Revival}}.
-->There's a giant doing cartwheels,\\
A statue wearing high heels.\\
Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn.\\
A dinosaur Victrola listening to Buck Owens.
* {{Coldplay}} mostly deals with inner feelings, love, but can get really cryptic at times.
-->In my scarecrow dreams\\
When they smash my heart into smithereens\\
Be a bright red rose come bursting the concrete\\
Be a cartoon heart
* Dutch band ''{{Treble}}'' has several songs in made-up language, including their biggest hits Ramaganana and Amambanda. They sound vaguely like the African songs in Disney/TheLionKing but they're really just pretty-sounding gibberish.
-->Lo cala malangalande\\
A babaia cola via hananda zaeaa\\
O momo gooido veidi memi zon\\
Ton no masteka jon donge\\

* Just about any song by Alt-J, but especially Fitzpleasure.
-->Steepled fingers, ring leaders, queue jumpers\\
Rock fist paper scissors, lingered fluffers\\
In your hoof lies the heartland\\
Where we tent for our treasure, pleasure, leisure\\
Les yeux, it's all in your eyes\\
In your snatch fits pleasure, broom-shaped pleasure\\
Deep greedy and Googling every corner\\
Blended by the lights
* Cracker, "Low":
-->A million poppies is gonna make me sleep\\
Just one rose and knows your name\\
The fruit is rusting on the vine\\
The fruit is calling from the trees
* Music/{{KMFDM}}'s "Megalomaniac" and the title track of ''Tohuvabohu''.
-->Nihilistic mystics\\
Apostolic alcoholics\\
Messianic manics\\
Catyclismic, and prolific\\
In the age of super-boredom\\
Hype and mediocrity\\
Celebrate relentlessness\\
Menace to society
* Much of [[Music/FallOutBoy Fall Out Boy's]] Folie a Deux qualifies. It may qualify as FridgeBrilliance for a lot of listeners, since a lot of the album is narrated by drug abusers. An example, from "Tiffany Blews":
-->A long walk to a dark ha-ha-ha-ha-house\\
A Roman candle keeps us far apart\\
I've got your body doing alright\\
Hate me baby maybe I'm a piece of art
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-d_jS_gz1I "Whole Day Off"]] by [[Music/OingoBoingo Oingo Boingo]] opens with this gem:
-->Have you seen my girlfriend she lives in a pig pen
-->Have you seen my girlfriend?
-->I can't seem to find her perhaps she is hiding
-->Underneath a blade of grass
* The Italian band Music/{{Verdena}} is rather infamous for their nonsensical and random lyrics.
* John Lees of Barclay James Harvest is known for writing lyrics with complex multiple meanings which look like this trope until you work them out - which may take years, especially since he rarely explains them. But the line "If music be the food of love, then someone ate the crown" still has fans completely baffled decades after he wrote it, and if it isn't this trope it might as well be.
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* It seems a lot of Aqua songs take after this trope; and if not this, then there is definitely [[SingingSimlish some Simlish being sung.]]
* "Oh Industry" by BetteMidler, lyrics to which may be found [[http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/beaches/ohindustry.htm here.]] Great song, but... "the mud's prophecy"? "Hydrogen fuel, it burns so clean; throbs in the veins, a mother lovin' machine"? Whaaa?
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlVI7ZNiFlI&ob=av2e ''The Look'']] by Roxette. This was their breakthrough hit in the US and UK, despite having lyrics that weren't even supposed to be kept, let alone make sense. Tasty like a raindrop!
-->'''Per Gessle''': "Walking like a man, hitting like a hammer"... the first two verses are guide lyrics, words just scribbled down to have something to sing. Couldn't come up with anything better, so we kept them. Everybody gets lucky sometimes...
** Perhaps recognising a winning formula, they later had a massive hit with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCorJG9mubk&feature=channel ''Joyride'']], which if anything was even sillier.
** In fact, pretty much the ''entire discography'' of Roxette can be listed here, though at least a few of the ballads are relatively coherent.
* The song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiH9dbAsAp0 She Amazed Me]]" by German power-pop band Rivo Drei. [[ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} Scott Adams]] wondered one day about how hard it would be to write a hit song, so he asked his blog's readers to submit lyrics that SEEMED to ALMOST make sense, then gave them to the band to arrange into a song.
** Just so you can see how this turned out, here's the first verse:
--> She had runaway eyes, and marshmallow kittens
--> My heart heard a dream like ten-thousand mittens
--> Woah-oh-oh, a tear in her hand
--> She spread deja vu all across the land
--> She spins round and round with a frog in her ear
--> Whispering fountains, and rocks she couldn't hear...
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2v87y5e9mA "Welcome Machine Gun" by Hubert Kah]]:
---> Martha planned to make a movie, movie made in stereo
---> Then she went to California, winded up on radio
---> Round about the Navy ballroom, get the man in gabardine
---> Kiss him once and kiss them all and send me cards on Halloween
---> * chorus*
---> Monday up to Saturday, you kick yourself from 9 to 5
---> Sunday's always wonderful, you wander on the TV line
---> Love is not a silly notion, love is not a monorail
---> Love is like the way you love a candle in a hurricane
* Tanita Tikaram typically pens word salad lyrics.
* David Sylvian: a mismash of mythology (Krishna, Orpheus, Shaman, Alchemy), MeaninglessMeaningfulWords ("I am far from the future and ambush the world"), and PurpleProse ("the room of sixteen shimmers"), best served with a hint of violence (bullfighter; boy with a gun, man who skins rabbits).
* The Argentinian humor group LesLuthiers has several songs specifically created to sound as foreign language songs, but they really have nonsensical lyrics, usually in Spanish. Among these are ''Oi Gadoñaya'' (presumably Russian, but really absurd Spanish) and ''Gloria Hossanna, that's the question'' (nonsense yuxtaposed Latin words). They even have an instrumental song, ''Miss Lilly Higgins sings shimmy in Mississippi's spring'' which includes [[http://youtu.be/uAVVPI72qVE?t=1m26s a section of "scat-like" sounds]]. They really are (again) nonsensical Spanish phrases:
-->Papa, batata, barata dirán
-->tanta pavada taraba a un titán
-->Vida para tribu,
-->estúpido bidet se traba.
-->Tipa brava dura daba prioridad.
-->Tapa pava hervida,
-->probará varón tu piba.
-->Trampa obtura entrada,
-->vivir a pan.
-->("They will say 'potato, sweet potato, cheap',
-->so much silliness turned a titan to idiocy.
-->Life for the tribe,
-->stupid bidet clogs itself.
-->Cover boiled teapot,
-->your girl will have the taste of a man,
-->trapdoor closes entrance,
-->to live off bread.")
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcUi6UEQh00 "Prisencolinensinainciusol"]] by Adriano Celentano is perhaps better classified as Word ''Puree'' Lyrics; the lyrics are an Italian speaker's imitation of what English ''sounds'' like, and are thus complete gibberish.
* A lot of Music/ToriAmos's songs. The explanations behind them are often even weirder.
-->Lemon pie, he's coming through\\
He's our commander still\\
Space dog.
** Lyrics like "tuna, rubber, a little blubber in my igloo" make perfect and complete sense to her.
** ''Boys for Pele'' was even panned for its incomprehensible lyrics. Her fans consider it one of her trademarks, and they like to interpret her songs. Although a lot of the time, you need Tori to explain what her songs are about, since her lyrics are ''that'' cryptic. For example, Tori alludes that "Riot Poof" is about homosexuality (which would explain the "poof" in "Riot Poof"), but the lyrics just don't make any sense.
-->this alliance you say\\
'i'm on the threshold of greatness girl'\\
so you burn your pagoda\\
through the congo till there's\\
a broken bond\\
on the birth of the search\\
white trash my native son

-->you know what you know\\
so you go chain her to your flow\\
she bites through your dried\\
lean meat as she's\\
going to the movie show\\

-->in a bath of glitter and a tiny shiver\\
she crawls through your java sea\\
black sahara i'm stepping in\\
to your space oddity
* Of Montreal's ''Skeletal Lamping''. The whole album. The fact that it's basically an (''incredibly'' disjointed) hour-long single doesn't help. Earlier songs have WordSaladLyrics to a degree, but none even come close to this album.
** The lyrics make slightly more sense if you know that ''Skeletal Lamping'' is a concept album about a middle-aged black transsexual who lives in Norway. His name is Georgie Fruit, and he has issues to work through. Lots of issues. (The second half of the previous album, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? is also focused on the singer's alter-ego.)
* The English version of "Twister", the theme song of ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', is definitely one of these. Many of the lyrics appear to be intentional {{Mondegreen}}s of the Japanese lyrics.
** Needs more candy canes...

* LemonDemon's "Word Disassociation" is pretty much this in its purest form.
* Almost every song by Cincinnati's electro indie pop band The Seedy Seeds.
* Ricardo Arjona sometimes goes too far into "post-modern metaphors", so they decided to create [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TyF9ixMyq4 this]].
* Several of Music/{{Shakira}}'s songs can fall into this. The best example is "Eyes Like Yours." "Crossed a river of salt/Just after I rode/A ship that's sunk in the desert" springs to mind.
