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Looped Lyrics
"I know a song that'll get on your nerves, get on your nerves, get on your nerves,
I know a song that'll get on your nerves, get on your nerves, get on your nerves,
I know a song that'll get on your nerves, get on your nerves, get on your nerves,
And this is how it goes, bom, bom, bom..."
(repeat ad infinitum)

A song in which the lyrics are repeated time and time again. They fall under any of the following tropes (and probably Broken Record):


Examples:

Single Word Songs
  • Koyaanisqatsi! Koyaanisqatsi!
    • Parodied in P.D.Q Bach's "Prelude to Einstein on the Fritz": "Koy-hotsy-totsy..."
  • The duet "Woe" from P.D.Q Bach's "half-act opera" The Stoned Guest.
  • Any number of sacred vocal works setting the word "Amen" or "Alleluia."

Single Sentence Song
  • John Mayer's song "Say" repeats the phrase "say what you need to say" many times.
  • LCD Soundsystem's "Us v. Them"'s latter half consists of "Us, and them, over and over again" and minor variations thereof... over and over again.
  • "Free Speech For The Dumb" by Discharge: "Free speech, free speech for the dumb" repeated for two minutes. The better known Metallica cover actually adds one more line to it - "free fucking speech!".
  • In the play Vanities by Jack Heifner, Joanne offers to "teach the kids the words to 'Hold That Tiger'," which is not such a good idea because the words are just "Hold That Tiger!" repeated over and over again.
  • The fifth movement of Havergal Brian's Symphony No. 1 "The Gothic" is an epic 16-minute setting of the Latin sentence "Judex crederis esse venturus."

Single Stanza Song
  • Several Daft Punk songs work like this. "Around the World", "Robot Rock", and "Television Rules the Nation" have only their titles for lyrics.
  • Queens of the Stone Age's "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" has one line of lyrics that are repeated ad-infinitum throughout the whole song, with no real chorus. ("Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol...c-c-c-c-c-cocaine"
  • I AM HENRY THE EIGHTH I AM, HENRY THE EIGHTH I AM I AM, I GOT MARRIED TO THE WIDOW NEXT DOOR, SHE'S BEEN MARRIED SEVEN TIMES BEFORE, AND EVERY ONE WAS A HENRY, SHE WOULDN'T HAVE A WILLY OR A SAM, I'M HER EIGHTH OLD MAN I'M HENRY, HENRY THE EIGHTH I AM.
    • Second verse, same as the first!
      • A little bit louder...
      • AND A WHOLE LOT WORSE!
  • "Gangs of Riverside" by Starflyer 59.
  • "The funk phenomena, the funk phenomena, the funk phenomena, the funk phenomena, the funk phenomena" ad nauseam (Armand Van Helden)
  • "A Better Class of Criminal" by Electric Valentine, which has a Non-Appearing Title.
  • Crystal Castles has a little song called "Doe Deer", whose lyrics consist solely of Alice screaming DEATH RAY, DEAAAATH RAAY!
  • "A/B Machines" by Sleigh Bells has the single line "got my a machines on the table, got my b machines in the drawer" repeated throughout it's 3 and a half minute runtime.
  • Lamb Chop's Play-Along
    This is the song that doesn't end,
    yes it goes on and on, my friend.
    Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was,
    and they'll continue singing it forever just because...
    This is the song that doesn't end,
    yes it goes on and on, my friend.
    Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was,
    and they'll continue singing it forever just because...
    This is the song that doesn't end,
    yes it goes on and on, my friend.
    Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was,
  • DRI's "Reaganomics" is 42 seconds of "Reaganomics killing me, Reaganomics killing me, Reaganomics killing me, Reaganomics killing you!" being repeated.
  • Right about now, the funk soul brother/check it out now, the funk soul brother/right about now, the funk soul brother/check it out now, the funk soul brother
  • "Dicks Are For My Friends" by Mindless Self Indulgence.
  • In BT's song "Nectar", the lyrics are simply, "And it ebbs and goes, ebbs and goes where love can only flow..." repeated until the very end.
    • A lot of his songs are like that, such as "The Force of Gravity", which only repeats the chorus after the first and only verse. "Do you cry your eyes asleep? Is it peace you seek at night when your body's weak?" etc..
  • The Grasscut song "Lights" (as used in the Kmart Black Friday commercial) repeats "The lights, the lights, the lights that lights the lights, the lights, the lights, the lights" in the background several times.
  • A number of Cirque du Soleil songs, Cirquish lyrics or not, such as "Ena fee aaah! Ena fee alyne!" in the unicycle act song from Amaluna (which sounds more like "And i feel alive" in the soundtrack version).
  • The whole of Sigur Rós' ( ) album - the album's entire lyrics consist of a nonsense phrase which is repeated through all eight songs.
  • Feeder's Bad Hair Day. The lyrics that aren't distorted mumbling and muffled screams go:
    Bad hair, bad hair day (x12)
  • Enzo Siffredi's "I Don't Care", which is essentially six minutes of the Title Drop over and over. (Unless they're actually singing "Why don't you". It's hard to tell with this artist.) Also the lyrics that kick in halfway through "My Blue Ray-Bans", which are two verses repeated over and over.

