Glasses (etc. etc.)...
- Allan Sherman used this trope in one of the parodies in his medley "Shticks And Stones" on his 1963 album My Son, The Folk Singer; in this case, he detoured around what was then a borderline obscenity in Yiddish, the word "schmuck":
Oh, I'm Melvin Rose of Texas,
And my friends all call me Tex.
When I lived in old New Mexico,
They used to call me Mex.
When I lived in old Kentucky,
They called me Old Kentuck.
I was born in old Shamokin,
Which is why they call me Melvin Rose.
- The Killers, Mr. Brightside:
Now they're going to bed,
And my stomach is sick,
And it's all in my head,
But she's touching his chest, now...
- The obscenity-ducking is inverted in Jonathan Coulton's First of May:
Grass below you, sky above,
Celebrate Spring with a crazy little thing called... Fuckin' outside.
- And in Chiron Beta Prime by the same artist:
That's all the family news that we're allowed to talk about
We hope you come and visit us soon
I mean we're literally begging you to visit us
And make it quick before they [MESSAGE REDACTED].
- In his "Kenesaw Mountain Landis", there's one that seems like this at first given his humor, but it turns out to just be an unexpected rhyme scheme (which does get respected the rest of the way):
Kenesaw Mountain Landis was a bad motherfucker
He was seventeen feet tall, he had 150 wives
He didn't do that much except he saved the game of baseball
He put two and two together and he noticed it was four
Now the treachery of Shoeless Joe can't hurt us anymore
- "The Future Soon", which has the following lines:
I'll end world hunger, I'll make dolphins speak,
Work through the daytime, spend my nights and weekends Perfecting my warrior robot race...
- It's a bit of a stretch, but the intended rhyme is likely "Asleep", though an earlier line describes working "In a space lab in space," which rhymes but doesn't fit the meter of the song.
- Alternatively, you can think of "speak" rhyming with the first syllable of "weekends."
- Paul and Storm, who often tour with Jonathan Coulton, have one of their own in "Cruel, Cruel Moon." You keep waiting for them to sing "...and then rip me apart." but they never do.
- Subverted rhymes aren't always obscured obscenities. From Brian May's song "'39":
And the night followed day
And the storytellers say
That the score brave souls inside
For many a lonely day
Sailed across the milky seas
- Popular cheer for cheerleaders:
Ra! Ra! Rhee! Kick 'em in the knee!
Ra! Ra! Rhass! Kick 'em in the other knee!
- Ah, but don't forget the inverted version:
Ra! Ra! Rhass! Kick 'em in the ass!
Ra! Ra! Rhee! Kick 'em in the other ass!
- A Refuge in Audacity extension to the above:
Ra! Ra! Resticles! Kick 'em in the first knee again!
- Another cheer like this:
Rick em! Rack em! Rock em! Ruck em! Go out there and really fight em!
- One more cheer:
We eat Wheaties! We are fit! The other team doesn't! They eat shhh...redded wheat!
- And another!
Chocolate, Strawberry, Banana Split! We think your team plays like, SHIFT to the left, shift to the right...
- Depending on your team's colours:
We're red! We're white! We're good! You're...not.
- There are a lot of these:
Two, four, six, eight, our team is really great! Three, five, seven, nine, you lead petty little lives and you live in a cultural wasteland.
- And another...
We will, we will, rock you down, shake you up, like a volcano, we'll erupt
Strap on the seatbelt, step on the gas, we're gonna kick you in the—EVERYBODY! (repeats)
- Variation: In this performance of Roy Zimmerman's song "Ted Haggard Is Completely Heterosexual", there is the following couplet:
Zimmerman: Now Ted's a little haggard, but he's thankful for the schism,
Zimmerman: [speaking] "You're right, but wait for it."
[sings] And you might find it hard to swallow...the syllogism...
- Also, in "Saddam Shame":
Now we've learned our lesson: it's hard to conduct
A war when the prewar intelligence sucked.
Now some say the country is totally f...ar from anything a well-meaning superpower could ever hope to reconstruct.
- And again in "Summer of Loving":
Find a white dress or a tux;
It ain't nobody's business who a person marries.
- And a cleaner, more subtle version in "Defenders of Marriage":
One summer evening when my woman was doing laundry
I shared a six-pack with an old John Bircher
And oh so wisely he imparted an ancient quandary
To ponder: He
Said, "It's nature versus...legislature."
- Zimmerman really likes to do these. In "Romney Mitt, the Demon Barber of Wall Street":
Romney will slash, Romney will sever
Will Romney ever apologise - not really,
- From Acid Bath's "Paegan Love Song":
- From the Bob and Tom Song "Snailman"
Sometimes he drives a big car,
Sometimes he drives a truck,
He knows you're in a hurry,
He doesn't give a darn
- Mitch Benn loves this trope:
- In "Apathy Song":
I really couldn't be bothered:
My mind was totally blank.
So I made myself a cup of tea,
Read the paper, had a w-alk in the park.
- In "Boy Band":
And we've already had a hit,
And you're listening to it,
And I'm sure you think it sh-ould be number one already!
- Another one from a song he performed on The Now Show:
You gave us digital and satellite,
You never said they would be sh-ockingly bad!
- And from "Tabloid Journalists":
They'd exploit any tragedy that makes them a buck,
And if it makes things worse they don't give a f...
..Or your own protection you'd better beware,
There are tabloid journalists everywhere.