* Although the rest of the song is relatively straightforward, the first line of Duran Duran's "New Moon on Monday" is "Shake up the picture with the lizard mixture".
** They've stated outright that "The Reflex" isn't about anything. "The reflex is in charge of finding treasure in the dark / And watching over lucky clover isn't that bizarre..."
* "Burning Down The House" by Music/TalkingHeads.
** And then there's "I Zimbra" which is adapted from a Dadaist poem by Hugo Ball:
--> Gadji beri bimba glandridi\\
Lauli lonni cadori gadjam\\
A bim beri glassala glandride\\
E glassala tuffm I zimbra
* Music/TheCars were fond of using a series of disconnected images as lyrics. "Moving in Stereo" is a good example.
* Plastic Bertrand's "Ça Plane Pour Moi". The lyrics make absolutely no sense, even in the original French. (There was a French genre called ''yaya'' that had Word Salad Lyrics as a ''defining aspect''.)
* Morning Musume's song "Koi wa Hassou Do The Hustle" is like this.
** "Koi no Dance Site" as well. It makes even less sense if you look up the translated lyrics.
** Other HelloProject examples include Hana wo Puun, Seishun Bus Guide ("I want to be reborn as a microphone"), Edo no Temari Uta II (which only makes sense if you know something about the Edo period), Robokiss, Konnichi pa...
* Puffy's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9Jk_IEjmTE&feature=kp "Destruction Pancake."]] It makes even less sense [[http://www.stlyrics.com/songs/p/puffyamiyumi17141/destructionpancake1083080.html in translation]].
* Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown writes lyrics based on sonority of the words, even if they don't make sense (a translated example: "Wheels in G, songs in C, A Brazilian, ô An entire form, ô, You, you, you").
** Amusingly, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mu1iKLq-J5s his]] SignatureSong (even featured when he cameod AsHimself on ''Film/Speed2CruiseControl'') is kind of straightforward. Except when he decided [[http://letras.mus.br/carlinhos-brown/the-girlfriend/ to translate into English]], [[CutAndPasteTranslation at times literally...]] (compare [[http://lyricstranslate.com/en/namorada-girlfriend.html this translation]])
* And then there's Creator/RichardHarris's "[=MacArthur=] Park". The chorus is thus:
-->>[=MacArthur's=] Park is melting in the dark\\
All the sweet, green icing flowing down\\
Someone left the cake out in the rain\\
I don't think that I can take it\\
'Cause it took so long to bake it\\
And I'll never have that recipe again\\
Oh no!
** The rest of the song makes considerably less sense. Perhaps they made a good choice casting Harris as [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Dumbledore.]]
** There was a story about somebody interviewing him about all the symbolism in that imagery, and he said that no, it was really about a cake in the rain.
** WordOfGod from songwriter Jimmy Webb is that he wrote the song after he broke up with a woman. They used to meet for dates at [=MacArthur=] Park in Los Angeles, and there always seemed to be birthday parties going on there, hence the cake imagery. Now, when it comes to "pressed in love's hot fevered iron like a striped pair of pants"...
* {{Madonna}}'s "Candy Perfume Girl"
-->Rush me ghost you see\\
Every center's my home\\
Fever steam girl\\
Throb the oceans
* This is Music/GirlsAloud's entire shtick. "Love Machine" is their most famous example. More recent ones are "Sexy! No No No..." and "Miss You Bow Wow".
-->We're only turning into tigers when we gotta fight back
-->Let's go, Eskimo
-->Out into the blue
* SpandauBallet, frequently. "True"'s "Take your seaside arms and write the next line" is just the start. The most blatant example (it even hangs a lampshade on it) is "Instinction", which starts:
-->Cheap bed, in the red\\
Sleep the words out of your head\\
Cold floor, nice and raw\\
Eat the meat that's on the floor
** ...and keeps going in the same vein (the most quoted line being "Stealing cake to eat the moon", and if you think it probably makes sense in context, go look it up on Website/YouTube). A lot of their other hits also lean heavily on lyrics that just sound good rather than making any actual sense, but worthy of particular mention is "Lifeline", which on first hearing not only sounds like it makes sense, but even like it might have a proper storyline. Until you try to work out what the story actually ''is''...
* LadyGaga's "Highway Unicorn (Road to Love)."
* EltonJohn's "Grey Seal" is pretty word salady. But nothing beats [[http://www.eltonography.com/songs/solar_prestige_a_gammon.html Solar Prestige A Gammon]]. It almost sounds like he's singing in French, but half of it is random English and the rest of it is gibberish.
** Many of John's songs with Bernie Taupin fit, such as "Skyline Pigeon".
* "I Want You" by Savage Garden. Human... cannonball?
** Interestingly, the second verse of "I Want You" compares "the time of talking using symbols using words" to "a deep sea diver who is swimming with a raincoat," implying that words have become entirely inadequate for expressing his feelings, which may result in this. "Human cannonball" aside though, it mostly makes sense.
* Creator/MichaelNesmith's 1967-68 [[TheMonkees Monkees]] songs, which also usually had [[WordSaladTitle inscrutable titles that appeared nowhere in the lyrics:]] "Daily Nightly", "Auntie's Municipal Court", "Tapioca Tundra", "Writing Wrongs", "Circle Sky", "Highway 99 with Melange".
** "Daily Nightly" is Nesmith's commentary on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunset_Strip_curfew_riots the 1966 Sunset Strip curfew riots]]. Still, knowing that doesn't make the song much easier to understand...
* "The Na-Na Song" by Sheryl Crow.
* The lyrics to "The Riddle" by Nik Kershaw are, in the words of the artist himself, "nonsense, rubbish, bollocks, the confused ramblings of an 80s popstar".
** This was really the lyrical equivalent of Lorem Ipsum that led to a bit of kerfuffle as the result of [[ExecutiveMeddling over-eager executives at the label]]. Running out of time before the recording session, he cobbled together some nonsense to fit the melody and laid it down as a vocal, and then decided it sounded good enough that it didn't matter that it didn't mean anything, so he left it like that. Before he could break the bad news, someone had decided to promote the single with a competition to decipher the lyrics.
* Music/TheMagneticFields occasionally make use of this, particularly in their early work. From "Living in an abandoned firehouse with you":
-->Take me out to the beach and I'll tell you my secret name\\
Take me under the sea and we'll derail the trains\\
Let's run away into the caves I still love you I still love you baby\\
You're in your own little box with ribbons in your hair\\
And there's dust in your mouth and worms in the air\\
Hideous city of unknown words...\\
That's where I live when I go to sleep\\
In an abandoned firehouse with you.
* {{Pink}}'s "Feel Good Time". It's pretty unusual for her, but once you learn that Music/{{Beck}} was a co-writer [[note]] In fact, it was originally going to be a collaboration between Beck and William Orbit for a solo album the latter was working on. Then someone got a hold of the demo and wanted to use it in ''Film/CharliesAngels: Full Throttle''; Beck didn't want to be associated with the movie himself, but didn't mind letting someone else sing the song[[/note]], lines like "paint our money black, spend it on the enemy" seem a little less odd.
* Pick almost any NewOrder song. While a few are reasonably lucid, quite a lot of their songs seem to just be collections of phrases Bernard Sumner thought sounded good together (much like the way Jon Anderson writes a lot of his lyrics, per the Yes entry above).
* [[RobenAndKnud Roben og Knud]] has this in every song they've made.
* "Summer Girls" by LFO opens with the lyrics "New Kids On The Block got a lotta hits, Chinese food makes me sick" and just gets weirder from there.
** It's really more of WordSaladLyrics overlapping with PainfulRhyme (rhyming "hornet" with "sonnet," for example.
* KanyeWest's [[AWildRapperAppears rapping bridge]] in KatyPerry's E.T., while mostly coherent, also contains lyrics such as "Tryin' to bathe my ape in your Milky Way" and "Pockets on {{Shrek}}, rockets on deck."
* Parodied in Anders Nilsen's "Salsa Tequila". The lyrics just list a bunch of Latin-related things like Spanish phrases, foods and drinks. The song is a parody of club songs and has a message that it can become a hit even if the lyrics don't make any sense. This worked. It did become a hit in Norway.
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[[folder:Country]]
* How about "She's My Kind of Rain" by TimMcGraw? A very rare example of word salad in country music:
-->She's my kind of rain\\
Like love in a drunken sky\\
She's confetti falling down all night\\
She sits quietly there\\
Black water in a jar\\
Says, "Baby, why are you trembling like you are?"
** And then there's [[http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/mcgraw-tim/when-the-stars-go-blue-16942.html "When The Stars Go Blue"]], though it's a CoveredUp Music/RyanAdams song.
* Big & Rich did this on occasion as well, most notably on "Real World". This one is made even weirder in that its melody and orchestration sound like a countrified "Bohemian Rhapsody":
-->Green, green grass and a rubber Russian bimbo\\
No one's got a name for the brain in a scarecrow\\
How can he believe what he sees on the TV\\
Nothin' but extreme over-executed fantasy\\
Happy dancin' feet down the street, down the corner\\
Some, they say he's silly, some, they say that he's a loner\\
How can you explain, he's got a name, nobody knows it\\
Did anybody ever stop and offer him a Prozac?
