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  • New Age composer Vangelis invokes a Brick Joke structure in his Albedo 0.39 album. The first track, "Pulstar", ends with the British Post time recording. A voice is heard intoning "At the third stroke, it will be ten-three and forty seconds" followed by three beeps. Likewise for "ten-three and fifty seconds". At "ten-four precisely", the second track kicks in right where the three beeps should be. Just before the ending of track eight, "Nucleogenesis (Part II)", the music pauses and the listener hears a rotary telephone dial. The dialing is followed by three beeps and the climax of the track.
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  • On Yes's album Fragile, Jon Anderson's solo track "We Have Heaven," which starts out simply enough but quickly moves into an ever-increasing multi-tracked loop of Jon's voice, ends with a closing door blocking out the sound and footsteps running away. At the end of the final track, "Heart Of The Sunrise", which finishes abruptly on an imperfect cadence, there's a pause...and then the door opens, revealing "We Have Heaven" still going on, as presumably it has been throughout the rest of the album. Who says prog rockers have no sense of humour, eh?
  • In the song "We Like Sportz" by The Lonely Island, Guy #2 says "...except for that cunt-hole Steve." Later, during "We'll Kill U", Guy #1 says "You're still a cunt, Steve. Go fuck your snake."
  • The Canadian Progressive band, Rush, pulled something akin to one: the last song of their album, A Farewell To Kings, is "Cygnus X-1", the tale of an astronaut who pilots his vessel into the eponymous black hole, hoping to use it as an "astral door"; it ends with him seemingly torn apart. The "A" side of their next album, Hemispheres, details the struggle between the gods of Reason and Passion to "rule the hearts of man". The struggle erupts into all-out war, which is only interrupted when... the astronaut from "Cygnus X-1" emerges into their midst.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic:
    • "The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota" details the road trip the narrator once took with his family to the eponymous attraction. Early on, he makes brief mention of picking up a hitchhiker named "Bernie". Numerous verses later, they finally reach the twine ball.. and ask Bernie to take their picture. He instead runs off with their camera.
    • Another Weird Al song, "Albuquerque", starts with him explaining that the only problem with his early life was that his mother fed him nothing but sauerkraut until he was twenty-six and a half. Over the course of the eleven minute song, Al details his move to the eponymous city and the changes in his life. Near the end, he finally admits the entire song was a roundabout way of saying "I! HATE! SAUERKRAUT!"
    • "Trapped In The Drive-Thru" has Al detailing a couple's experience ordering dinner at a fast food drive thru. When the husband orders the food, he requests his cheeseburger have onions on it. Guess what happens at the very end of the song?
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  • Peter Schickele did this with the P.D.Q. Bach grand opera "Oedipus Tex". In the introduction speech at concerts, or alternatively in the introduction track on records/CDs, he mentions that, while concert halls and lecterns and various parts of theatres often get corporate sponsorship, it's generally considered uncouth for them to sponsor the songs themselves. This digression is completely forgotten until forty-five minutes (or six tracks) later when suddenly one of the lines of one of the songs is replaced with "Drink Pepsi."
  • The Dubliners' "The Sick Note" could arguably work as one of these. The song is sung by a man who calls himself "Paddy" and in the first verse he states that this is a letter written to his boss to explain why he won't be coming to work today. Over the course of the song, he continues to get into various forms of accidents, such as darting fourteen stories to hit a trolly with his head and having broken bricks land on him. The final words of the song then go: "Me body is all black and blue, me face a deathly gray / so I hope you'll understand why Paddy's not at work today."
    • Also known as "The Bricklayers's Lament", "Why Paddy's Not at Work Today", or "The Barrel of Bricks", the song is based on a comic monologue by the comedian, musician and cartoonist Gerald Hoffnung, delivered at The Oxford Union on 4th December 1958.
  • The Lonely Island does this in their song "Dreamgirl". The song opens with a monotone voice stating "The following song is brought to you by Chex Mix". They then proceed to sing a song about a "dream girl" who's actually horrible in every way, and for the last couple verses of the song (and the final chorus), it switches to a full-on song about how delicious Chex Mix is.
  • On one of Christine Lavin's live albums, she performs her song "Doris and Edwin: The Movie", which has a rather dark ending. She offers the audience the choice of having it turn out happily due to Doris wearing something that saves her from her fate. They usually say 'no', and do here. Later in the show (about 20 minutes later), she performs "Shopping Cart of Love- a play" in which the song's protagonist passes an accident-scene and the song's love-interest suggests everything would've been okay if only she had a prototype airbag-dress.
  • "I Hope You Die" by The Bloodhound Gang has one of these.
    I hope you flip some guy the bird,
    He cuts you off and you're forced to swerve...
    • Then later...