- And again in a song about the return of amusingly deformed vegetables, and what this might mean for Esther Rantzen (who spent the 70s and 80s anchoring a show that featured them heavily):
She knows very well she had the easiest job,
Just holding up a parsnip that looked just like a kno .. ughty thing!
- And again in "David Cameron Said Tw..", at the end of every verse (except the last one which just bleeps it out).
- And yet again in "We Love Our NHS":
We heard your stories, we're here to bring the missing bit,
And if you're losing your own argument, could just be you're full of shanana da da da da naa
- And once more with feeling:
Are you having a happy Christmas?
Just exactly how happy is it?
On a scale of one to ten
where one is great and ten is sh-ockingly bad
- And his anti-English Defence League song "There Are Things Worth Rioting About":
Now they want to ration visits to your own GP,
It's the latest brainwave from Jeremy Hunt,
You might want to look at your priorities,
Or are you just a band of stupid racist cos there are things worth rioting about right now...
- "Budget Air" is interesting because the subverted rhyme isn't obvious. In the version on the album Broken Strings, the phrase "budget air" is used to refer to the airline, but if you think about it, the internal rhymes in the line "Ain't no use in cryin' when you're flyin' budget air" would be even better if the line was "Ain't no use in cryin' when you're flyin' Ryanair". Which is what it was when the song was originally performed on The BBC consumer programme Watchdog.
- And, of course, "Call Me During Doctor Who And I'll Kill You":
Call me during Doctor Who and I'll kill you
Sixteen years I've been waiting for this
Call me during Doctor Who and I'll kill you
Don't even think about ringing just to take the—call me during Doctor Who and I'll kill you!
- Comedy artist Worm Quartet performed "Spatula", with multiple instances of the approaching mention of male genitalia being the cue for the chorus of "Spatula, spatula, spatula..."
- Tom Lehrer uses this trope in a few of his songs.
- It's parodied in The Folk Song Army (along with just about every other folk song trope).
The tune don't have to be cle-ver,
And it don't matter if you put a couple extra syllables into a line.
It sounds more ethnic if it ain't good English,
And it don't even gotta rhyme.
Excuse me, rine.
- An even better example occurs in "My Home Town", where Tom Lehrer replaces an entire line with "I'd better leave this line out just to be on the safe side" or "We're recording tonight, so I'll have to leave this line out", depending on which recording you're listening to (the former for the original studio recording, the latter for a later live performance). The really funny thing about this particular example is that there is no line to leave out. Try as he might, Tom Lehrer couldn't come up with anything that actually rhymed and that sounded better than simply suggesting that there was a line, but he wasn't allowed to include it.
- To provide some context, the entire song is a cheerful ditty about all the charming folks in his home town...and about how unspeakably, amorally depraved each one is. The elided line would have described some secret involving "That fellow...who taught our Sunday School", and "our kindly Parson Brown." Remember, back then it really was the love that dared not speak its name.
- They Might Be Giants' "Kiss Me, Son Of God:"
Now you're the only one here
Who can tell me if it's true,
That you love me,
And I love me.
- This is debatable, but I think they set up "exploited working class" to rhyme with "kiss my ass", but instead used "kiss me, son of god." If you know the song title, you can see this one coming.
- Also in "Number 3", then averted on the third line.
A rich man once told me "Hey, life's a funny thing."
A poor man once told me that he can't afford to speak.
Now I'm in the middle, like a bird without a beak...
- Fred Wedlock's 'Handier Household Help' [to name but one of his comic songs to do this]
And you can bung it down the toilet. You can spread it down your halls.
You can buy it in pint canisters for putting on your...banisters.
It removes the stains from carpet, the blemishes from glass,
Keeps your radio free from static. It will fumigate your...attic. (And so on...)
- In Draco and the Malfoys' "Potions Yesterday":
We were teamed up in duelling class/But no one else believed that I could knock you on your bum
- Sometimes inverted in concert.
- From Deirdre Flint's Cheerleader:
A cheerleader might not have her GED but she's pursuing one.
A cheerleader might not be a CEO but she'll be...dating one.
- The Arrogant Worms are often miscredited with The Assumption Song (see above). Although they never recorded that song, they have pulled this trope with I Pulled My Groin:
I pulled my groin, I pulled my groin
It hurts me when I skate, but not when I master...hills
- The pirate-themed band The Jolly Rogers have recorded a song called "The Clean Song" (possibly NSFW) whose lyrics consist entirely of this trope, except for the very end.
- In the same vein is a supposed "Old English Folk Song", sung here by Bob Saget.
- Bat For Lashes' version of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire":
Sometimes it's like someone took a knife, baby, edgy and blunt
And cut a six-inch valley through the middle of my...soul
- Used twice in the Bowling for Soup song "99 Biker Friends" which is insulting an un-named abusive boyfriend that titular biker friends and the band wish to beat up. The first time it was played straight:
Such a big man
Such a little chick
I think it all
Goes back to your tiny...pick up truck
- The second time was very much subverted:
Tell her that you're sorry
Blame it on the beer
Your dad was mean to you
Your friends think you're...an asshole.
And I do too
For your small shoe
- The profanity-ducking version is subverted by The Pogues in "The Old Main Drag":
One evening as I was lying down by Leicester Square
I was picked up by the coppers and kicked in the balls
- The ending of Peter Gabriel's "Big Time":
Big time, my belly's getting bigger
Big time, and my bank account
Big time, look at my circumstance
Big time, and the bulge in my big big big big big big big big big big big big big big big.
