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Most people think of choruses as the part of a song which doesn't change, however, there are always exceptions, and this trope is for the exceptions.

Sometimes, the chorus will change a little every time. This is usually used for comedy, to make the song more interesting, or to make the song follow a story line. Other times, the song will mainly stay the same, but have one chorus that's a bit different.

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This is usually at the end, and it might be because the story has finished, so one of the lines is no longer true (e.g. "I'm waiting for the bus" might turn into "I waited for the bus" in the final chorus).

Compare Truck Driver's Gear Change, where a song modulates upward, Small Start, Big Finish for when the song's intensity rises, and Dual-Meaning Chorus for when the meaning of the chorus changes. Can overlap with Expository Pronoun or Character Development. Often happens in an Age-Progression Song. Compare Mad Libs Catchphrase. Contrast Limited Lyrics Song.

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Music examples:

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    Children's 

    Comedy 
  • Koit:
    • "Egg and Sperm" is about some sentient sperm trying to fertilise an egg. The chorus starts with, "We gotta get to the egg, we'll force our way inside. Gotta spread those genes and spread them wide." However, the final chorus starts with, "We made it to the egg, we forced our way inside," etc.
    • The chorus for "My Willy Won't Go" normally goes, "My willy won't go. My willy won't go. I really really try, but my bladder's really shy. Don't want anyone to see my little guy." The final chorus, however, changes the last lines to "I want to drain the vain, 'cause I'm getting groinal pain. I'm gonna have to queue for the cubicle again."
  • The song "The Monster Mash" has the chorus change slightly every time, but it always follows the same basic format:
    ____ the Mash.
    ___ the Monster Mash.
    The monster Mash.
    ____ a graveyard smash.
    ____ the Mash.
    And it caught on in a flash.
    ____ the Mash.
    ____ the Monster Mash.
  • Ninja Sex Party:
    • "Danny Don't You Know" changes its chorus three times as the older Danny encourages his younger self that he's cooler than he thinks he is, starting with Danny in his early pubescent years:
      Danny, don't you know that you are hot as fuck on the inside?
      Everybody knows the best bananas will be ripe with time
      Danny, don't you know that you kick so much ass on the inside?
      • Then his teenage to young adult years:
        Danny, don't you know that you are cool as fuck on the inside?
        You're just going through an awkward phase from 12 to 29
        Danny, don't you know that everyone feels weird on the inside?
      • Then finally, his current rock star adult self:
        Danny, don't you know that we're all rad as fuck on the inside?
        Now it's time to rock the show, come on you are a star tonight
        Danny, don't you know that you're a spandex butterfly for life
      • The one similarity is that each chorus ends with a repetition of "Danny don't you know" three times.
    • "Heart Boner" changes the chorus three times, featuring slightly different Double Entendres in each one. The first chorus:
      I've got a heart boner for you
      I stand before you stiff and true
      I wanna blast a load of feelings onto you
      This heart boner's for you
      • The second chorus:
        I've got a heart boner tonight
        Feel my love pants growing tight
        I wanna plug you with respect all through the night
        I'll bust a nut of joy and light
      • And the third one, which is more similar to the first chorus:
        This heart boner's for you
        I stand before you thick and true
        I'll shoot a wad of gleaming romance just for you
        This heart boner's for you
  • Songdrops:
    • The chorus to "Skunkles the Christmas Skunk" usually has the line "He rides in the sleigh and he tries not to spray", but later the line changes to "He's Santa's copilot, though he never gets to fly it."
    • The chorus to "The Dihydrogen Monoxide Song" changes its third line every time. First it's "It's showing up in rivers far and wide", then "It seeps through your skin when it's hot outside", then "It's hard to wash off when it's liquefied", then "Apples test high for it unless they're dried", then finally "Levels increase at high tide".
  • Stanley Carter's song "You're Not the Only Pebble on the Beach" has the song title as the only line in the chorus that stays the same, and eventually, that changes to "He's not the only pebble on the beach" in the final chorus.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic does this with almost every song he does. Take "Eat It" for example.
    • First verse:
      Just eat it. (Eat it). Eat it. (Eat It)
      Get yourself an egg and beat it.
      Have some more chicken. Have some more pie.
      It doesn't matter if it's boiled or fried.
    • Second verse:
      Just eat it. (Eat it). Eat it. (Eat it)
      Open up your mouth and feed it.
      Have some more yogurt. Have some more spam.
      It doesn't matter if it's fresh or canned.