* FaithHill's "Red Umbrella". Something about your love being like a red umbrella that you can see on her face, collecting tears in a bottle made of gold, and God crying. The writers tried to justify this at [[http://www.the9513.com/faith-hill-red-umbrella/ The 9513]] by claiming that they were inspired by "Strawberry Fields Forever".
* Lyle Lovett is a fan of this. "Cowboy Man" is a good example:
-->She said, I got a 40 gallon Stetson hat\\
With a 38 foot brim\\
We could dance outside the outside, baby\\
Till we both fall in\\
And you can rope me on the prairie\\
And you can ride me on the plain\\
And I will be your Cinderella\\
If you'll be my cowboy man
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[[folder:Electronic]]
* Half of Fluke's ''Risotto'' album is instrumental, but the half that's lyrical is definitely this.
* Scooter. To be fair, they're German guys singing in English, but does that really excuse lines like:
-->I want you back so clean up the dish
-->By the way, how much is the fish?
** The [[http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Scooter Uncyclopedia article]] has a selection of their more inscrutable quotes.
* Squarepusher's F-Train has the following for its chorus:
-->Axis discrepancy reveals hexagons beyond control anomaly,
-->Mutilation colony reflects no triangular energy,
-->Asynchronous matter avoided by a diagram invisibility,
-->Subtle methods symmetry uncovered by a diagonal telemetry.
->And that's not even getting started on [[MindScrew the verses]].
* Music/{{Underworld}} lyrics generally seem to emphasize setting a mood over having any literal meaning. "Born Slippy (Nuxx)" for instance - one ''kind of'' gets the impression that it's about a night of debauchery gone wrong from a handful of more direct lines, but it's full of passages like "Random blonde bio high density rhythm / Blonde boy blonde country blonde high density".
** WordOfGod says the Born Slippy .NUXX lyrics were meant to represent an alcoholics internal thoughts. Singer Karl Hyde was, by his own admission, a functioning alcoholic when he wrote them (so you can imagine his reaction when people took the "Lager! Lager! Lager!"-chant to them).
* "Fireflies" by the musical project OwlCity, featuring such gems like "Cause I'd get a thousand hugs/From ten thousand lightening bugs/As they tried to teach me how to dance." Then again, pretty much anything by Owl City fits this trope.
* Crystal Castles' song Air War:
-->''Bronze by gold heard the hoofrons,''
-->''steelyringing imperthnthn thnthnthn.''
-->''Chips, picking chips off rocky thumbnail, chips.''
-->''Horrid! And gold flushed more.''
** The song can at least be partially explained by cribbing lyrics from Creator/JamesJoyce's Ulysses.
* "Hot Limit" by John Desire, especially because it's a TranslationTrainWreck of a TM Revolution song.
** Many other Eurobeat songs are this as well.
* The Young Punx' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NzFeTC22UQ "Rock Star (Understand)"]] is a particularly interesting case of this. The song is a cover of Asian Kung Fu Generation's "Understand", and like the above-mentioned theme from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', the lyrics were chosen to ''sound'' like the original Japanese while still making some vague semblance of sense in English.
* {{Angelspit}} love this trope! From "100%"
-->Dip my tail in blood ink
-->Write it down in red
-->Scribe the words "Happy meal"
-->Right across your head
** From "Vena Cava"
-->Empty, Heiress, Tantrums
-->Psycho, with a gun
-->Finger heresy\\
Clean out the poison when you cut out your tongue
* {{Goldfrapp}}, many times.
* The ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' opening "Red Fraction" by MELL is a prime example:
-->Get down on your knees \\
Get a good head on your shoulders \\
If it's for your guys \\
Go to the end of the earth \\
Do what you think, give it with dedication \\
I'll put out your misery \\
\\
You made a mess \\
For Christ sake, this rotten world \\
Shit out of luck \\
Go with my vision \\
Light up the fire, right on the power \\
Weapon...I have it all
** Granted, some of the lyrics could ''vaguely'' reflect some aspect of [[SociopathicHero Revy's]] life.
*** When you've got the lyrics, the song makes sense. Deciphering them from the song, though...
* "Elektrobank", by the ChemicalBrothers:
--> "Who's this, doing this type of synthetic alpha beta psychedelic funking?"
* "Fireball" by Ken Martin.
* HORSE the Band. Their songs are either A. About video games, or B. complete randomness. There is no C. Here's a sample.
-->SUPER SAPPHIRE IS SMILING\\
SUPER SAPPHIRE IS SMILING\\
...STILL SUPER SAPPHIRE IS SMILING\\
I am locked in his black hole gaze...\
I eat moons\\
YET HE EATS DAYS!!!!
* SkinnyPuppy. As if their music wasn't freakish enough. Exhibit A, "Convulsion":
--> heaven's trash fixation
--> turning mass direction
--> having a relationship without guilt

--> mass direction
--> off and away
--> hazy circles round the eyes
--> how long

--> heaven's trash
--> it's a vacant
--> scathing vapor
--> ancient role play
* The M Machine's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zPhgWQFrJc Promise Me A Rose Garden]] gives us these lyrics:
--> I cannot be sure I see the future
--> In my head, in my head
--> Why make myself for all I need help for
--> In my head, in my head
* "Candy Land Wedding" by Kill Paradise.
--> And I found you in the ocean blue\\
Fake sky\\
Rosy coloured bones poke through\\
And I could never write a lullaby for you, for you
* "Bones" by MSMR, which you may recognize from the "Game of Thrones" trailer. It seems to be various "Gothic" images randomly strung together.
--> [[AlbumTitleDrop Candy bar creep show]], my highs hit a new low
--> Marinate in misery, like a girl of only seventeen
--> Man-made madness, and the romance of sadness
--> A beautiful dance that happened by chance, happened by chance
--> Dig up her bones but leave the soul alone
--> Let her find a way to a better place
--> Broken dreams and silent screams, empty churches with soulless curses
--> We have found a way to escape the day
* For the first ten years of their career, every Tangerine Dream album was 100% instrumental, no lyrics. Then in 1978 they released two songs with lyrics on their ''Cyclone'' album, and everyone understood why they never wrote lyrics before. Both songs received a WordSaladTitle ("Bent Cold Sidewalk" and "Rising Runner Missed By Endless Sender"), and the actual lyrics were every bit as nonsensical, like this passage from the former song.
--> When I talk to the city
--> I have already learned three answers
--> Before I call the question
--> And slowly, I wish myself among trees
--> But can not hear myself wishing
--> When I talk to the people
--> Who are the trees that grow in the city
--> They reply with a fond kindness, slowly
--> But there is no answer
--> For experience to be made by mistake
** Made even worse by the ''very'' heavy effects applied to the vocal. It is more or less impossible to decipher the words without seeing them written down (or even with), and epic {{Mondegreen}}ing is pretty much inevitable, all the more so since it doesn't help to realise that your interpretation makes no sense.
* "Left Alone" by Flume featuring Chet Faker, especially in the following passage:
-->Cannot swallow blue found vow
-->More than that my sleep is wild
-->All I need is suffering bones
-->Breathe in sorrow
* When [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0657110/ Sergei Pakhomov]] (aka Pakhom) decided to record an album (in addition of being a cult film actor, painter and a few other things) the result was, ecpectedly what could have been trope codifier if it wasn't in Russian language and therfore limited to Post-Soviet grounds. The song ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V22MJIaV2Kk And Life's a Merry Carnival]]'' translates as following:
-->Stub.
-->Column.
-->Nose.
-->A Bus.
-->Style.
-->Chic.
-->Bastard!
-->Give me a minute.
-->Stub.
-->Passed.
-->Cactus.
-->(Refrain)
-->And life's a merry carnival
-->And life's a merry carnival... (Repeated many times)
** It should be noted that not only ItMakesAsMuchSenseInContext, but, as well, as much rhyme.
* Russian indie synthpop/noise/whatever-they-want band named ''[[http://kobyla.bandcamp.com/music Kobyla i trupoglzye zhaby iskali tseziyu, nashli pozdno utrom svistyashego khna]]'' (Roughly thranslated ''The Horse and the Corpse-Eyed Toads Have Searched for Caesium And Found It Late In The Morning of Whistling Henna''; often shortened to "Kobyla i trupoglazye zhaby" for [[WordSaladTitle obvious reasons]]) has a cult status partially built on NonAppearingTitle and this trope taken UpToEleven. Their (in fact, more or less HIS, as band mainly consists of musician Anton Vagin and a few [[{{TheGarfunkel}} Garfunkels]]) lyrics often have a lot of rather obscure references to Russian and Soviet history, paleontology and also frequently chaotically name some dishes. It is probably a pure DaDa with no sense at all, but it looks like it has something hidden very well, anyway. To provide a small example, these are excrepts ofrom their song ''How Am I Became a Kaiser'' (Listen it legally [[http://kobyla.bandcamp.com/album/--4 here]], ont their official site, track 4):
-->Mongolia eats the antelope
-->The grossberry kept up
-->Exam on Ancient Europe
-->And Chernyshevskiy's getting sick.
-->(Refrain)
-->So pour me some borsch, please,
-->Joseph Jugashvili!
-->And bring me the Darwin bread, fast
-->So set the table,
-->Joseph Jugashvili!