- Genesis pulled this to neat effect in "Land of Confusion". The rhyme of the first couplet in the refrain suggests exactly the opposite of the word used in the second:
This is the world we live in
And these are the hands we're given
Use them and let's start trying
To make it a place worth living in
- Another obscenity free example comes from "I Wish I was a Hudson" by...ummmm...the Hudsons.
...Where I'd quickly learn the system,
Start giving good advice
I'd drink a barrel of whiskey
And I'd eat my beans and...maybe some cornbread. Maybe some cornbread!
- From the Dead Milkmen
My Baby drives...a truck
My Baby sure is...good luck
My Baby has a...pet duck
My Baby is a heck of a f...friend
- In the song "Rehab Center for Fictional Characters"
Tony the Tiger:Every day I wake up
And I get to work late
My boss says "Hey whats up"
And I say that I'm Grrrrrrrrrrrrrowing tired of this shit
- By the same artist, My Whole Family
My whole family thinks I'm gay
I guess it's always been that way
Maybe it's 'cause of the way I walk
That makes them think that I like...boys
- Also by Bo Burnham, Sunday School
Did you know that Satan wears a cape
Made out of a rainbow flag?
And did you know that Jesus hates abortions
Unless the kid was a f- Jew?
We'll love him and raise him, till he finally leaves us
What should we name him? How about Adolf.
- For reference, here is (one version) of 'Miss Susie', which originated as a jump-rope rhyme:
Miss Susie had a steamboat
The steamboat had a bell
Miss Susie went to Heaven
The steamboat went to
Please give me number nine
And if you disconnect me,
I'll paddle your
Behind the refrigerator
There was a piece of glass
Miss Susie sat upon it and broke her little
Ask me no more questions
Tell me no more lies
The boys are in the girls' room
Pulling down their
flies are in the city
bees are in the park
Miss Susie and her boyfriend
Are kissing in the
[fast] DARK, DARK, DARK
Dark is like a movie
A movie's like a show
A show is like a TV screen
And that is all I know
I know I know my mother
I know I know my pa
I know I know my sister
With the alligator bra!
- A somewhat similar nursery rhyme-type song:
Three little angels, all dressed in white
Trying to get to heaven on the end of a kite
The kite string broke and down they all fell
Instead of going to heaven, they all went to
Two little angels...(This continues on until the end of 'one little angel'.)
Don't get excited
Don't lose your head
Instead of going to heaven
They all went to bed.
- Another kids' song, to the tune of "If You're Happy And You Know It":
His name was Nobby Hall, Nobby Hall
His name was Nobby Hall, Nobby Hall
His name was Nobby Hall, and he only had one...finger
His name was Nobby Hall, Nobby Hall
He went to rob a bank, and he stopped to have a...sandwich
The copper he came quick, and they caught him by his...elbow
The judge's name was Annie, and she had a hairy...head
- A no-obscenity version for subtle emphasis in "Mad World":
All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
- The Magnetic Fields' "Fido, Your Leash Is Too Long" does this twice:
You scare me out of my wits
When you do that Shih Tzu
- Also by the Magnetic Fields, "I'd Go Anywhere With Hugh":
I love Hugh
and Hugh loves you
you love me
and he does... not
- Digital Underground's "Doowutchyalike"
Homegirls, for once, forget you got class,
See a guy you like: just grab 'im in the biscuits!
- From the same song:
If you're hungry, then get yourself something to eat
And if you're dirty, then go take a bath.
Messed up the line? Nope - sometimes I don't rhyme.
- "The Freckle Song" contains several instances, including
She's like my Nellie
From her head down to her...elbow.
- And then there's:
She was born in Hackensack
she made a fortune on her...career!
- And, of course, there's:
She drinks until she gets plastered
She gets drunker than...my brother!
- Julie Brown's comedy song "I Like Them Big and Stupid":
I met a guy, who drives a truck
He can't tell time but he sure can drive
- Bowser and Blue's "Polkadot Undies" is entirely built on this trope, and it even lampshades it in the last verse.
The moral of this story, like a jewel it is gleamin'.
But you'll never find it in a glass of warm...
Milk or tea, 'cause it will not fit,
And you probably already think I am full of...
Vague innuendos and double-meanin' rhymes.
But I'll tell you that obscenity is all in your...
- Alanis Morissette, in a show of support, altered the lyrics of her song "Ironic" to:
It's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife,
It's like meeting the man of my dreams...and meeting his beautiful new husband.
- Lampshaded in Pink Floyd's "Cymbaline":
The path you tread is narrow and the trumpets sheer and very high
the ravens all are watching from a vantage point nearby
apprehension creeping like a tube train up your spine
will the tight rope reach the end, will the final couplet rhyme?
- The final couplet of the song, of course, is the only one which doesn't rhyme.
- Subverted by comedian Brian Posehn's "Metal By Numbers" which sets up a obscene rhyme, only to replace it with another word, that means the same thing.
It's metal by numbers!
it's not arithmetic!
they both can suck my...penis
- Done in one of Jib Jab's 'Year in Review' songs, where the lyrics cut to the same word, only in a different context.
