You hear a song coming on the radio. You know the song. You love the song. It's one of your favorites. You're all ready to belt out the start of the song but... the intro keeps playing. Cue embarrassment. You should have waited Four More Measures.
The bane of karaoke singers everywhere, Four More Measures is a music trope relating to songs that trick people into thinking they are about to launch before they do, causing hilarity for everyone in the vicinity.
Examples of Songs That Cause This Include:
- James Blunt's "You're Beautiful". Especially notable as the singer himself screws it up in the version released to the public. The "Weird Al" Yankovic parody lampshades this fact.
- "Bubbly" by Colbie Caillat also hangs a lampshade on it, with the singer asking "Can you count me in?" So she doesn't screw it up.
- Journey's "Don't Stop Believing"
- Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock And Roll"... remember, the piano goes twice.
- Similarly, Jethro Tull's "Aqualung"; the opening riff is played twice, but for some reason, mp3s tend to cut off the first one.
- Green Day's "Good Riddance". It's not helped by the two false starts on guitar at the beginning either.
- Led Zeppelin's "Tangerine". It takes Jimmy Page a couple tries to get the tempo right.
- The Kingsmen's, "Louie Louie". "See.... (drums here) See Jamaica, the moon above." This is a slightly justified example, as the band had believed they were merely doing a rehearsal of the song.
- Inverted in the single release of the Monty Python Lumberjack song. The music attempts to transition from the epic listing of trees to the actual singing portion, but when the singer keeps listing, it goes back to its epic tones, almost as if it were ashamed.
- When recording "Creep", Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood came in too early before the chorus (some sources say this was intentional and that he wanted to ruin the song). However, the rest of the band liked it and decided to Throw It In.
- Pink Floyd's "Time", noted for its overly long intro section.
- The Velvet Underground's "All Tomorrow's Parties."
- Oasis' "Wonderwall" - man, that intro goes on FOREVER...
- Metallica's "Creeping Death", just before the "die" section - it seems just a tad too long.
- The into to "Orion" also is subject to this.
- The Who's Baba O'Riley (aka Teenage Wasteland).
- MGMT's "Electric Feel" sure does take its time.
- Happens a multitude of times in the song "Everything Else" by the group of the same name. l
- This can be heard during Daft Punk's Alive 2007 Live Album. Twice. The first time during "One More Time/Aerodynamic", in which the intro from "One More Time" was extended an extra bar causing hilarity when members of the crowd were heard trying to sing along, and again during "Superheroes/Human After All/Rock'n Roll", in which if you listen very closely, you can hear some audience members singing along too soon.
- "I Saw Her Again (Last Night)" by The Mamas and the Papas has a false start at the last chorus, but it works well, so the band left it in.
- Emilie Autumn plays the Manipulator Mix of "Dead is the New Alive" at her gigs, which repeats the first line before launching into the pre-chorus. Gig-goers accustomed to the album version, to Autumn's often delight, will launch into the pre-chorus early.
- Invoked in Psychostick's "#1 Radio $ingle", a parody of commercialized radio rock which adds a Narm Charm-ishly flashy harmonics section after the initial distorted guitar opening.
- In P!nk's Raise Your Glass, the singer herself screws up the timing at the climax: "So raise your... aw, fuck."
- In “Polly” by Nirvana, Kurt comes in with "Polly says” before Krist finishes his bass riff. This was even done on purpose in the faster “(New Wave) Polly” version.
- The Beatles did this on some of the unused recordings later released as part of The Beatles Anthology, such as on "I Am The Walrus" where John Lennon comes in too early with the line "Yellow matter custard dripping from a dead dog's eye".