-->Herring under the fur coat [in fact, a nickname of a popualr fish dish in Russia], tossed salad, roast goose.
** It is actually rhymed (not everywhere, though), but really hard to translate into English.
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[[folder:Experimental Rock]]
* [[http://www.myspace.com/deerhoof Deerhoof]]. They seem to have gone through the "deliberately ridiculous", ironic and post-ironic forms of this trope, and are now making songs about pandas, flowers, pickup bears and seeing the duck because ''those sound like awesome things to write songs about''.
** [[EarWorm "If I were a man and you a dog, I'd throw a stick for you!!!"]]
* "Eleven Saints" by Jason Webley with Jay Thompson.
* Pick a CaptainBeefheart song. Any Captain Beefheart song.
--> Shish sookie Singabus,\\
Snored like a red merry-go-round horse!\\
And an acid gold bar swirled up and down,\\
Up and down, in back of the Singabus.\\
And the panataloon duck, white goose neck quacked:\\
Webcore, webcore...
** Of course, Don Van Vliet, in both his music and painting, is a living incarnation of TrueArtIsIncomprehensible.
** Van Vliet would probably sincerely tell you that all of those lyrics make perfect sense. He's really that eccentric, and seems to speak a language that nobody else does. At any rate, his lyrics are more about creating images than establishing a narrative.
*** Indeed, he's prone to making that claim. And in a way, those lyrics do paint a picture that makes sense to a person in a certain frame of mind, who also speaks Venusian or whatever language he uses. [[ItMakesSenseInContext His delivery has a lot to do with it]].
* The opening theme, "Logos Naki World", from the first anime of ''{{Hellsing}}''. It doesn't help that it's never been clarified what the actual lyrics ''are'', prompting many fans to make their own guesses, none of them anywhere near making sense.
** The OST has liner notes which contain lyrics to the song, just as expected the lyrics are still quite opaque:Don't be cool vibration/Revlofantasy
* Music/BrianEno, period. When he's not doing spacey ambient electronic music, he has lyrical Rorschach tests like this one from "Backwater" (complete with lots of gratuitous AccentUponTheWrongSyllable)
--> There was a senator from Ecuador who talked about a meteor\\
That crashed on a hill in the south of Peru\\
And was found by a conquistador who took it to the emperor\\
And he passed it on to a Turkish guru
** Many others, but "Ali Click" and "Miss Shapiro" (the latter recorded with fellow ex-RoxyMusic member Phil Manzanera) are two of the defining examples.
* Many of Faust's lyrics fit this trope. For example "Meadow Meal":
-->You are a fruit fork\\
And the money you look up\\
And the madame you look up\\
And the middle you look up\\
A wonderful wooden reason\\
To stand in line keep in line
* Robert Wyatt's lyrics are often word salad, at least under a generous interpretation of "word".
-->Burlybunch the water mole\\
Hellyplop and fingerhole\\
Not a wossit, bundy, see?\\
For jangle and bojangle.
* Pretty much everything by The Legendary Pink Dots. Won't you dance with me, my little pickled herring?
** Of course, there's [[WatchItStoned a very simple explanation]] for most of them.
** The Dots are one of those bands which thrive on a heady mix of LyricalDissonance and total MindScrew. In the above case, [[ItMakesSenseInContext context certainly helps]], but... Yeah, so do drugs.
* Architecture in Helsinki. Really, you could just say their name and be done, but specific songs spring to mind pretty quickly: "Do the Whirlwind", "Heart it Races" (which also has an incomprehensible title), and "The Owls Go". (Attic in a basement with a knife serrated, I'll forget you.)
* Many of TheResidents' earlier songs, especially "The Laughing Song":
-->A boiled old egg with a red peg leg\\
Thought a porcupine was his daughter\\
He soon found out that she had the gout\\
And she often would wrinkle underwater
** For another example try this verse from "Walter Westinghouse":
-->Eat exuding oinks upon\\
And bleed decrepit broken bones\\
At caustic spells of hell!\\
He sees the threads of worn-out treads\\
And calls his color true. \\
(Also pretty scary)
-->Me, I cried out "God!"
-->You dared me in the dark,
-->I felt the hush fall quietly from my spark.
-->So now I hide in piles of princely orange peels.
-->It feels the way you told me how it'd always feel.
* Anything by Liquid Liquid. Justified, as they used voice as more of an instrument as opposed to just having regular singing.
-->Mess with my head
-->So precious to my brain
-->Slip in and out of a phenomenon
-->Slip in and out of a phenomenon
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[[folder:Folk / Folk-Rock]]
* Leo Kottke, "Bungle Party":
-->Laughter insurance buys grins in repairs\\
From slapstick saviours stealing your air\\
While luminous bipeds in cellophane shirts\\
Watch shoe leather futures with memories of dirt\\
Porcupine birthday cakes labour the point\\
Great big pigs earthquake, but mainly they oink\\
Ambulance bread trucks line up on your head\\
Got mashed potatoes, ain't got no bread.
* Wes Carr's single "Love Is An Animal." Especially a bridge.
-->Yeah, the doors have ears
-->But they don't have eyes
-->So you do not have to present disguises
-->And the walls have mouths
-->But they do not listen
-->They seem to bite you when you're not welcome...
* Turin Brakes. Just Turin Brakes.
* [[http://www.jonathancoulton.com/wiki/index.php/Flickr "Flickr"]] by JonathanCoulton has lyrics describing randomly selected photos from Flickr that had Creative Commons licenses. The first verse or so kinda makes sense before descending into randomness.
* Music/{{America}}, the band responsible for the lyric "Alligator lizards in the air." In the chorus. And "Ventura Highway" overall makes much more sense than "Horse With No Name" (which actually tells a story) or "Tinman." Beautiful harmonies, though.
** There was a comedian who used to say that in an age of rebellion, America were rebelling against grammar.
--> where there ain't no one for to give you no pain
** and
--> there were trees and birds and rocks and ''things''
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nej4xJe4Tdg "Bob"]]. Every line is a palindrome, sung in a half-assed BobDylan voice.
* {{Wilco}}'s "Born Alone" is, [[http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/09/watch-wilcos-new-born-alone-video-and-read-the-story-behind-its-lyrics/244656/ according to]] WordOfGod, entirely made of this trope. The lyrics are a mishmash of random words found in a book of 19th-century poetry that Jeff Tweedy was looking through as he wrote the song.
** There's also Billy Bragg and Wilco's "Hoodoo Voodoo", which actually had [[PosthumousCollaboration lyrics written by]] Woody Guthrie. Justified because Guthrie was just writing a silly song to entertain his kids:
-->Jinga jangler, tinga lingle, picture on a bricky wall
-->Hot and scamper, foamy lather, huggle me close
-->Hot breeze, old cheese, slicky slacky fishy tails
-->Brush my hair, kissle me some more
** "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart" is sort of on the borderline: It seems to tell a straightforward story about a man getting drunk and hooking up with an ex he doesn't have feelings for anymore, but it's peppered with strange metaphors and just plain "word garnish" ("Take off your band aid, 'cause I don't believe in touchdowns" and "I am an American aquariium drinker" for instance).
* AHawkAndAHacksaw: "I Am Not a Gambling Man".
-->There will be no hunting season,\\
this year, \\
all the hunters have been poisoned\\
by an old beer.\\
And in the cities and the towns\\
all the banks are closed down.\\
The bankers have all gone home \\
to make love to their wives like they were twenty-five.\\
And if you lie down by the roadside,\\
leave some kind of sign by the roadside.
* Some TroutFishingInAmerica songs lean this way, such as "Spider's Fence" and "My Front Door".
* [[Music/NataliaOShea Natalia O'Shea]] seems to have a certain fondness for this trope.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Classical]]
* Pick a song written in Latin, [[OminousLatinChanting any song in Latin.]] They almost always sound really [[RuleOfCool awesome]], but are, when translated, revealed to be a random mix of grammarless, half-connected words. Sometimes the tense doesn't even stay constant. Then again, Latin is a dead language so it's not like the majority of people would know any better anyway.
** Well-exemplified by the music for the world-view portions of ''Rome: TotalWar''; it won several awards, but the lyrics are just random Latin words with no particular relevance to anything.
** Enya's "Afer Ventus" (from the album ''Shepherd Moons''), penned by Roma Ryan, is ''exactly'' this. Likewise "Cursum Perficio", which is a fair bit closer to intelligible Latin but is still filled with weird phrasings and apparently random grammar.
* The opera ''Four Saints in Three Acts''. The lyrics were written by Gertrude Stein, well known for her Word Salad Poems.
-->"Let Lucy Lily Lily Lucy Lucy let Lucy Lucy Lily Lily Lily Lily Lily let Lily Lucy Lucy let Lily. Let Lucy Lily."
* The [[OminousLatinChanting Ominous Sanskrit Chanting]] of "[[ThePhantomMenace Duel of the Fates]]". JohnWilliams asked a friend to translate a stanza of a Celtic poem to Sanskrit, then reduced the stanza to phrases consisting of a single word when translated to English and repeated their Sanskrit counterparts. [[http://www.jw-collection.de/songs/duel.htm Just take a look.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hip-Hop]]
* "Feel Good Inc" by {{Gorillaz}}. Whether this is also an example of IndecipherableLyrics is debatable, because the lyrics aren't ''that'' poorly enunciated, but they're so bizarre that they sound like a {{Mondegreen}} and throw off attempts to decipher them that way.