    Country 
  • In Banjo Band's song "Jozin z bazin", the first two choruses are the same, about how dangerous the swamp monster Jozin is and how hard it is to defeat him. The last chorus is about the main character defeating Jozin and selling him to the zoo.
  • Blake Shelton's "Austin" is about a woman calling her ex's number, and the chorus is his voice message. The message is different each time, but each one ends with "And P.S., if this is Austin, I still love you". The final chorus is when he calls her back and she imitates his voice messages, ending with "Can't you tell, this is Austin, and I still love you"
  • Each repetition of the chorus of Jimmy Buffett's song "Margaritaville" ends differently as the narrator gains more self-awareness. The first three lines are always
    Wastin' away again in Margaritaville
    Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt.
    Some people claim that there's a woman to blame
    • First chorus ends:
      But I know it's nobody's fault.
    • Second chorus:
      Now I think, hell, it could be my fault.
    • Final chorus:
      But I know it's my own damn fault.
  • The title of "Fourteen Minutes Old" by Doug Stone changes to "fifteen minutes" and then "sixteen minutes" on the second and third choruses, respectively.
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    Heavy Metal 
  • Disturbed:
    • The song "Warrior" has the chorus:
      I'm the one with the warrior inside
      My dominance can't be denied
      Your entire world will turn into a battlefield tonight
      As I look upon you, through the warrior's eyes now
      I can see the fear that will ensure my victory this time.
      • At the very end of the song, this chorus is immediately repeated, but changed to:
        I'm the one with the warrior inside
        The evidence can't be denied
        The entire world will stare into this battlefield tonight
        As I stand before you with a warrior's heart now
        I can feel the strength that will ensure my victory this time.
    • The song "Are You Ready" has the chorus:
      Are you ready?
      They aren't ready for you to be strong (Are you ready?)
      They aren't ready for you to prove them wrong (Are you ready?)
      They aren't ready for you to be turned into someone who cannot be preyed upon.
      • At the very end of the song, this chorus is immediately repeated, but changed to:
        Are you ready?
        They aren't ready for us to be strong (Are you ready?)
        They aren't ready for us to prove them wrong (Are you ready?)
        Let me know you're ready to be turned into people who cannot be preyed upon.
  • Metallica's "Enter Sandman" changes up the chorus slightly towards the end of the song. The chorus is normally "Exit light, Enter night, Take my hand, We're off to Never Never Land." The final iteration is "Exit light, Enter night, Grain of sand, Exit light, Enter night, Take my hand, We're off to Never Never Land."
  • Sabaton:
    • Each of the choruses in "Aces in Exile" discusses a different foreign fighter squadron that fought with the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain, changing the second and third lines of four.
      • First chorus:
        Fighter pilots in exile fly for foreign land
        Let their story be heard, tell of Three Hundred and Third
        Fighter pilots of Poland, in the Battle of Britain
        Guarding the skies of the Isle
      • Second chorus:
        ...Tell their story again, to the Three Hundred and Ten
        Men from Czechoslovakia, in the Battle of Britain...
      • Third chorus:
        ...When the battle's been won, trouble Four Hundred and One
        Fighter pilots of Canada, in the Battle of Britain...
    • The last chorus of "Inmate 4859" changes the lines "Who knows his name?" to "We know his name", and "Who hides behind 4859" to "He hides behind 4859", as a way of symbolizing the post-Soviet rehabilitation of protagonist Witold Pilecki as a hero of Nazi-occupied Poland.
    • "To Hell and Back":
      • First and second choruses:
        Crosses grow on Anzio
        Where no soldiers sleep, and where Hell's six feet deep
        That death must wait, there's no debate
        So charge and attack, going to Hell and back
      • Last chorus:
        He saw crosses grow on Anzio
        Where no soldiers sleep, and where Hell's six feet deep
        That death must wait, there's no debate
        He charged and attacked, he went to Hell and back

