Redundancy: Music

  • Austin Lounge Lizards has a song called "Big Rio Grande River" made up of redundancies.
    In the pass they call El Paso back in 1921
    We saddled up and took a ride and ate a picnic lunch outside
    Beneath the firey inferno of a hot August sun
    Alone with me unchaperoned, a local Texas miss
    Yes lovely Linda was the girl, her brilliance brightened up my world
    While I was serving sadly at the fort that’s known as Bliss.
    We viewed a scenic vista in the valley far below
    We ate cheese quesadillas flanked by fragrant beef fajitas
    The insurgents were revolting in the streets of Mexico
    Suddenly to my surprise a sound came from my rear
    It was seventeen armed gunmen and plus one lone mounted horseman
    Who softly whispered, “Por favor, I’ll take the food and beer

    By sunrise it had dawned on me, she’d run off with the great Cabrito Kid
    His white mare, Caballo Blanca, would brave for him the blazing flames of hell
    And after each encounter, he would call his horse and mount her
    And they’d rear off with a stirring grito yell
    His gold tooth flashing in the sun, his song forever endless in my head

    Big Rio Grande River, it flows down to the sea
    Bringing back my memories of the past
    High up on Table Mesa, I feel her nearness close to me
    As the evening sun sets in the west

    The years have passed and gone, I’m now a wealthy billionaire
    The butler calls my club by phone, I dine there by myself alone
    And shiver in the coldness of my air-conditioned lair
    Looking back in retrospect, my life’s a trite cliché
    Chapters of past history keep echoing repeatedly
    They all come back except the girl who left and went away

    A phone bell rings, it’s Linda’s voice, she coos a warm hello (hello, hello, hello)
    Now I am thinking pensively, how we could live expensively
    So we arrange to meet up on the first floor down below
    As we leave the ATM machine she steps aside
    I hear, “Por favor, I’ll take the cash,” I turn and see a gold tooth flash
    Now side by side by side we sing together as we ride

    Big Rio Grande River, it flows down to the sea
    Bringing back my memories of the past
    High up on Table Mesa, I feel her nearness close to me
    As the evening sun sets
    As the evening sun sets
    As the evening sun sets in the west.
  • An English post-punk group exists called 'The The'.
  • Manowar's Dawn of Battle:
    I bring death and destruction
    to all that I now kill!
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic:
    Then we drive to the drive-thru!
    Heading off to the drive-thru!
    We're approaching the drive-thru!
    Getting close to the drive-thru!
    Almost there at the drive-thru!
    Now we're here at the drive thru!
    Here in line at the drive-thru!
    Did I mention the drive-thru?
  • "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight!" from the band Spinal Tap. First seen in the movie This Is Spinal Tap, which was about a band named Spinal Tap and included this song, which was named "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight!".
    • This song may actually have a real-life parody target in 1979's "Rock You Tonight" by British heavy metal band Marseille, phrased just slightly differently:
    I'm gonna rock you tonight!
  • Seminal punk rockers Ramones love this concept, which apparently come both from their influences in stripped-down, repetitive 60s garage rock as well as in how frontman/songwriter Joey Ramone had a real-life obsessive desire to repeat things.
    Beat on the brat!
    Beat on the brat!
    Beat on the brat with a baseball bat!
    Oh, yeah! Oh, yeah! Uh-oh!
    What can you do?
    What can you do?
    With a brat like that always on your back
    What can you do? (Lose?)
    • That's literally the entire song.
  • "I love college, I love drinking, I love women, and I love college!"
    • Which is Asher Roth's "I Love College".
  • Willy DeVille's Storybook Love for The Princess Bride.
    My love is like a storybook story.
    But it's as real as the feelings I feel.
    My love is like a storybook story.
    But it's as real as the feelings I feel;
    it's as real as the feelings I feel.