-->You've got a new horizon, it's ephemeral style
-->A melancholy town where we never smile
-->And all I wanna hear is the message beep
-->My dreams they come a-kissing 'cause I don't get no sleep, no...
** Actually, the "message beep" part makes perfect sense if you notice that right before the chorus, there's a noticeable bleep, and the song changes pace from the dark, somewhat monotone sound to a blissful chorus, that gives a sensation of being filled with bright sunlight. The whole song relies more heavily on the music rather than the lyrics. Damon Albarn himself gives this for a reason why he doesn't put lyrics in the booklets for his albums: "If you didn't get it from the sound, then you've already missed the point".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIfSaDNVjXI Chip Tha Ripper's S.L.A.B. Freestyle]] contains some pretty impenetrable metaphors, to the point of internet notoriety.
--> Interior crocodile alligator/I drive a Chevrolet movie theater
** Actually, subverted. This seemingly nonsense phrase means that a) His Chevrolet has been reupholstered with crocodile skin and b) that it has a sound system powerful enough to serve as a small movie theater.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8wh0cdK0cw&feature=related This]] song from Busdriver.
* Before they became more well known for instrumental hip hop, Music/TheAvalanches' music included rapping that largely fit into this trope. "Rap Fever" for instance:
-->Untraceable calculators with electronic eyes
-->Rap fever!
-->Paisley-striped animal collisions
-->Rap fever!
** Of course, their most famous song "Frontier Psychiatrist" doesn't make much sense either.
-->Did I ever tell you the story about Cowboys!\\
Midgets, the indians and, Frontier Psychiatrist\\
I felt strangely hypnotised\\
I was in another world, a world of 20.000 girls\\
And milk! Rectangles, to an optometrist, the man with the golden eyeball\\
And tighten your buttocks, pour juice on your chin\\
I promised my girlfriend I could... violin violin violin violin...
** There's also "Everyday", to which the lyrics make no sense.
-->Everyday
-->Such an easy way to get around
-->I was dreamin' like a fool
-->High school lovin', everything's alright, yeah
* The whole point of the Music/InsaneClownPosse song "Scatterbrain"
-->Horrified jelly worms with electric infantago,\\
Dinosaur crybabies cookin' shrimp in San Diageo.\\
Full moons mean nothing without your roller skates,\\
When the water runs dry and blood fills the great lakes.\\
* KoolKeith has done this on most of his albums, but took it to legendary heights under his "Dr. Octagon" psuedonym.
-->My vomit fluctuates, covers your skull like protoplasm\\
Lightning bugs turn pink, on my tongue catches spasms\\
Green elephants, I battle streets with a zebra\\
My mechanism is more than Dionne's psychic voodoo\\
African beads, snakeskins, cold script through you my medical passes\\
You can't see, with greedy glasses\\
Carbon dioxide, pour right through 'em with gases.
* Nearly everything by AesopRock. Though at least some of it is comprehensible, it's hard to separate it from the more bizarre parts.
-->You are dealing with a reborn icicle age poltergeist,
-->Uprock, sidewalk cycles stuck at the bus stop.
-->Wookie foot must not sleep under the invaders, no batteries, no jumper cables.
* [=WreckdoM=]'s "Gallows Hill", which was recorded for a [[http://songfight.org/ song fight]][[http://songfight.org/songpage.php?key=gallows_hill competition]], has lyrics that were written by way of playing mad libs with that site's forum members. Thus explaining lines like:
-->Gallows hill is a Goomba I've found\\
It's a tumultuous table, and there's no coconut syrup around\\
So if you've got the Chinese apple, then let's make a plan\\
To masticate away\\
so you can hold my rectum
* Pretty much any lyric in any given Music/DeathGrips song.
-->Got the DNA of gothic lemons\\
Shredded thirteen times out of eleven\\
Your bad ideas are the ATM\\
Shed my skin, leave it for the homeless to sleep in
* Anything and everything by cLOUDDEAD falls into this. From Apt. A pt. 2:
-->Trim brushes, paint buckets, second story roof tag,
-->what it means to have an artist plug a black hole with mortar.
-->Close circuit walk home, broken brick and lease is up,
-->house is open, keyhole empty.
-->Meet you out in california, rucksack, sleeping on nude beaches,
-->Performing for our dimes and nickels.
-->sewerside on street corners speaking out our piece,
-->we'll till the land with a pulled up parking meter
-->'til the soil churns to wind.
-->A stretched taffy howl to peacock plume our haircuts,
-->the painted pigeon dessert's a crust of bread.
-->The former melon's rhine and open empty shell,
-->which ones get the poets' bedrooms?
-->And kicks the pebble loose, a sylvan lot, its painted rail,
-->a horde of cricket carcasses.

* 90's rap Group The Fu-Schnickens were often guilty of this, especially stand-out member Chip-Fu, who rapped so fast that a lot of the stuff he says sounds incredible despite it being gibberish, even the likes of:

-->So eeney, meeney, miney, mo good goobelly goo I bumped my toe
--> Oh-oh, "oh-oh better get Maoco" chocolate Chip's about to flow
--> The super the cala the fraja the listic expiala-Dope Chip
--> When the mic is gripped in ridobidobip bip da be bong de dang, Bo!
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jazz]]
* The '40s swing tune: Mairsey Dotes.
* Almost any SteelyDan song. Go ahead, pick one. (The effect is spoiled if you get the references though.) One example in particular, "Throw Back The Little Ones":
-->Lost in the barrio
-->I walk like an Injun
-->So Carlo won't suspect that something's wrong here
-->I dance in place
-->And paint my face
-->And act like I belong here
-->Throw back the little ones
-->And pan fry the big ones
-->Use tact, poise, and reason
-->And gently squeeze them
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Punk]]
* "Ça Plane Pour Moi" by Plastic Bertrand: It shares a near identical melody and arrangement (and the same backing musicians) as "Jet Boy Jet Girl" by Elton Motello. However, "Jet Boy Jet Girl" is a peppy tune about a jilted, possibly homicidal, underage gay boy and his relationship with an older man, while "Ça Plane Pour Moi" is French (and occasionally GratuitousEnglish) word salad. One of the English phrases included is "I am the king of the divan!" for example.
** If you pierce through all of the bizarre French slang, [[IntercourseWithYou the meaning of the lyrics]] becomes pretty clear... That said, it's pretty incoherent and whacked out, suggesting [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs lots of speed usage during the writing process]].
* {{Wire}} are notorious for this trope, or rather for very subtly subverting it: Quite often, their least comprehensible lyrics are actually loaded with meaning. "Outdoor Miner", for example, sounds like utter gibberish, but is actually about a chlorophyll-eating insect. [[LyricalDissonance And it's really catchy]].
** Doubly subverted with "The 15th", which is a passionate song about... nothing, really.
** "Kidney Bingos" plays this one pretty straight, although there is an implied theme, and it can be read as a very abstract ListSong. The chorus alone is "Money spines, paper lung, kidney bingos, organ fun"...
*** RunningGag? All of the above are serious {{Ear Worm}}s...
** "German Shepherds" makes this scary.
* The Dead Milkmen have also been known for word salad lyrics, most notably on "Smokin' Banana Peels," in which such phrases as "Mites are living in your eyelashes" and "Dip your breasts in shimmering lip balm" are interspersed among the more coherent lyrics. Other examples include:
** "I Am The Walrus"
-->I sold my niece to Edwin Meese
-->And I wonder what life's about
-->I talked of tires while your dog caught fire
-->And I wonder what life's about
** "Where The Tarantula Lives"
-->Jim Bakker got eaten by wombats
-->The fever's spread to town
-->Ol' Doris Day has been taken away
-->Has anybody seen my downs?
* Glassjaw is certainly fond of this trope, with {{Word Salad Title}}s thrown in for good measure.
-->It's a shame that our messiahs move their pawns\\
from different mountains\\
And we're left to dance these bodies 'round the fountain\\
If a leader preaches worship to the sheep within the valley\\
Who'll be riding in a tank that says 'just married'
* Don't forget At The Drive-In, the band which eventually spawned TMV. The song lyrics for that band are also way out there, though for both bands, the lyrics are heavy on metaphor and DO have meaning. Either Cedric Bixler-Zavala thinks on a higher plane than most people, or [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} he just doesn't think like us.]]
** Either that, [[ObfuscatingInsanity or he's totally fucking with us]].
* And Also The Trees (even their name is wordsalad) have tons of these. examples include "i could live in the space between his heartbeats" , "while all around him wallpaper dies" from the aptly named "wallpaper dying" and "She moves painless, slow and flowing Across the wild and trembling path and the headless clay woman's motionless beauty shines" from headless clay woman. though one can't help but feel like it's all just symbolism you fail to grasp.
