Many poems follow some sort of rhyme scheme—AABBA, ABAB etc. This is generally an end rhyme; the rhyming words come at the end of each successive line. Generally the rhyme ends up even, and each line is a complete phrase, if not a complete sentence.
And then... there are these.
If you write out the poem or lyrics in lines, they will
rhyme... so long as you cut words between two lines. Or three, but that would get silly
Tends to overlap with a Least Rhymable Word
, as a way of getting around it (without "chilver" or "doorhinge").
Please note that the word has to be completed
for this to work. Otherwise it's an abbreviation, a Curse Cut Short
, or a Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion
This is the extreme form of what is technically known as "enjambment," spreading a phrase or sentence over two lines instead of fitting each thought to its own line.
- In The Great Mouse Detective, Ratigan's Villain Song "The World's Greatest Criminal Mind" includes this line:
An even grimmer
Plan has been simmer-
-ing in my great criminal brain!
- In The Prince of Egypt, the song "Deliver Us" includes the following line:
Help us now,
in this dark hou-
- In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the beginning of "Out there" has this back and forth between Frollo and Quasimodo:
I am your only friend.
You are my one defend-
- And later in "Out there," we have this triplet:
Out there, sitting in the sun,
Give me one day
Out there, all I ask is one,
To hold forever
Out there, where they all live un-
- The song "Marley and Marley" from The Muppet Christmas Carol rhymes "greed" with "needy", "black" with "shackles", and in a cut verse, "part" with "heartless".
- Tom Lehrer
Eating an orange
While making love
Makes for bizarre enj-
- The opening to Lehrer's song "We'll All Go Together When We Go":
When you attend a funeral
It is sad to think that sooner or l-
ater those you love will do the same for you...
And you may have thought it tragic
Not to mention other adjec-
tives to think of all the weeping they will do...
- "The Way You Look Tonight" (originally from the film Swing Time, now a jazz standard):
Oh, but you're lovely,
With your smile so warm
And your cheeks so soft,
There is nothing for m-
e but to love you,
And the way you look tonight.
- Arlo Guthrie's "Motorcycle Song" (allegedly written while falling off a cliff after trying to play an acoustic guitar while riding a motorcycle):
I don't want a pickle
Just want to ride on my motor-sickle
And I don't want a tickle
'Cause I'd rather ride on my motor-sickle
And I don't want to die
Just want to ride on my motorcy... cle.
I knew that it wasn't the best song l ever wrote, but I didn't have time to change it. I was comin' down mighty fast.
- From the Capitol Steps song "The Hardest Rhyme" (to the tune of "The Longest Time"):
We can't rhyme Yeltsin
We'll have to pull our belts in
Do something else in-
stead of finding rhymes
- Alan Jackson's "Like Red on a Rose" has one:
And I love you like only little children love pennies
And I love you 'cause I know that I can't do any-
- The Decemberists' "The Legionnaire's Lament":
Medicating in the sun
Pinched doses of laudanum
Longing for the old fecund-
-ity of my homeland.
- Bob Dylan's "Hurricane":
We wanna put his ass in stir
We wanna pin this triple mur-
-der on him
- Comedian and musician Richard Stilgoe's 45-minute poem Who Pays The Piper?, which humorously outlines the history of music from Pan to the present day, contains a song outlining Chopin's life, set to the Minute Waltz, which contains several of these:
...and went off to Vienna and Berlin,
where he met Hummel and Paganin-
-i the great violin virtuoso.
She used to smoke cigars,
and would habitually wear trous-
-ers, collar, tie and crew cut hair.
- Peter Schickele presented a song based on the name "Mindy", which included the following break:
suffer from a vitamin de-
- The Starland Vocal Band's "Afternoon Delight"
Rubbin' sticks and stones together makes the sparks ingite
and the thought of rubbin' you is getting so excit-
- "In A Little While" from Once Upon a Mattress does this twice:
In a little while, just a little while,
You and I will be one, two, three, four.
In a little while, I will see your smile
On the face of my son. To be for-
Ever hand in glove
Is the way I have it planned[...]
My time is at a premium
For soon the world will see me a m-
- Bye Bye Birdie's "Put On a Happy Face":
Wipe off that gloomy mask of tragedy
It's not your style
You'll look so good that you'll be glad ya de-
cided to smile
- From Wicked:
And helping you with your ascent al-
-lows me to feel so parental
Don't be offended by my frank analysis
Think of it as personality dialysis
Now that I've chosen to become a pal, a sis-
-ter and adviser
There's nobody wiser
There's nothing that can stop you
From becoming popu-
- Frequently in "Defying Gravity":
It's time to try / Kiss me goodbye / Just you and I / I'm flying high
- "Ladies In Their Sensitivities" from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street:
When a girl's emergent
Probably it's urgent
You defer to her gent-
-ility, my Lord
- "Magic to Do" from Pippin:
Journey, journey to a spot ex-
citing, mystic and exotic
Journey through our anecdotic revue
- "How I Saved Roosevelt" from Assassins contains a mid-letter rhyme, which when written down looks sort of like:
We'd have been left
- "Superstar" from Jesus Christ Superstar:
Did you mean to die like that? Was that a mistake, or
Did you know your messy death would be a record break
- "I Miss The Mountains" from Next To Normal:
All these blank
Seems they've dried up all my tears
- Epic Rap Battles of History has this during the fight between the Wright Brothers and the Mario Brothers.
Luigi: HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW?
Mario: Spit flames out our mouth
Both: Like our name was Bow- SER
- Goldentusk's With Lyrics version of the Halloween theme does this once; perhaps unnecessarily, since the running rhyme of the song is a long E sound.
His sense of life and death and good and e-
vil seemed extremely rudimentary
- In one episode of "Doofenshmirtz's Daily Dirt", Dr. Doofenshmirtz raps this gem:
Can a doctor get a melody or maybe a chorus?
Today's rap artists, well, they kind of ignore
A certain older demographic...
- Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog takes this Up to Eleven in "Brand New Day":
as a mor-
'cause at first
it was weird
though I swore
-nate the worst
of the plague
I was vague
on the how
so how can it be
- South Park's version, however, is much naughtier than the original playground song. Specifically, mention is made of "cont-aminated water."