  • For that matter, Mink DeVille (the band that the aforementioned DeVille was in before he went solo and dropped the 'Mink'), touched on the same sort of thing before, including in his Signature Song "Spanish Stroll":
    Thinking that you’re such a lady killer
    Think you’re so slick!
  • DragonforceThrough the Fire and Flames.
  • Dir en greyKodoku ni Shisu, Yue ni Kodoku (I will die in loneliness, because I'm lonely)
  • The title song from Rodgers and Hammerstein's State Fair:
    It's dollars to doughnuts that our State Fair
    Is the best State Fair in our state!
    • While intended to be humorous, this is partially justified in that some states did in fact hold multiple regional "state fairs" in different regions within the state.
    • Not only that, but Illinois, the state which is the State of Illinois, has two State Fairs in different reagions within the state.
  • Jan Terri's "Losing You" has THREE examples, all of which combine with Captain Obvious and two of which are in one single verse. From the first verse:
    My heart is open like an open book
    And yours is closed.
    • And the entire second verse.
    Remember long walks, sandy beaches, all those swims together?
    We were like a merry-go-round going around in circles
    You said we'll always be together
    But you weren't telling the truth
  • Several Nirvana songs. "Aneurysm" from Incesticide is a good example.
  • "The Future Soon" by Jonathan Coulton has the line:
    I'll probably be some kind of scientist
    Building inventions in my space lab in space
  • Moonlight Shadow. "Four AM in the morning..."
  • During the narrated section in the middle of Rhapsodys Sacred Power of Raging Winds:
    Vankar: are a have betrayed me!
  • The Baka Song. Its lyrics consist solely of the word "baka" (idiot in english) being repeated over and over again.
    • Not true. It also contains specific descriptions of the ways in which Ranma (the subject of the song) is an idiot, as well as some other lyrics. Most of them refer to him as being an idiot.
  • Iron Maiden's "Mother of Mercy". "I'll die a lonely death, of that I'm certain of."
  • "The Drugs Song" by Amateur Transplants is a List Song which pays homage to Tom Lehrer's "The Elements" with drugs in place of elements. Many of the drugs are listed twice, either by their proprietary name and generic name, their slang name (amphetamine and speed) or, in the case of lithium, simply by the same word on two occasions.
  • Any Other World by Mika has "I tried to live alone, but lonely is so lonely alone."
  • "O Superman" by Laurie Anderson features the line "They're American planes, made in America".
    • However, if you encounter an American Fokker, it will be an American (owned) plane made in the Netherlands."
  • An example is in the Elton John song "Love Lies Bleeding" by Elton John which contains the lines:
    I wonder if those changes have left a scar on you
    Like all the burning hoops of fire that you and I passed through
    • Well, a burning ring can burn from having eaten a good bunch of jalapeno peppers the night before; it's not actually on fire, so the redundancy isn't. Maybe he had something like that in mind, but remembered in time that that line was already taken.
    • It should be noted that this is arguably an homage to Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire," itself an eminently worthy example of this trope. Many have joked that it would make a perfect Preparation H commercial.
    I fell into a burning ring of fire
    I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
    And it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire
    The ring of fire
  • No Air by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown has this.
    So how, do you expect me, to live alone with just me?
  • Number nine. Number nine. Number nine. Number nine. Number nine. Number nine. Number nine. Number nine...
  • ''Live and Let Die'' has a line saying: "But in this ever changing world in which we live in"
  • "Fatal Tragedy" by Dream Theater, also in its lyrics.
  • The Good Old Hockey Game by Stompin' Tom Conners:
    Oh! The good old hockey game'
    Is the best game you can name;
    And the best game you can name,
    Is the good old Hockey game!
  • Rock songs about the road are pretty redundant, and Tenacious D's song "The Road" exaggerates this for humorous effect:
    The road is f***in' hard,
    It's also really f***in' tough,
    There's no question that,
    It don't take no guff...
  • Tina Turner: "You're simply the best. Better than all the rest."