* Pretty much anything by early 90s post-punk group Drunken Boat (though ''not'' the currently active, [[NamesTheSame entirely different band going by that name]]). Taken to extremes towards the end of "Spin Around", where suddenly two overdubbed tracks of vocalist Todd Colby come in, babbling like {{Talkative Loon}}s about two entirely different things ("trolley... car... c-cable car? c-c-cable car"), and eventually having a cryptic conversation with each other:
-->''Go to the government.''
-->'''I went to the government office.'''
-->''Go.''
-->'''I demanded my piece of the pie'''
-->''What pie?''
-->'''This will get results...'''
* On the self-titled debut by That Petrol Emotion--when they were still post-punk--a wildly-varied (but great!) profusion of styles were attempted: unified, primarily, by loud guitars and killer hooks. More of a head-scratcher, "Cheapskate" knelt before the altar of Music/TheFall:
-->And double-breasted\\
A pretty serious dude\\
Commits an iceberg\\
To hum those blues
* Melt-Banana's lyrics (and name) are of the "sounds, not meanings" variety, to the point that most of the time, none of the (rapidly shouted, heavily Japanese-accented) words are decipherable even in isolation -- it's pretty much only about their rhythmic/percussive qualities. (Yasuko Onuki actually seems to be pretty good with English but, of the uses it can be put to, "communication" doesn't make the list when she's in a studio.)
* The secret track on [=NoFX=]'s album ''Wolves In Wolves' Clothing'' has Fat Mike singing either this or outright SingingSimlish to the tune of various songs the band made. This was (if I recall) because the lyrics to those songs had not actually been written yet at that point.
* This and LyricalShoehorn are the defining tropes for a lot of {{Goth}} music. Bands are pretty evenly split between those who will admit to this (eg, Bauhaus), and those who insist that [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic there is a deeper meaning that listerners are too dense to understand]] (eg, Sisters of Mercy). Examples:
** Bauhaus' "Terror Couple Kill Colonel". The title was taken from a tabloid headline.
-->And as he lay there \\
Playing games with his pain\\
He felt his choice of jobs \\
Was such a mistake\\
He could have been a doctor in a soft easy chair\\
Instead he chose three stars\\
A territorial affair
** Sisters of Mercy's "Dominion/Mother Russia"
-->In the light of the fact \\
On the lone and level sand stretched far away \\
In the heat of the action \\
In the settled dust \\
Hold hold and say \\
In the meeting of minds \\
Down in the streets of shame \\
In the betting of names on gold to rust \\
In the land of the blind \\
Be...King, king, king, king
** Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Songs From the Edge of the World"
--->Let the fire fall in\\
The footsteps we leave\\
Painted on the ground\\
We'll watch the stars\\
Come crashing down\\
Upon our heads\\
Like a madding crown
* A few early Wildhearts songs. Assuming that the words to If Life Is Like A Love Band I Want An Overdraft have actually been deciphered correctly, any guesses what "fists, gists and communists, I feel like a log, it's a dog in onyx" is meant to mean?
* A few songs by Worm Quartet are like this:
** [[http://www.thefump.com/fump.php?id=105 "Call Me Jennifer and Steal My Stapler"]]
--->Why can't strudel bitch and pout?
--->Why won't bicycles put out?
--->[[LampshadeHanging What's this stupid song about?]]
** [[http://www.thefump.com/fump.php?id=1114 "The Laundromat of Sin"]]
--->A riboflavin travesty
--->Goes up and down the tapestry
--->That graces my new haggis tree
--->By cowlight and bi-nightly
** [[http://www.thefump.com/fump.php?id=1124 "A Worm Quartet Christmas"]]
--->The voice of my thermostat cut through the night
--->Like a fat Presbyterian licking a kite
** Steve Goodie's Worm Quartet tribute [[http://www.thefump.com/fump.php?id=1290 "Ecstasy of the Bilious Waterpoodle"]] also qualifies:
---> Can Malibu Barbie get a part in the next Sharon Osbourne docu-drama bout left-handed Ukrainian mambo enthusiasts who find themselves suddenly expurgated in coleslaw?
* Atom And His Package's "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad Lib" was written as though the lyrics were produced mad libs style. Worm Quartet took this a step further by actually replacing certain words with fan-submitted ones.

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[[folder:Internet Original]]
* Ghost from Radio/TrueCapitalist Radio seems to be keen on inventing his own songs with rather surreal lyrics including
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuFz7fV_zt0 Money success fame...]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic bronies]]?
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOgtCEvTTW8 She blinded me with science!]] There she goes again! I don't believe it! She's doing a barrel roll! And she's a melting pot of friendship!
* Music/BadLipReading, a Youtube artist who specializes in taking music videos or political ads and redubbing them with nonsense lyrics/dialogue.
** Take for example [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQOJwDMZMXw Dirty Spaceman]], assembled using clips from the Nicki Minaj and Will-I-Am music video "Check It Out".
--->Tonight I'm leaving, though I'm bleeding \\
Now you know me as \\
Dirty spaceman, yeah \\
And now I'm leaving, got that spaceman head \\
And now I'm leaving \\
Now I'm leaving \\
Angelmouth ate my jedi jello \\
Now she feels the burn \\
Now she feels the burn \\
And now I'm feeling extra angry \\
I'm the dirty spaceman
** Or take [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUcszN8jRB8 Morning Dew]], a mash-up of Bruno Mars, Jay-Z, and Lady Gaga.
--->A midget said "Speak with an accent" \\
So I did \\
Just so I could steal his {{Porsche}} \\
While he was tied to a stake \\
In the rain
** Then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhDhDRvHaGs Rick Perry]].
-->''Ice cream. That is cheap. Fact.''
-->''And then I suspended Marsha off this bridge, and took a virgin heifer nightriding for a while; we never got a dead spirit. We hated it though. It's disgusting.''
-->''Someone had a grade-A lungfish decorate their home for a merry fool's function.''
-->''What's good is to get these goats for our computer industry!''
-->''I'm bored by famine. I cannot wait for a medieval cookie, a cinnabon, hot yellow cool-aid, and save a pretzel for the gas-jets!''
-->''Some do the olympics; and some defy the titans. Ice cream.''
-->''You know, I had this girl, who was too ugly to ride; and we were bitter. This princess-and-the-mustache, one-size-fits-all, everybody-hookup? Babe.''
-->''You can borrow my [=CDs=], but not one every day! You could try my Kwanzaa [=CDs=]; but they're not yours, and you don't have to take any of them.''
* Gunnarolla's [[http://youtu.be/yGXRpYxIFFY "What If I Was A Llama?"]] and [[http://youtu.be/7YvCsqDU7YU "The Chicken Told Me I Was Gay"]] both demonstrate what happens when you let Website/YouTube commenters write your lyrics one line at a time:
-->I'm not sorry.
-->I ate my pony
-->Please don't go aw-ay
-->You know that old donkey?
-->potatoes are itchy!
-->The fridge is my best friend
-->(I am [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic a brony!]])
* [[http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/llama The Llama Song.]] The verses are even weirder than the choruses about llamas:
--> I was once a treehouse, I lived in a cake
--> But I never saw the way—the orange slayed the rake
--> I was only three years dead, but it told a tale
--> And now listen little child, to the safety rail!
* Many Music/TayZonday songs have this, but "Chocolate Rain" is a well-known example.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP0f5rvVkAU&feature=plcp Sunshine and Celery Stalks]] by [=PinkiePieSwear=], being seemingly random bits of dialogue by [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Applejack]] stung together.
* Experimental musician [[http://sogreatandpowerful.com/ So Great and Powerful]] really loves writing these kinds of lyrics, "[[http://lyrics.wikia.com/SoGreatandPowerful:E38 [=E38=]]]" and "[[http://lyrics.wikia.com/SoGreatandPowerful_%26_Circuitfry_:_The_Morning_And The Morning And]]" being two good examples.
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!!Non-music examples:

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''[[Anime/LuckyStar Motteke! Sailor Fuku!]]'', which is quite appropriate considering it somewhat parodies shows with songs exactly like it.
** It doesn't help that what the song actually says changes depending on who you're talking to. Is the second line about being wrapped up in a sailor uniform, a school uniform being wrapped in the person wearing it, or ''rapping'' in a sailor uniform? It's so confusing!
* The Team Dai-Gurren theme from ''GurrenLagann'' (technically called "Rap is a Man's Soul", but more often called "[[RefrainFromAssuming Row Row Fight The Powa]]") is mostly a HotBlooded anthem about [[BeyondTheImpossible doing the impossible]] , but then there's the second verse...
-->Second-best, dedicates to the real peeps\\
What we got to say is so real thing\\
Cuz, revolution ain't never gonna televise\\
Kicking the mad flow, microphone phenotype\\
Open your third eye, seeing through the overground\\
I'm about to hit you with the scream from the underground\\
Whole city is covered with the cyber flavor\\
"G" is in your area, one of the toughest enigma
* From Anime/DragonBallZ: Sparkle sparkle, the galaxy's a POPCORN SHOWER!
** The official English version of Cha-la Head-Cha-la, straight from Kageyama's mouth:
--->If there ever was a dinosaur\\
In a mound of icicles\\
I would wanna train it to ride a ball.
* The anime ''WeissKreuz'' has image songs for all the major characters. "Spiritualized", the song for psychic Schuldig, is like this, likely to illustrate the chaotic feeling of touching unshielded minds.