Global market meltdowns,
A bailout by the Fed
Fanny, Freddy, AIG and Lheman crapped the Bed
lam in Afghanistan
The Big Three self-destruct
Jessie Jackson threatened to cut off Obama's Nut
jobs made a bigfoot
And Spitzer's friend turned tricks
Duchovny went to rehab 'coz he couldn't control his Dick
needed a kickstart, the US needed gas Harry
showed the world his wand and Miley
showed her As
k me any question, I'll give it to you straight
For your sake kid I sure do hope '09 ain't like '08
- "Flavor of the Month" by Black Sheep:
Just a brown fellow
Who's not afraid of Jello
To the people of the world
I would like to say G'day
- Tally Hall presents a pseudo-example of this for a blink-and-you'll-miss-it gag in the song "Haiku":
I've never thought much of formulaic verse anyway
And rhymes are not my forte. [correctly pronounced as "fort"]
- From "Backdoor Lover", the song-within-a-band-within-a-movie from Josie and the Pussycats (wherein the title is a metaphor for both secret affairs and, ah, "unorthodox" sexual relations):
Some people use the front door
But that's never been my way
Just 'cause I slip in back doors,
Well, that doesn't make me...hey!
- Multiply double-subverted in Anthrax's song "I'm the Man":
"Drink the drinks, the drinks they drank
I put my money in the bank
They cut their crack, they offer joints
We don't do drugs, do you get our..."
"Point! Point! Watch the beat!"
- A lovely little song entitled Sweet Violets does this trope for the entirety of the song. A snippet:
There once was a farmer who took a young miss
behind the barnyard and gave her a lecture
on gooses and chickens and eggs
and told her she had the most beautiful manners
that suited a girl of her charm
a girl that he'd like to take up in his washing and ironing
and then if she did
then they could get married and raise lots of sweet violets!
- The aforementioned "Assumption Song" uses the same tune but this one's much cleaner!
- The Rick Moranis song "9 More Gallons" pulls this in the first two verses (the third verse has a similar subverted intent, but manages to rhyme anyway):
I work all day
To pay the rent
Before the money's earned
It's all been allocated
- And in the second:
Work all night
I'm always tired.
Hope my boss
Doesn't get me laid off.
- Brook Benton's "Boll Weevil Song":
The boll weevil said to the farmer
"Farmer, I'd like to wish you well"
Farmer said to the boll weevil
"Yeah, and I wish that you went...lookin' for a home..."
- Fairly common in the song Oh, You'll Never Go To Heaven:
Oh you'll never go to heaven on a blade of grass,
'Cos a blade of grass will cut your leg.
Oh you'll never go to heaven in a portaloo,
'Cos a portaloo is full of water.
- Amateur Transplants' "Beautiful Song", to the tune of James Blunt's "You're Beautiful", tells the story of a young boy and his middle-aged best friend:
Your name is Clive, and you're forty-five
But you don't let that come between us
And you make me hold your hand.
- The Pixies' "Vamos":
They'll come and play
Their friends will say
Your daddy's rich
Your mama's a pretty thing
- The Violent Femmes' "Gimme The Car", where the profane rhymes are suddenly interrupted by guitar slides:
Come on dad, I ain't no runt
Come on girl, gimme your- * sproing*
- Every verse of "The Air Is Getting Slippery" by Primus ends on one of these:
Now if you want an encore
You might hear "Is It Luck?"
'Cause I don't give a-
Forgive me if I hesitate
- Also from Primus; Mr Knowitall
They call me Mr. Knowitall
I am so eloquent.
Perfection is my middle name
And whatever rhymes with eloquent.
- "Please Play This Song On The Radio" by NoFX (Written as 'rhyme' but pronounced another way):
Almost every line in sung in time
Almost every verse ends in a rim
- "Stutter Rap" by Morris Minor and the Majors uses this well in two separate ways:
And it breaks my heart that we're not on the chart
'cause the record's nearly over when the vocals start
And I'm down and out, and I'm down on my luck
And I'm livin' on my own and I'm dying for a f-riend to say "You're great!"
But I'm under the hammer
'cause all I seem to do is s-s-s-st—
If the A-side makes a hit
We don't care if this is missed
'Cause the sonner we get finished
The sooner we get home
This is a disco hit,
And writing four every week is our own claim to fame,
Though they may be sh....ure to get you dancing,
No-one seems to mind that they all sound the same.
- Tim Wilson did a comedy sketch called "Love Songs for Losers" in which he offered fake clips from love songs for people with very un-sexy names. One of them had the lyric:
Chuck, Chuck, Chuck, Chuck
I think she finally wants to fffffffffforget about yesterday.
- In the song "Into Your Arms" by The Maine, the first few lines go as follows:
There was a new girl in town
She had it all figured out.
And I'll state something rash,
She had the most amazing...smile.
I bet you didn't expect that,
But she made me change my ways...
- The Transplants actually subvert this trope with "Gangsters and Thugs":
The world is mine, no limit I can do it
Every drama in life I've been through it
Even if I had it good and I blew it
Regret nothing I move on and say fuck it
- From L'America, by The Doors;
''C'mon, people, don't you look so down
You know the rainman's comin' to town
He'll change your weather, change your luck
And then he'll teach you how to...find yourself!''
- Many Country Music songs subvert a rhyme to "ass": "Honky Tonk Attitude" by Joe Diffie, "You Ain't Much Fun" by Toby Keith, "Men" by The Forester Sisters, etc. Diffie uses a "well", and the other two use a "yeah". Also in Jo Dee Messina's "I'm Alright", she just doesn't say the word at all: "Been on top of the world and off on our…" When Phil Vassar (who wrote the song) did his own rendition for a Greatest Hits Album, he sang "asses."