    Hymns 
  • Dream Theater's "Honor Thy Father":
    • First verse:
      On and on and on and on it goes,
      It's so easy to run away with nothing in tow!
      How can you ever sleep a wink at night,
      Pretending that everything is alright,
      And have the nerve to blame this mess on me?
      Never in my life have I seen someone
      So ignorant to the damage he has done.
      You're the rotted root in the family tree.
    • Second verse:
      On and on and on and on it goes,
      And with every passing day true colors show!
      How can you ever sleep a wink at night,
      Pretending that everything is alright,
      And have the balls to blame this mess on me?
      Never in my life have I seen someone
      Oblivious to the damage he has done,
      You're the rotted root in the family tree.
    • Third verse:
      On and on and on and on it goes,
      Chauvinistic, heartless, selfish, cold!
      How can you ever sleep a wink at night,
      Pretending that everything is alright,
      And have the balls to blame this shit on me?
      Never in my life have I seen someone
      So fucking blind to the damage he has done,
      You're the rotted root in the family tree.

    Pop 
  • The Bruno Mars song "When I Was Your Man", for the first and second choruses, laments:
    That I should have bought you flowers
    And held your hand
    Should have gave you all my hours
    When I had the chance
    Take you to every party 'cause all you wanted to do was dance
    Now my baby's dancing
    But she's dancing with another man.
    • Come the final chorus, on the other hand, it is clear to the narrator that his girlfriend has left him due to the mistakes he'd made in his relationship, wishes his now-ex well and says that:
      I hope he buys you flowers
      I hope he holds your hand
      Give you all his hours
      When he has the chance
      Take you to every party
      'Cause I remember how much you loved to dance
      Do all the things I should have done
      When I was your man.
  • The '90s J-Pop Sapporo Snowy by Miyuki Nakajima has two verses, followed by repeating the chorus twice at the end. It is the third time when the chorus changes.
    • The main chorus:
      Sapporo, snowy still be
      You still doesn't love me yet
      Sapporo, snowy still be
      I'm listening to the weather forecast from afar
      Since I can't go back
    • The chorus at its third time:
      Sapporo, snowy still be
      I wanted to show you this speechless snow someday
      Sapporo, snowy still be
      I just wanted to show you my true face
  • Selena Gomez's "Lose You to Love Me" changes the line "I needed to lose you to love me, yeah" to "I needed to hate you to love me, yeah" in the final repetition of the chorus.
  • Taylor Swift: In "No Body, No Crime" the first two choruses are identical, three repetitions of "I think he did it but I just can't prove it", followed by "But I ain't letting up until the day I die". (Although who "I" is and what the person thinks was done changes). The third chorus changes this to two repetitions of "They think she did it but they just can't prove it", meaning the police suspect the mistress of murdering the man involved. The third line is "She thinks I did it but she just can't prove it", meaning the mistress suspects Taylor of his murder. Finally the song ends with "I wasn't letting up until the day he died."