Second Verse Recursive
  • When The Saints Go Marching In
  • The Nightcrawlers - Push The Feeling On (MK dub and subsequent remixes): "-Er/ And their lives again -er / And their li- to pull us -er" ad nauseam. These are in fact chopped and resampled lyrics from the forgotten 1992 original mix.
  • Paradise by Coldplay.
  • A version with the hymn "Down to the River to Pray". It basically repeats the chorus and only slightly changes the verses (replacing sisters with brothers, fathers, mothers and finally sinners).
  • This is actually a common structure for most spiritual songs: repeat the same verse several times, but change only one or two lines. (For instance, "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" is just that line sung four times, then with "the whole world" swapped out for something else on each subsequent verse.)

Chorus-Only Song
  • A LOT of Church choruses.
  • "I know a song that gets on everybody's nerves, everybody's nerves; yes, on everybody's nerves. I know a song that gets on everybody's nerves, and this is how it goes... I know a song that gets on everybody's nerves, everybody's nerves; yes, on everybody's nerves. I know a song that gets on everybody's nerves, and this is how it goes... I know a song that gets on everybody's nerves, everybody's nerves; yes, on everybody's nerves. I know a song that gets on everybody's nerves, and this is how it goes...." And it can go on for as long as you like.
    • Or until the driver pulls the vehicle over and threatens to put everyone out on the side of the road.

Circular Lyrics
  • "I Don't Wanna Wait" by The Veronicas: It starts just the way it finishes and you could loop it easily.
  • "The Bear Went Over the Mountain:"
    The bear went over the mountain,
    The bear went over the mountain,
    The bear went over the mountain,
    And what do you think he saw?
    He saw another mountain,
    He saw another mountain,
    He saw another mountain,
    And what do you think he did?
  • Florence + the Machine's "Falling":
    And my love keeps writing again and again,
    And again and again and again and again,
    And again and again and again and again,
    And again and again and again and again,
    And again and again and again and again...
  • There's a reworking of the old 1954 Dean Martin ballad Sway, done by a novelty act called Shaft in the late 1990's. This dispenses with most of the lyrics and just repeats the first two lines of the first verse. Over and over and over again. You want to slap the lead singer, and send her a copy of the lyrics with the word "LEARN!" attached...
    When Marimba Rhythms start to play, dance with me, make me sway;
    Like a lazy ocean hugs the shore, hold me close, sway me more...
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  • Groove Armada's Sand Dunes and Salty Air has extremely minimalist lyrics.
    If you're fond of sand dunes and salty air,
    Quaint little villages here and there...
    • And that's it. Nice ambient tune, but every time these two lines are repeated it's like the Chinese water torture.... the listener wants to yell, yes, and then what? Where's the rest of it? You've already sung that bit. What's the rest of it?

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