- Chad Brock's "Lightning Does the Work" takes it a step further:
I've seen lightning blow a cypress tree in half
The thunder's busy talkin', and lightning's kickin'...(thunderclap)
- Another Country Music example from Blaine Larsen's "Chillin'":
I'm talkin' jet skis and inner tubes
Pretty girls with big ol'...blue eyes
- And yet another, from "The Truth About Men" by Tracy Byrd:
If you wanna know what we're all thinkin'
It's nothin' too complex
Just somethin' cold for drinkin'
And a whole lotta S-E-yeah, that's the truth about men...
- Little Texas gets the most brazen award for country songs that subvert a rhyme to "ass" here...not completing the rhyme, in the chorus, and then using said non-completion as the title of their song, in "Kick a Little". (Though you might not know it because they set it up to rhyme with "last".
- Chico Buarque, Brazilian musician, once used this in his song "Cálice". This song was a heavy protest against the military dictatorship that occupied Brazil back then. The subverted rhyme was a way of Getting Crap Past the Radar, making it a rare non-comedic example. Being such a serious and powerful song, most people appreciate the subtlety. AND it actually rhymes better this way. Yes, Chico is a genius!! It's also unusual in that the substituted part is before the part it is supposed to rhyme (he substituted the word puta, that means bitch or whore, for the word outra, other).
De que me vale ser filho da santa
Melhor seria ser filho da outra
Outra realidade menos morta
Tanta mentira, tanta força bruta
- I kinda did a translation for English-speaking people, sorry if it's bad, Cálice is very hard to translate.
What's the worth of being son of the saint
Would be better being son of the other
Another reality, less dead
So many lies, so much brute force
- Also from Brazil, but comedic: "Julieta" is a raunchy succession of those. For one easy to translate:
I know a girl called Dorothea,
She is very sick, she's got...a cold
- Mr. Brown by Glow:
Yes, Mr. Brown just doesn't look as if he's rich
Cause all the money he earns goes directly in the bank
- The Lonely Island inverts using this trope for censorship in "We Like Sportz."
Single, double, triple, home run
For the celebration I'll shoot my gun
I like my friend, he's a real guy's guy
He's not a loudmouth like that cunthole, Steve!
- Which is in fact a reference another example in an older song, "Just 2 Guyz": ''I like playing games in the pool/Who invited Steve? That dude's a cunt!"
- Similarly in "Natalie's Rap" (featuring Natalie Portman):
When I was in Harvard I smoked weed every day
I cheated every test and snorted all the yay
I gotta def posse, you gotta bunch of dudes
I'll sit right down on your face and take a shit!
- "A Boy Named Sue" by Johnny Cash.
I got all choked up and I threw down my gun
And I called him my pa, and he called me his son
And I came away with a different point of view
And I think about him, now and then
Every time I try and every time I win
And if I ever have a son, I think I'm gonna name him...Bill or George! Anything but Sue! I still hate that name!
- Del Tha Funkee Homosapien's "What Is A Booty?" includes:
On behalf of my behind
I feel it is my duty to my booty
To be head of the class
When it comes to...butts
- Some of the alternate verses to "Old Time Religion" play with this, but specifically lampshaded in:
I will worship the great god Loki,
he's the Norse god of chaos
that's why this verse doesn't have any meter or rhyme scheme or anything like that
and that's good enough for me.
- "If You Can't Smoke It, Kick It to Death":
They may tell you it's only their job,
But they love it every bit,
So when they say it's not their way they're talking a lot of hypocrisy
They hate you!
- Most iterations of the chorus to A Tribe Called Quest's "Ham N' Eggs" do use the expected rhyme ("Not at all"), but towards the end of the song it's momentarily switched to:
I don't eat no ham n' eggs
Cuz they're high in cholesterol
Afrika do you eat 'em? No.
Pos, do you eat 'em?
Hell yeah, all the time!
- Also "Can I kick it", 'hair' is forced to rhyme with everything else, but not 'wear' or 'air'
Make a note on the rhythm we gave ya
Feel free, drop your pants, check your ha-ir
Do you like the garments that we wear?
I instruct you to be the obeyer
A rhythm recipe that you`ll savor
Doesn`t matter if you`re minor or major
Yes, the tribe of the game, rhythm player
As you inhale like a breath of fresh air
- Dream Theater's "As I Am". Might not be intentional, but it works anyway. The phrase seems like it should be "You cannot touch the way I roll"
You're thinking too much
Where is your soul?
You cannot touch the way I
Or tell me what to say
- Toy Matinee's "Turn it on Salvador" contains this. Quoted directly from the lyrics insert:
Even tied, eggs you fried, out of luck
What the [some 15th century German word]
[some 15th century German word]
- This may render the lyrics impossible for anyone to sing ever again, since the singer/main songwriter died, others might not remember the word, and it is incomprehensibly slurred and trailing-off; it sounds a tiny bit similar to "squawk."
- "Chippy Tea" by The Lancashire Hotpots:
Her inspiration's Ready Steady Cook
Am I eating it? Am I...It's Friday night, I want a chippy tea!
- "I Met a Girl on MySpace" is even better:
It were from a lass in Lancashire
, her page had loads of hits
I saw the pictures in her profile, she had absolutely massive too-ra-loo-ra-aye!
She said she had no transport, so a lift she'd cadge
And if I played my cards right, I'd get to feel her too-ra-loo-ra-aye!
- In Eric Bogle's "Introduction Song", in which the members of the band introduce themselves, the bass player gets this:
I play electric bass,
With an educated thumb,
If you think my face is hairy,
- of Montreal's "My Favorite Boxer":
Hector Ormano is my favorite boxer.
