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, "Out There" includes as least three of these. At the start, it has this back and forth between Frollo and Quasimodo:
I am your only friend.
You are my one defend-
- 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-
- And then still in the same song, there's:
Out there they'll revile you as a monster
Out there they will hate and scorn and jeer
Why invite their calumny and conster-
nation? Stay in here
- 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". Since this happens once a verse, it was probably done for artistic purposes.
- 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 opening to Lehrer's song "Smut"
Give me smut and nothing but!
A dirty novel I can't shut,
If it's uncut,
- "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-
- "I Will" by Jimmy Wayne:
What can I do? I can't make you stay here
But if you should choose to go your own way, where-
-ever you're going, whenever you turn
Remember this moment, remember these words
- "Follow Your Arrow" by Kacey Musgraves combines this with a Last-Second Word Swap:
If you save yourself for marriage, you're a bore
If you don't save yourself for marriage, you're a hornote -
- "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":
Journey, journey to a spot ex-
citing, mystic and exotic[...]
Intrigue, plots to bring disaster
Humor handled by a master
Romance, sex presented pastor-al-ly
- "War is a Science":
And if all the ploys we pick to rea-
lly work to bring to pass occur
We won't have just a victory
We'll have ourselves a massacre
- "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
- A Little Night Music:
- "Liaisons" completes a rhyme and a song by having Mme. Armfeldt fall asleep in the middle of a word:
In a world where the kings are employers,
Where the amateur prevails and delicacy fails to pay,
In a world where the princes are lawyers,
What can anyone expect, except to recollect liai...
- Carl-Magnus's verse of "A Weekend In The Country" rhymes "item" with "might am(use you)."
- "Night Waltz I (The Sun Won't Set)":
Is rather an unset-
- "It's Hot Up Here" from Sunday In The Park With George:
The outer show
Of bliss up here
Ing dot by dot
- "Love Will See Us Through":
Young Buddy: I've some traits, I warn you,
To which you'll have objections.
Young Sally: I, too, have a cornu-
Copia of imperfections.
- "Ah, But Underneath":
As changeable as a chameleon,
With all that entails,
But nobody saw what was really un-
Derneath all the veils.
- 1776 features several examples, including "Sit Down, John":
It's ninety degrees,
have mercy, John, please!
It's hot as hell,
- Happens often in Hamilton, though it's usually not obvious because, as is common in rap, the structure tends to be pretty flexible and there are a lot of internal rhymes.
- One example from "Alexander Hamilton":
There would've been nothin' left to do for someone less astute
He would've been dead or destitute without a cent of restitut-
- And then one from "Satisfied":
I asked about his family, did you see his answ-
er? His hands started fidgeting, he looked askance:
He's penniless, he's flying by the seat of his pants!
- 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 quotes a playground rhyme that combines this with some Inverted Curse Cut Short. Snippet:
Miss Lucy had a steam boat
The steamboat had a bell,
Miss Lucy went to heaven and the
Steamboat went to...Hell-
- South Park's version, however, is much naughtier than the original playground song. Specifically, mention is made of "cont-aminated water."
- Animaniacs, listing off all the Presidents the US had had at the time:
Ted Roosevelt charged up San Juan Hill
Then President Taft he got the bill
In 1913 Woodrow Wil-
son takes is into World War One.