    And when you finally regain consciousness,
    You're bound and gagged in a wedding dress,
    And the prison guard looks the other way,
    'Cause he's the guy you flipped the bird the other day!
  • The Genesis album Duke has a short track at the start called Guide Vocal where the eponymous character claims that "nobody must know my name, for nobody would understand, and you kill what you fear." At the end of the penultimate track the guide returns to complete his statement: "Nobody must know my name, for nobody would understand, and you kill what you fear, and you fear what you don't understand."
  • Captain Beefheart's album Strictly Personal begins with a blues parody called "Ah Feel Like Ahcid". The song goes into a phased section which leads into the next track "Safe As Milk", meaning we don't hear "Ahcid"'s real ending. Or so it appears at first. After the third track, "Trust Us", we hear more of "Ahcid", but it fades out and much later on, after the last (8th) track, Kandy Korn, we hear the final words of "Ahcid", "I ain't blue no more, wooo it's like heaven ahcid, ahcid" which close the album.
  • Power Metal band Dragonheart does this on their album Vengeance in Black. The first song on the album, Eyes of Hell, begins with a heavy, mid-tempo riff. The last song on the album, Spreading Fire, uses the same riff during the bridge section.
  • The video for Fall Out Boy's Thnks fr th Mmrs includes Pete Wentz getting a phone call from William Beckett of The Academy Is.... The video for We've Got a Big Mess on Our Hands, by The Academy Is..., has William making the call.
    • In the video for "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race" pretty much everything from their previous videos shows up at Pete Wentz's dream funeral, including Pete rising from the casket as a vampire, which he was in the "Less Than Sixteen Candles" video.
  • Queen's album "A Day At The Races" starts with an "Intro" of which the last 20 seconds are exactly the same as the last minute of the last track "Teo Torriate".
  • The insert for the Alex Day album Parrot Stories include the out-of-nowhere line "No horses were drowned in the making of this album." You finish the last listed track... and you hear the secret track The Drowning Horse Song.
  • An odd one occurs on Pink Floyd's The Wall album. The last thing you hear at the end of the album is a quiet voice asking, "Isn't this where...?" This matches up with the first thing you hear on the album: the same quiet voice saying, "...we came in?"
  • Jimmy Buffett pulls this off with two of his songs, released a year apart. 1986's "Who's the Blonde Stranger" (from his album Riddles in the Sand) details the travails of a husband and wife, Frankie and Lola, who each cheat on each other during a vacation trip to Galveston Bay, Texas. 1987's "Frankie and Lola" (from the album "Last Mango in Paris") returns to Frankie and Lola's life just as they're patching their marriage up after a short-term separation by taking "a second honeymoon in Pensacola", when each realizes that they truly do love each other.
  • Arlo Guthrie does this several times in "Alice's Restaurant".
  • Ben Folds's "Rockin' the Suburbs" warns that he's going to curse in the first half of the song. Half a song later he says fuck.
  • The Moody Blues did this at least once: On the album On the Threshold of a Dream, the first track ("In the Beginning") begins with a howling-wind sound effect which also ends the last track, "Have You Heard? Part 2".
  • While not a joke by any means, Nine Inch Nails had a very weird line that stood out in the song "The Wretched": "The clouds will part and the sky cracks open and God himself will reach his fucking arm through." Eight years later, the album Year Zero had as one of its central concepts The Presence, a giant otherworldly hand that reaches down from the sky. It was featured on the cover art and several of the Alternate Reality Game sites, plus the song "The Warning" specifically is about it. The last song on Year Zero ("Zero Sum") seems to echo the lines from "The Wretched" directly: "They're starting to open the sky / They're starting to reach down through."
  • In Monty Python's "The Album of the Soundtrack of the Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail", side two of the record begins with a track called "The Story of the Film So Far". It begins by talking about metropolitan policemen Doug and Bob and their sexual fetishes before stating "as they aren't in this film, we won't give their last names." It then moves into "the real story of the film so far", a nearly two-minute long description of a ridiculous sequence of absurd events centered around a million-pound bidet given by Hitler to Eva Braun as a bar mitzvah present, which bears no resemblance to anything on side one. The bit ends with "they meet up with Doug and Bob, the metropolitan policemen who surprisingly turn out to be in this film after all, who kill everyone and live happily every after."
  • "Jane" by Barenaked Ladies has a line early on where the singer says he "was dazzled by her smile while (he) shopped there." During the song, he tries to start dating her only to be rejected. In the last verse, he says he's still dazzled by her smile while he shoplifts there.
  • In the video for "My Favorite Game" by The Cardigans, the singer goes on a rampage, putting a large boulder on her car's pedal and smashing into any car in her way. At the end she crashes head-on into a truck, flies out of the car (along with the boulder) and lands unconscious. In one of the possible endings, just as she gets up, the stone falls from the sky and hits her head, killing her.


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