He goes smasho and everyone cheers.
He turns big men into whimpering cowards.
He's so strong and...how I adore him.
- Then there is the Emilie Autumn version of the popular "Miss Lucy" song- here's just a part of it. (The rest can be found here.
Miss Lucy had some leeches
Her leeches liked to suck
And when they drank up all her blood
She didn't give a
- Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden with "Big Fat John" (Prescott, that is):
He came from Hull, he was true grit.
He was full of hope and he was full of integrity.
- Played straight in Bob Rivers' A Visit From Saint Nicholson:
And a stiff drink for Mommy in a nice tall glass
She could really use something to kill that bug up her chimney
- The bridge of Rin Barton's Favorite Tiny Cat has this:
Everything that happens, I know it's just bad luck
Even when I get home to find you've managed to poop on the wall, how did you even do that, what the fff-
-favorite tiny cat, you're my favorite tiny cat...
- "Almost Easy" by Avenged Sevenfold:
I feel insane
Every single time
I'm asked to compromise
'Cause I'm afraid
And stuck in my ways
And that`s the way it stays
Pulses though my heart
From the things I`ve done to you
It`s hard to face
But the fact remains that
This is nothing new
- Barenaked Ladies' "It's All Been Done":
If I put my fingers here
And if I say "I love you, dear"
And if I play the same three chords
Will you just yawn and say, "oh —
It's all been done"
- Johnny Horton's "The Battle of New Orleans":
Old Hickory said we could take 'em by surprise
If we didn't fire our muskets 'til we looked 'em in the eye
We held our fire 'til we seed their faces well
Then we opened up our squirrel guns and really gave 'em — well...
- Frank Zappa's "Father O'Blivion" has a rather prolonged one:
He was looking rather bleary
He forgot to watch the clock
'Cause the night before behind the door
A leprechaun had stroked, yes...
The night before behind the door
A leprechaun had stroked (he stroked it!)
The night before behind the door
A leprechaun had stroked his...
Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhh - stroked his smock!
- Harry Chapin's "W.O.L.D." serves up a mild variation of this, only with the "offending" word replaced with the thump of a drum rather than a different word:
There's a tire around my gut
From sittin' on my (* thump* )
- And then there's Wodega, which is an entire song built on this.
- Jon Lajoie's rap parody "I Kill People" manages to rhyme most of the time, however awkward and beige they may be. But when he decides to praise his own lines, well...read it and see.
- The last verse of "The Games People Play":
Look around tell me what you see
What's happening to you and me?
God grant me the serenity,
To remember who I am.
Cause you're giving up your sanity,
For your pride and your vanity,
Turn your back on humanity,
And you don't give a da da-da da-da...
- Simon and Garfunkel's "The Boxer"
I am just a poor boy,
Though my story's seldom told.
I have squandered my resistance
For a pocket full of mumbles, such are promises.
- Lady Gaga's song LoveGame:
I can see you staring there from across the block
With a smile on your mouth and your hand on your HUH!
Let's have some fun, This beat is sick
I wanna take a ride on your disco stick
- The song "Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale" by Love uses an interesting variation of this. The last line of every stanza always trails off before a rhyme, but the word you'd expect to go there is then used as the first word of the next stanza. Thus:
What is happening, and how have you been?
Gotta go, but I'll see you again
And oh, the music is so loud
And then, I fade into the...
Crowds of people standing everywhere
'Cross the street I'm at the slop affair
- "Don't Forget To Remember" by TV's Kyle includes one:
Perhaps I'll look beneath the couch
Perhaps I'll look behind the corn
Or in my closet in the back
Behind the questionable periodicals
For all the hipster boys and girls
- From "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" by Big & Rich:
I'm a thoroughbred
That's what she said
In the back of my truck bed
As I was getting
Buzzed on suds
- "Check Yes Juliet", by We The Kings, starts thus:
Check yes Juliet, are you with me
Rain keeps falling down on the sidewalk
- Another subverted rhyme to add emphasis to the lyrics is in Yoko Ono's "I Felt Like Smashing My Face in a Clear Glass Window"
I never had a chance to choose my own parents
I never know why I should be stuck with mine
Mommy's always trying not to eat
And daddy's always smelling like he's pickled in booze
- Done acappella with mermaids here. In the final verse, the subverted-rhyme scheme is itself subverted:
And when they were done with old Triton’s fair daughter B:
They dropped her exhausted back into the water A:
For each man on board had had a long stay with her B:
In which time the sailors... (B puts hand over A's mouth to forestall interruption) B:
...had all had their way with her A:
Only because she said it was okay with her
- Oded Gross's "Song That Doesn't Rhyme" is built on this trope:
This is a song I wrote, it's a song that doesn't rhyme.
'Cause I was in a hurry, and I didn't have the...patience.
- The Zambonis do it in their hockey rock song Play to Win.
Well you and me
We make a pretty good team
So let's go melt some ice
If you know what I mean
You grab my stick
I'll grab your puck
Feels so good
Baby, let's play to win
- It may actually be unintentional, but the single stanza of The Ramones' "It's A Long Way Back":
You, by the phone
You, all alone
It's a long way back to Germany
It's a long way back to Germany
- The expected rhyme being "home".