-->Goodbye, my mars\\
I shot your pigs\\
Goodbye, strange fruits\\
Get higher, get higher
* On the other side of the Pacific, the composer J.A. Seazer has produced the most thick metaphorical songs for the anime ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena''. All lines typically devolve into one of two categories: word salad invoking a barrage of relevant imagery, or obtuse commentary. Then again, only in Japanese is it possible to eloquently sing:
-->I am a imaginary living body come to its end (Watashi hatenaru kuusou seimeitai)
** Looking at the translations, JASEAZER is a RefugeInAudacity. He can get away with writing a song that basically names off all of the components of an ornamental crest (I Am All the Mysteries in Creation) or a song that lists geological eras (Palezoic in My Body) and ''have them work''.
** It should come as no surprise that two-thirds of the duel songs weren't written specifically for the show.
* All of the English songs on the ''Manga/SoulEater'' OSTs, as well as the French one. "Step Up" in particular comes to mind.
-->Times I get into it they're appealing from the dirt
-->White spot so easily cursed by the rose mary's flirt
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'''s OP, "Soramimi Cake," is a great anime example of a word-salad song.
-->LU LA LU LA The piano is a melody in the world's field of blooming dreams
-->Believe in the broken clock and who's side will time be on?
-->Why is my heart waiting so much for that tender-hearted someone?
-->Tell me a wonderful future MOONLIGHT, MOONLIGHT SLEEPIN'
-->LU LA LU LA The girl of awakenings will kiss the apple of memories and
-->In a book opened with sorrow and longing, the bell meant for the two of us will ring
-->Because I want to hold you tight my dear one
-->Don't cry any more GOOD BYE SADNESS
-->The words on the mysterious door read "Soramimi Cake"
-->WONDERLAND! Welcome, to you FAIRYLAND! It's the magic of love
-->LOVE'S ALL WAY! Every day, the temptations of wheat, so fluffy
-->CAKE FOR YOU! Eat, for tonight is TEA FOR YOU! A tea-party in the constellations
-->The chorus of angels at the window is to you, just your ear playing tricks?
-->The voice saying "I love you, I love you"
** Somewhat justified, in that much of the lyrics are odd puns and wordplays in the original Japanese. For example, the song title, "Soramimi Cake", which is pronounced "soramimi keiki" and is usually translated "Fancy Hearing Cake", sounds a lot like "sora mimikaki". "Sora" is typically translated as "sky", and the kanji used to write it is also translatable as "air" or "empty". "Mimikaki" is a device for cleaning out earwax, and the two kanji used to write it can be translated as "ear" or "edge", and "scratch", "scrape, or "noise" respectively. So with a slight twist, the title becomes "Empty Ear Noise".
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'':
** Most of the {{Image Song}}s (and indeed, most Image Songs in general) are designed to make sense, as they're written to give depth to the characters. Not Nagato Yuki's. As we don't really understand what's going on in her head, some of her image songs get nigh-incomprehensible. "Under Mebius" (which [[NoPronunciationGuide actually means]] [[GratuitousEnglish "Moebius"]]) starts out with English word salad, then segues into the kind of equally nonsensical Japanese you'd hear from a human computer:
--->''Under section, might Mebius\\
Replay play play Mebius\\
Land wake but our Mebius ring the ring\\
Existence, past, present, local time difference\\
Amendment, improper, restartable\\
Selection, comprehension, junction search, manual''
** The opening of ''Manga/HaruhiChan'', "The Story Up To Now", really takes this UpToEleven, combining anime references, {{Mythology Gag}}s, obscure Japanese puns, and... words fail, just [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnagFy5ThJo watch this.]]
* The ending of ''{{Joshiraku}}'' begins with a untranslatable simile-rap verse that has no grammatical structure and doesn't seem to have any meaning other than being a TongueTwister HurricaneOfPuns… much like the series itself, one could say. It's actually [[OverlyLongName the name of Jugemu]], [[GeniusBonus a famous Rakugo character]].
-->''Jugemu jugemu gokō no surikire\\
Kaijarisuigyo no suigyōmatsu\\
Unraimatsu fūraimatsu\\
Kūnerutokoro ni sumutokoro\\
Yaburakōji no burakōji\\
Paipu paipu paipu no shūringan\\
Bakyu~~n\\
Shūringan no gūrindai\\
Gūrindai no ponpokopi no ponpokona no\\
Chōkyūmei no Chōsuke.''
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[[folder:Film]]
* "Can You Picture That?" by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, from ''TheMuppetMovie''.
* "So Far To You I May" from Czech film ''Film/LemonadeJoe'' sounds like a song in English spiced with some Spanish words, as fits TheWestern set in Arizona. The lyrics actually mean nothing, but the gibberish is hilarious. Taken UpToEleven when you ''read'' the lyrics. The words are written as Czech speakers without any knowledge of English would hear them, and transcribed phonetically ("Sou Fár Tů Jů Aj Mej").
* The BritishRockstar Protozoa and his band Microbe in the Disney Channel Original Movie ''Film/{{Zenon}}'' seem to subscribe to this trope. They jam various unrelated scientific terms together, add a beat, and call it a song. Just what is "interplanetary megastellar hydrostatic" supposed to mean? Oh, and the boys on the Wyndham SpaceStation don't like Microbe because they can ''understand'' him, meaning the music they like is even more in line with this trope.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The lyrics to any song by Lawn Chair Crisis/Sea Vegetable Conspiracy/Sexist Pigs/Rock Solid Panda/Salacious Mold/Millennium Lint/Dangerous Stain/Dichotomous Lemur in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' series are like this.
** Eric: Come, my faux juggernaut, my nefarious loins! Slather every protuberance with arid zeal! Turgid is my torment! Agony swells within!
** And yes, ALL of his songs have the word "loins" in them.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The EndingTheme for ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', and some of its variations make it even more so. Amusingly, said WordSaladLyrics involve an ''actual'' salad.
** WordOfGod, by the way, is that the "tossed salad and scrambled eggs" really is meant to be a relatively nice way of referring to some of his patients. Tossed salad can't be un-tossed and scrambled eggs can't be un-scrambled, just like some neurotic people can't be cured.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' parodies this trope with "Idiot Control Now", their {{Mondegreen}}-ish remake of "Burning Rubber Tires", a song performed by the FakeBand in ''PodPeople''.
* ''TheMightyBoosh'' with their crimps.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Parodied in the ''HancocksHalfHour'' radio eisode "The Poetry Society" where Hancock trues to ingratiate himself with a group of snobbish intellectuals by attempting to imitate their word salad verses. Naturally they immediately denounce him as a fraud, but when his idiot friend Bill tries it they hail Bill as a fellow genius.
* The song "Whackit on the Dram" from the ''Radio/HamishAndDougal'' episode "Fame Idol" is a string of random Scots words and just plain gibberish, concluding "Hi-ho! For the open road!"
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[[folder:Theater]]
* 'Exquisite Corpse' from ''Theatre/HedwigAndTheAngryInch''.
-->A random pattern with a needle and thread
-->The overlapping way diseases have spread
-->to a tornado body with a hand grenade head,
-->and the legs are two lovers entwined.
* Some of the lyrics from Jonathan Larson's unfinished play ''Theatre/TickTickBoom'' can tend this way, in particular ''Actions Speak Louder Than Words'', which seems more concerned with what sounds pretty than what makes sense.

-->Cages or wings?\\
Which do you prefer?\\
Ask the birds.\\

-->Fear or love, baby?\\
Don't say the answer\\
Actions speak louder than words.\\

* It doesn't sound like salad to me. You can string together a cohesive thought process through those lines, unlike all the others on this page.

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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Deadpool's theme from Marvel vs Capcom 3 is pretty nonsensical, appropriate to the man himself. Here's just the first verse:
-->Do not walk, do not talk, don't be fool, go to school\\
Do not watch, do not touch, do not throw a thing you have\\
Do not grab, do not bend, don't be shy, do not lie\\
Do not cry, do not shout, do not do it, never do it
** Don't you understand what I mean, what I say so?
* Just about any ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' game featuring songs with lyrics is bound to have some of these. For instance:
** Big the Cat's theme from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure''. [[http://www.stlyrics.com/songs/s/segasoundstudio9560/lazydayslivininparadise561985.html Here are the lyrics]].
*** Some lines make sense, but... some of them definitely ''don't''. Lines like "Happy, Happy Muy Amable", and "Okay, all you have to do is sit up, look left, right, up, and down" make me wonder what Ted Poley was smoking... At least it fits [[CloudCuckoolander Big]]'s character.
** And from the same game, we have "My Sweet Passion (Theme of Amy Rose)". Or at least, one line of it.
--> The Sphinx was so cute, I had to shave it.
*** It's possible it's talking about a breed of hairless cat known as the Sphinx, but if so... WHY?!
*** Some fans assume this was some form of [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar innuendo]].
** Knuckles' theme, "Unknown from M.E.", also frequently devolved into this, particularly in the outro:
--> Knock knock, it's Knuckles / The bloat thrower / Independent flow-er
*** It's "boat thrower" not "bloat thrower", referring to Knuckles' [[SuperStrength Super Strength]], however it's still is this trope because at no point in the game does he throw any boats at anyone and there's no need to specify boats as the thing he's throwing at you.