  • Disturbed: Their song The Curse gives us the line
    No hope for the hopeless
  • Queensr˙che: "It just started to hit me like a two-ton... heavy thing."
  • Erasure's "Always" opens with: "Open your eyes I see, your eyes are open."
  • KidCudi: "The lonely loner seems to free his mind at night..." Not technically redundant as being alone doesn't mean being lonely and vice versa, but it still sounds a little redundant when you listen to it.
    • Makes more sense in the original version, in which a lonely stoner frees his mind at night.
  • "Blackbirds" by Linkin Park: "I'm alone, on my own..."
  • Rick Astley hated doing music videos because "they're too repetitive" and "tend to repeat themselves." See the source here.
  • "Disarm" by The Smashing Pumpkins: "What I choose is my choice."
  • "Small Town" by John Cougar Mellencamp: "I cannot forget from where it is that I come from."
  • "Body and Soul" by The Manhattan Transfer: "That melodic melody."
  • Coheed and Cambria and "Apollo I: The Writing Writer".
  • "Not Afraid" by Eminem: "I'ma be what I set out to be, without a doubt undoubtedly!"
  • "World's Greatest Mom in the World" by Parry Gripp.
  • In Supersonik Elektronik there's "Above us, there is nothing above, but the stars...above!"
  • Eenie Meenie by Sean Kingston and Justin Bieber features the line "She's indecisive, she can't decide"
  • Tim Minchin's "Good Book": "the good book is a book, and it is good, and it's a book."
  • Kerry Livgren's "The Traveler" opens with "I began at the beginning..." and a later verse begins with "Now I have seen the far horizon, at the edge of what is known."
  • "Free Will" by Rush: "If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice."
  • Mitch Benn's List Song of everything that's awesome about The BBC has the "I Like X" variant (and he really does):
    You And Me, Me And You,
    Monty Python, Doctor Who!
    • Then later:
    Nationwide, Mr. Men,
    Doctor Who again,
    Radio 1, Radio 2,
    Did I mention Doctor Who?
  • Drake's "Forever" contains the verse "lil Wayne, that's what they gotta say or mention"
  • King Crimson in "Indiscipline" sorta subverts this: "I repeat myself when under stress; I repeat myself when under stress; I repeat myself when under stress . . ."
  • Not unlike Talking Heads in "Once in a Lifetime": "Same as it ever was; same as it ever was; same as it ever was; same as it ever was."
  • "If you didn't know that, well baby, now you know now."
  • "Only time will tell if we stand the test of time."
  • The first verse of "Meet James Ensor" by They Might Be Giants mentions "He lived with his mother / and the torments of Christ". The second verse remarks "He lived with his mother / and repeated himself".
    • "Older" has the lyrics "Time... is marching on / And time... is still marching on"
  • Lady Gaga's "Born this way" music video has this:
    Thus began the beginning of the new race.
  • The band "The Los Hermanos Brothers." (If you translate the Spanish, the name works out to "The The Brothers Brothers.")
  • Dutch singer Caro Emerald has an album titled "Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor".
  • Phish unites this with Captain Obvious:
    We've got cymbals
    'Cause we've got a band
    We've got cymbals in the band
  • Judas Priest's "Painkiller" contains the following lines:
    Faster than a bullet
    Terrifying scream
    Enraged and full of anger
    He's half man and half machine
  • George Thorogood and the Destroyers:
    I drink alone
    With nobody else
    And you know when I drink alone
    I prefer to be by myself
  • U2's "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of". Just the song title itself.
  • Everclear's "I Will Buy You A New Life":
    I will buy you a new car
    Perfect shiny and new
  • Los Amigos Invisibles' "Ponerte En Cuatro":
    ˇTe quito la vida y te mato! (I take your life away and kill you!)