- There's this bit from Ludo's Rotten Town:
Heigh, heigh, yo-ho
O're the Atlantic we go
Drinkin' 'till we all get sick,
And comin' up with limericks
But we never quite remember how they end
- The rap group Insane Clown Posse never blush at spewing filthy language, so they usually don't employ this trope. But, ironically, they do use it in an unexpected way in the opening verse of "The Headless Boogie":
It's Friday night
Lonely walkin' through the park
And it's foggy
Cold and smoggy
I hear a dog
A how-a-lin' doggy
Shoulda brought my shotgun
But I ain't got one
So I watch my back
Hey, what's that?
A dirty old hunchback
I'd better run!
He's comin' for my ass with a shovel (instead of "pick")!
- From Angelspit's "Kill Kitty"
I am the fire
You use me to light the gas.
You are the paper
I use you to wipe my.
- Double subverted by "Down in a Ditch" by Joe Diffie:
I'm runnin' this shovel way down in a ditch
When you're down in a ditch, it's a son of a gun
Every fool knows you'll never get rich
When you're down in a ditch in the Tennessee sun.
- Jo Dee Messina's "I'm Done" subverts the rhyme because, if the word were there, it'd throw the meter off:
Oh, you had to scratch that itch
You deserve what you get, yeah, you and that…
Walkin' around, talk of the town...
- "One More Drinkin' Song" by Jerrod Niemann:
And here's to bartenders tryin' to get paid
While the rest of us are tryin' to get... (guitar note)
Hey hey hey, what's so wrong
With one more drinkin' song...
- A rather odd case in The Cave, by Mumford and Sons.
But I will hold on hope
And I won't let you choke
On the noose around your neck
- Capitol Steps, "Sound Off":
Sergeant: Tell that mean Iraqi nut—
Chorus: Tell that mean Iraqi nut!
Sergeant: We will never kiss his—
Man (breaking rhythm): Whoa, Sarge! Never say never.
- Inverted in Warren Zevon's "Genius".
There's a face in every window of the Songwriters' Neighborhood
Everybody's your best friend when you're doing well...I mean good
- "I Want Your Socks", a parody of George Michael's "I Want Your Sex" by Mark Jonathan Davis (before he became Richard Cheese), has:
Socks are thin and socks are thick
You can even wear one on your...hand.
- Sykotik Sinfoney's "Manic Depresso", best known for its use in b-movie Bad Channels:
Grandma knits me a great big sweater
My little life can't get no better
Life's so happy and full of joy
I'm lying, it really sucks!
- Aerosmith's "Dude Looks Like A Lady" has a variation, setting up one obvious rhyme (given the subject matter) but then rhyming with a different word instead.
Love put me wise
To her love in disguise
She had the body of a Venus
Lord, imagine my surprise!
- Carcass' "Don't Believe a Word" has this few verses:
- Tom Smith's song have several instances.
- Los Campesinos!' "Baby I Got the Death Rattle"
And I chewed my only necktie from the metal frame of my bed
Where I tied your wrists together spent all night giving oh you get the message don't you?
- The Charlie Daniels Band's "Uneasy Rider" has this piece:
I called up the station down the road a-ways
He said he wasn't very busy today
And he could have someone out there in just about ten minutes or so
He said, "Now you just stay right where you're at,"
And I didn't bother to tell the durn fool
That I sure as hell didn't have any place else to go
- And of course, there is the chorus line for "Last Kiss" by J. Franklin Wilson and the Cavaliers:
Well, where oh where can my baby be?
The Lord took her away from me
She's gone to heaven, so I've got to be good
So I can see my baby when I leave this world
- "Hot Problems" by Double Take.
They see my blonde hair, blue eyes and class
But they don't know I have a really big heart
- Soul Junk's "3PO Soul":
Got kicked off the lectern at a worship song summit
My hymns all plummet cuz church ladies still can't hum it
But the kingdom of God, yeah I'm from it
Man's religion gave me a fake red light so I'm a have to WOOP WOOP WOOP
- Ben Champion's "That Autocorrect Song" has a few examples, with the gag being that the lines were supposed to rhyme before his phone's autocorrect function got in the way:
This song is one long apology, I admit...
This phone is a fluffing piece of shut
- From "Moves Like Frogger" by Insane Ian:
To zig zag through trucks, I'm trying my luck
I don't give a... crap
- Dave Matthews uses this to add a little extra tragedy to "Gravedigger":
Little Mikey Carson, 'sixty-seven to 'seventy-five
He rode his bike like the devil until the day he died
When he grows up he wants to be
Mr. Vertigo on the flying trapeze
Oh, nineteen forty to nineteen ninety... TWO!
- From the Norwegian song ÆØÅ, AKA Size Matters:
We got twenty-nine letters
You only got twenty-six
Let's see how big you are
When you suck our fucking...vowels
- "I'm Keeping Your Poop" by Hayseed Dixie, a Bluegrass band that usually does covers.
You thought you took everything
but you left something behind for me.
I scooped it out, I bottled it up,
and now it's there on the stand on the bed to remind me
in case I ever forget
you're just a piece of... poop.
- "When You Wish Upon a Death Star" by the great Luke Ski has:
Luke: I wanna be a Jedi Master,
And get my ship out of that ditch.
Yoda: Well, do or do not, there is no try,
And stop being such a whiny apprentice. Hoo hoo hoo...
- The Dutch comedian André Van Duin in his song "I don't have my day today" goes through a whole list of bad stuff, including the following line that works the same in Dutch as in English:
Did you fall through the floor,
Is your sis playing ... mandolin.
- "What Would Jesus Do", by musical comedy grip The Axis Of Awesome.