** Cashell's "Un-Gravitify" from [[SonicRiders Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity]] makes such little sense that any attempts to find a meaning in it are futile at best. There are even several sentences that are just plain gramatically incorrect!
* "Daikenkai" from ''PopNMusic'' and ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution''. Here's a translation of the refrain (and let's not talk about the rest of the lyrics):
---> Nonsense from a spinning head, high tension, and a strong beat / From a five-match janken game comes tactics for big opinions/
** Another from Pop'n Music and DDR is "CURUS". It's obviously got a vague love theme, but...some lines make absolutely no sense. Take for example the beginning of the extended version of the song (note - lyrics may not be 100% accurate):
--->Think you slip away\\
While I make my doing through you\\
So I wonder how\\
You picked me up to this real\\
\\
Make me so far grown\\
How I'm daring to respect\\
That's so off my pain\\
Sometime, someplace, everywhere
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2giCw8JrRY And Then To CODA]]", the main theme of ''{{Solatorobo}}'', has nothing to do with the game's plot or setting, aside from a few token mentions of the sky and winds.
* Several songs from the ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' series. Composer Kota Hoshino's engrish makes the lyrics up to interpretation to say the least.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYHv1h7-12E Thinker]]:
-->I'm a thinker, I can break you know\\
I'm a shooter, trust me baby\\
Aztec jumper, feel it in the wind\\
Crafting power in peace now with me\\
\\
See Seabiscuit running forward\\
All are as you're seeking hour\\
Outer space and someone waits there\\
Sounds of mechs that play in the fallout
** There are ''wildly'' varying versions of ''Thinker'' floating around, due to the song's nature lending itself well to mishearing them, with the only common theme being that they make little to no sense. The official lyrics as given in the game's OST booklet are as follows:
-->I'm a thinker, I could break it down\\
I'm a shooter, (a) drastic baby\\
Agitate, jump out, feel it in the will\\
Can you talk about deep sea with me?\\
\\
(The) deep sea fish loves you forever\\
All are as you're thinking over\\
Out of space when someone waits there\\
Sound of jet, they played for out
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'''s opening theme ''Twister,'' in spades. While one can make some sense out of it if one tries really hard, and the visuals that accompany it are a heavily symbolic SpoilerOpening, the words themselves are thoroughly bizarre.
-->Brain wave, main frame,\\
Psycho got a high kick\\
Collect and select\\
Show me your best set\\
\\
Crystals, blisters,\\
It's all over now:\\
Psycho cane, you're so keen,\\
[[MemeticMutation I need some more candy canes.]]\\
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/completelist/0,29569,2059182,00.html TIME.com's list of "Top 10 Songs with Silly Lyrics"]], many of which have already been mentioned on this page.
* The [[http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/llama "Llama Song"]] - the only common thread is the titular concept of llamas:
--> Llama llama\\
Cheesecake llama\\
Tablet brick potato llama\\
Llama llama\\
Mushroom llama\\
Llama llama\\
[[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion Duck]]
** The verse is even worse:
--> I was once a treehouse\\
I lived in a cake\\
But I never saw the way\\
The orange slayed the rake
** Or this little gem:
--> Is that how it's told now?\\
Is it all so old?\\
Is it made of lemon juice?\\
Doorknob, ankle, cold.
* The {{Mondegreen}} [[GagSub version]] of the Tamil song "Kalluri Vanil" by Prabhu Deva, commonly known as "Benny Lava" among Internet-faring English-speakers.
** In Brazil, it's "Rivaldo Sai Desse Lago" (Rivaldo, get out of this lake).
** Likewise, the versions of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtJRNyPK-lc the Indian Thriller]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fSpI4oZoDc Tunak Tunak Tun]].
* Music/JonLajoie parodies this in "WTF Collective" with MC Confusing:
-->Yeah you're whack, cause everybody understands what you say\\
But when I get on the mic, I make milk outta clay\\
And I play air guitar with a tube of toothpaste\\
And I say karate pencil case and put it on tape\\
** And again in "WTF Collective 2":
-->MC Confusing back in this bitch\\
With a parking sandwich and chicken ticket\\
I got a liquid face lift from a a fig with big tits\\
And my wrist got twisted by a Brit with fake spit
* One of ''NotTheNineOClockNews'''s songs had a SurrealMusicVideo and word salad lyrics -- except for the chorus, which was, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQamw4xxxHY "Nice video, shame about the song."]]
* "Gang Fight", the [[BadLipReading poorly lip-read version]] of "Friday" by Rebecca Black, has major themes of chicken (which, by the way, is for us to no eat) and gang fights, and then there's this:
-->Ain't no chicken from China I'm blastin'\\
I'm grabbing a routine vaccination\\
With chicken and sweet carp on the side
* SongsToWearPantsTo's [[http://www.songstowearpantsto.com/songs/i-empty-my-baby/ "I Empty My Baby"]]: A fan sent Andrew some already pretty silly lyrics for him to use in a song, and added that the lines didn't necessarily have to be in the same order. Andrew took the LiteralGenie approach, and changed the order of every single word. Thus:
-->I empty my baby out my pockets to make me feel just right
-->I sweat dry anti-fungal cream every day and every night
-->You know my eye drops you every time I look for you
-->Get out my feet you at me
-->eyes get really so get so every my start time you don't me
-->At look and
* Some songs by Jonti Picking (a.k.a. The Weebl) tend to have those lyrics at least in some portions of the looping song.
* Every song [[GagDub subtitled]] by Buffalax or in the style of him ends up like this, given that the subtitles are just [[{{Mondegreen}} what the foreign singing sounds like]], rather than a straight translation. Still, there's no doubt that lines like "Who put the goat in there? The yellow goat I ate!" and "In your yard I am the Ferengi man, very odd and chunky!" qualify.
* In the webcomic QuantumVibe, [[http://quantumvibe.com/strip?page=302 Chari and Prebakar]] take this trope UpToEleven.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'':
** Zecora communicates mainly in rap, so she tends to say what she means in one line, then spout a complete non-sequitur that happens to rhyme in the second line.
-->'''Zecora:''' The ponies of this town / are really weird. / Did you know Santa Claus / has a beard?
** Rarity's HardWorkMontage is set to [[Music/{{Eurythmics}} "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"]] with new, nonsensical lyrics.
-->'''Rarity:''' Sweet dreams are made of peas. / Who am I to eat your cheese?
** Discord introduces himself by singing a song about "Penny and Clyde". He admits, in the song, that Penny and Clyde have nothing to do with anything, but he just likes saying their names.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' has Homestar's attempt at singing a song for a stirring utensil in "Halloween Potion-Ma-Jig".
-->'''Homestar Runner:''' Backyard peaches! Treats come true!\\
Karate summer, what would ya do?\\
The world is the egg, and diapers come true...\\
'''Bubs:''' Ugh, heard enough of that one! You, you get a chewed-up pen.
** ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' #125, "rock opera", has the eponymous rock opera "[=SBEmail!=]", a song with lyrics based on randomly-chosen words from the last 124 Strong Bad Emails, strung together into semi-coherent sentences.
-->Join me on my single hundred toilet dreams picture\\
Everybody wanna scam some sweet bucks or... potential pizza
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* PhineasAndFerb make a song with meaningless lyrics in the episode "Flop Starz"
-->Chicka chicka choo-wop, never gonna stop
-->Gitchi gitchi goo means that I love you
** Most songs in the series end up like this. A delicious example is "Dance, Baby" from "Candace Disconnected". The moment the song is sung is random and silly, and the lyrics top it off:
-->Dance, baby, dance, baby, shake your hips
-->Go down to the pier and get some fish and chips
-->Groove, baby, groove, baby, motivate your limbs
-->Never eat a cactus if you're out of practice
** There is also the infamous "Squirrels in My Pants", which is the most random song in the whole show.
* In ''TheWeekenders'', the in-universe band ''Chum Bukkit' have a song called "Suffused Elephant Quaff Winces Exasperating" with lyrics consisting of notes whose original meanings were mangled by Carver's lack of penmanship.
* "Killer Tofu" by the cartoon rock band, [[WesternAnimation/{{Doug}} The Beets]]
* The second song in {{Imaginaria}}, ''Anything Is Possible Now'', seems to literally try to form some cohesion to footage obviously edited together from multiple shorts. It manages to pull it off for the most part.
* Most likely unintentionally, [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Patrick's]] song he wrote in the WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants episode ''Sing a Song of Patrick'' has some pretty nonsensical lyrics.
-->This song is over, except for this line.
-->You win this round, Broccoli!
* "Eep Opp Ork Ah Ah" from TheJetsons
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' transformations, namely the 'Enchantix' theme song, get this. It sounds like they just threw a bunch of semi-relevant words in.
* There's a lot of singing in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. Most of the time, the lyrics make zero sense.
* "Glen Belt"'s song in IAmNotAnAnimal: "Why do you reject me? / You know I'm full of diseases / Quattro formaggio / Pizza made with four kinds of cheeses". It gets worse.
* Nearly any Mystik Spiral song in ''{{Daria}}''.
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