  • Chicago's "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?":
    A man came up to me and asked me
    What the time was that was on my watch
  • America's "A Horse With No Name":
    The heat was hot
  • The Beach Boys' "Be True To Your School":
    I got a letterman's sweater
    With a letter in front
  • "T.N.T." by AC/DC:
    I'm dirty, mean and mighty unclean
  • The Rolling Stones' "Let It Bleed":
    But you knifed me in my dirty filthy basement
  • Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden made a song with lots of jokes about aging, including:
    My short-term memory's going
    And I'll tell you somethin' else
    My short-term memory's going
    And I'll tell you somethin' else...
  • Spartan Warrior's "Last Man Standing"
    I'll be the last man standing here
    I'll still be standing strong
    The last man standing
    I'll be the only one
  • The B-52s - "There's a moon in the sky - it's called The Moon!"
  • The Christmas carol "Hark the Herald Angels Sing". "Herald" and "Angel" both mean the same thing, messenger.
  • The Mississippi Sheiks song "Fingering with Your Fingers".
  • Iced Earth do this quite often, often combining it with Narm.
    • Nightmares:
    Nightmares! In The Night!
    • Mystical End
    For the one who shall deceive us is the one - AAAAAH!!!!
    • Reaching The End:
    Now I feel that I've reached the end
    And the end of my quest is close at hand
    What have I done
    I've reached the end
  • Stevie Nicks gets into the act:
    Just like the white-wing dove
    Sings a song sounds like she's singing
    • There's also "Crystal" by Buckingham Nicks (later re-recorded by Fleetwood Mac):
      Do you always trust your first initial feeling?
  • Lily Allen's "The Fear" begins:
    I wanna be rich
    And I want lots of money
  • Bon Jovi's "It's My Life":
    I just wanna live while I'm alive
  • The All-American Rejects' "The Wind Blows"
    Late nights when I sit up late,
  • Motorhead's "Killed by Death".
  • The Who "Face the Face" by Pete Townshend (from his solo album "White City") is that played straight or rather playing with? Verbing the noun is not completely redundant.
  • In !HERO: The Rock Opera, the name of the One World Order is I.C.O.N., which stands for International Confederation Of Nations.
  • Adam Ant's "Something Girls"
    Every girl is a something girl
    Every girl is a something girl
    Every girl is a something girl
    She's got something, she's got something
  • The opening lines of Black Sabbath 's son "War Pigs."
    Generals gathered in their masses
    Just like witches at black masses.
  • The band Math The Band have also played shows under the name Math The Band The Band. Justified because Math The Band and Math The Band The Band are different lineups of the same group: Math The Band is a duo, whereas Math The Band The Band adds four more members, and is therefor more properly a "band".
  • The credits to Rascal Flatts' 2014 album Rewind credit the production to "Rascal Flatts and Jay DeMarcus", even though he is one-third of Rascal Flatts.
  • "Welcome To The United States" on Frank Zappa's The Yellow Shark was based on the US Customs Card that most be filled in by persons entering the United States. As Zappa himself said in the liner notes:
    I couldn't believe that anybody would ask those questions and expect somebody to give honest answers to them. It just seemed like such a classic piece of governmental stupidity-first, that it exists, and second that people are forced to fill it out. Somewhere, there's a whole government machinery that has to deal with filled-out cards. It's so stupid. Since most of the people in the group were German, I know that when they came to the United States, they all had to fill these things out, and probably found it especially offensive.
  • From Beastie Boys's "So What'cha Want."
    Well I think I'm losing my mind, this time
    This time I'm losing my mind; that's right
    I said I think I'm losing my mind, this time
    This time, I'm losing my mind
  • Former Soul Coughing lead vocalist Mike Doughty lives this trope in his solo work; many songs repeat a word or two endlessly as part of the hook, while "Year of the Dog" repeats phrases within singular lines:
    And I'm listless and lost and I cry all the time
    Lost, and I cry all the time
    And I felt just the same, though I chuffed off a line
    High, but I felt just the same