Did you rise from the dead?
And did you give your life up
To save humans from bad luck?
Were you born of virgin birth,
Or did your parents just... have sex?
- Huey Lewis and the News: One of their many hits, The Heart of Rock and Roll, invokes the trope towards the end of the second verse:
When they play their music, that hard rock music.
They back it with a lot of flash.
But it's still that same ol' back beat rhythm
that really, really kicks them in the...
(The expected rude rhyme "ass" is never sung, and the song goes to the chorus instead.)
- Ida Maria plays with it in Cherry Red
I'm gonna be your girl tonight
I'm gonna make you apple pie
I'm gonna wear my cherry red
I'm gonna give you lotsa
- The line cuts off and goes straight into the next verse in the chorus which repeats the last two lines, but adds "room in bed" to the end.
- Note that due to her accent, 'tonight' and 'pie' actually do rhyme and are not examples of this trope.
- The Poxy Boggards have a rather explicit song called "Hey Nonny Nonny" that incorporates this trope, both with one part of the group oversinging the other at a crucial word, or simply changing the expected word. The chorus, as an example of the second variety, goes:
Be they ugly or unsightly
or just plain make you sick.
Every girl is pretty
with her lips wrapped 'round your...
Hey Nonny Nonny
Hey Nonny Nonny
Hey Nonny Nonny
Hey Hey Hey
- In Taco's "Tribute to Tino," he described Valentino thus:
He ruled the golden silent screen
He haunted millions in their dreams
His memory lives on till today
Some even say that he was lonely
- "Shame" by The Avett Brothers:
The truth be known, the truth be told
My heart was always fairly cold
Posing to be as warm as yours
My way of getting in your world
- "The Tale of King Arthur as Told by a Redneck" by Danny Birt has:
Well, Arthur Pendragon was a good ol' boy
He roamed the wild woods on the island of Britain.
He killed boars and deers with bows and arrows.
He'd wipe his butt with grass when he was done shi—you know, takin' a dump.
- Flash and the Pan, "The Opera Singers" (complete with rhetorical pause):
You think you're sitting pretty, your fingers on the brass
And you stand there looking silly with your finger in your...glass
- Gratuituous German example by Hubert Kah:
Hier spricht Captain Kemmler
aus jedem deutschen Sender
mit seinem Riesen...JAGAGAGAGAGAGA! note
- "Captain Hampton and the Midget Pirates!" by The Aquabats!:
Now seven weeks into the trip
And Jim was sick to the death
Of being sick
Some kind of action he wanted
As he searched the seas
For every day was the same old... stuff
The night he felt like jumping ship
But then he heard a crash
Hit the starboard side of the ship
And dumped him out of his bunk
Onto his bottom
- The Cure's "Doing The Unstuck" - though there is a rhyme in this stanza, it's not on the word you might expect:
It's a perfect day for doing the unstuck
For dancing like you can't hear the beat
And you don't give a further thought
To things like feet
- Kacey Musgraves, "Follow Your Arrow":
If you save yourself for marriage, you're a bore
If you don't save yourself for marriage, you're a whore-able person
- Musical comedian Stephen Lynch does this in his song about how much he loves black women:
Just don't take it personally, this is no attack
But we will never last because I am white, and you are...also white
- Trout Fishing In America does this in their song "Why I Pack My Lunch," which is about exaggeratedly terrible cafeteria food:
Good food's rare as Halley's comet
This stuff makes me want to... Leave the table
- From the Travis Shredd song "Smoove Flava":
Looky merfdog, back behind the keys
Growlin' like a demon, bring ya to your knees
He plays the purty piano parts and drives a big ol' truck
Plus he really likes to... frolic
- From the Katy Perry song "Dark Horse" Featuring Jucy J:
Cause once you're mine
There's no goin' back!
- Subverted and then inverted by Cherry Ghost in the song "Bad Crowd"
Her brother's in the National Front
Thinks Martin Luther King is a c...ondescending, stupid old son-of-a-bitch
- From the Throwing Toasters song "The R.A. Song":
It was a shock to this poor fellow,
When the students went and filled his room up with red Jello.
And as if that didn't royally suck,
He then walked in on two students who were just starting to f...ffffeed their dog.
- Barnes & Barnes has these lyrics in the song I Hope She Dies.
My girlfriend left me a month ago.
I hope she gets hit by a truck.
She split and hurt my big ego.
Now there's no one to kiss.
- The Dutch band Doe Maar has a very famous one in the song "Pa" from their album Virus, where they sing Ik doe de dingen die ik doe/ met mijn ogen dicht, which translates as I do the things that I do/ with my eyes closed. Because of the word doe everyone expects the line to be met mijn ogen toe , but instead they use a synonym dicht.
- Meghan Trainor's "Dear Future Husband" has one it lampshades:
I'll be sleeping on the left side of the bed
Open doors for me and you might get some... kisses
Don't have a dirty mind, just be a classy guy
- Bitter:Sweet's song "Dirty Laundry" contains the following couplet:
I'll light a candle for good luck
Come on, baby—Let's... [heavy breathing] Oooooh...
- From the The Edlos song "Garbage Man":
Filthy refuse, I love it
Dirty diapers, full of... (Beat
- "Goethe war gut" by Rudi Carrell does this on absolutely every occasion in the verses to drive the point home that the narrator can't rhyme nearly as good as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe whom he worships.
- The Saxonian group Sachsendreier loved to do this many times on their album Sachsenlieder with quite bulky synomyms.