    Pop Rock 
  • Barenaked Ladies' song "One Week" has a chorus where some lines change:
    • First verse:
      It's been one week since you looked at me
      Cocked your head to the side and said, "I'm angry"
      Five days since you laughed at me
      Saying, "Get that together, come back and see me"
      Three days since the living room
      I realized it's all my fault, but couldn't tell you
      Yesterday, you'd forgiven me
      But it'll still be two days 'til I say I'm sorry
    • Second verse:
      It's been one week since you looked at me
      Threw your arms in the air and said, "You're crazy"
      Five days since you tackled me
      I've still got the rug burns on both my knees
      It's been three days since the afternoon
      You realized it's not my fault not a moment too soon
      Yesterday, you'd forgiven me
      And now I sit back and wait 'til you say you're sorry
    • Third verse:
      It's been one week since you looked at me
      Dropped your arms to the sides and said, "I'm sorry"
      Five days since I laughed at you and said
      "You just did just what I thought you were gonna do"
      Three days since the living room
      We realized we're both to blame but what could we do?
      Yesterday, you just smiled at me
      'Cause it'll still be two days 'til we say we're sorry
  • "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay:
    • The last four lines of the first chorus:
      For some reason I can't explain
      Once you'd gone, there was never
      Never an honest word
      But that was when I ruled the world
    • The last four lines of the remaining choruses:
      For some reason I can't explain
      I know Saint Peter won't call my name
      Never an honest word
      But that was when I ruled the world
  • In the chorus of "Just A Girl" by No Doubt, the phrase "I'm just a girl" is the only line that's consistent between verses:
    • First verse:
      'Cause I'm just a girl, a little 'ol me.
      Well, don't let me out of your sight.
      Oh, I'm just a girl, all pretty and petite.
      So, don't let me have any rights.
    • Second verse:
      'Cause I'm just a girl I'd rather not be,
      'cause they won't let me drive late at night.
      Oh, I'm just a girl, guess I'm some kind of freak,
      'cause they all sit and stare with their eyes.
      Oh, I'm just a girl, take a good look at me.
      Just your typical prototype.
    • Third verse:
      I'm just a girl living in captivity.
      Your rule of thumb makes me worrisome.
      I'm just a girl. What's my destiny?
      What I've succumbed to is making me numb.
      Oh, I'm just a girl, my apologies.
      What I've become is so burdensome.
      Oh, I'm just a girl, lucky me.
      Tweedle Dum, there's no comparison.
  • In Smokie's "Living Next Door to Alice" the chorus's last line is "Now I gotta get used to not living next door to Alice". Except in the final repetition, where it goes like this:
    But I'll never get used to not living next door to Alice...
    No, I'll never get used to not living next door to Alice.

    Rock 
  • In "Heat of the Moment" by the rock band Asia, the final chorus just repeats "Heat of the moment." Also, the second chorus omits the line "Telling me what your heart meant"
  • The chorus of blink-182's song "What's My Age Again?" changes after every verse:
    • First chorus:
      And that's about the time she walked away from me
      Nobody likes you when you're twenty-three
      And I'm still more amused by TV shows
      What the hell is A.D.D.?
      My friends say I should act my age
      What's my age again, what's my age again?
    • Second chorus:
      And that's about the time that bitch hung up on me
      Nobody likes you when you're twenty-three
      And I'm still more amused by prank phone calls
      What the hell is call ID?
      My friends say I should act my age
      What's my age again, what's my age again?
    • After the guitar solo at the bridge, the chorus plays twice:
      And that's about the time she walked away from me
      Nobody likes you when you're twenty-three
      And you still act like you're in freshman year
      What the hell is wrong with me?
      My friends say I should act my age
      What's my age again, what's my age again?
      That's about the time she broke up with me
      No one should take themselves so seriously
      With many years ahead to fall in line
      Why would you wish that on me?
      I never want to act my age
      What's my age again, what's my age again?
  • Bowling for Soup:
    • "Highschool Never Ends" makes minor shifts to the chorus.
      • It starts out as:
      You still don't have the right look, and you don't have the right friends;
      Nothing changes but the faces, the names, and the trends,
      Highschool Never Ends
      • Then changes to:
      You still don't have the right look, and you don't have the right friends,
      and you still listen to the same shit you did back then,
      Highschool Never Ends
      • Which finally becomes:
      And I still don't have the right look, and I still have the same three friends,
      and I'm pretty much the same as I was back then,
      Highschool Never Ends
    • "Girl All the Bad Boys Want" starts with this chorus about Mona's type in men:
      Cause she is watchin' wrestling
      Creamin' over tough guys
      Listenin' to rap metal
      Turntables in her eyes
      It's like a bad movie
      She is lookin' through me
      If you were me, then you'd be
      Screamin' someone shoot me
      As I fail miserably
      Tryin' to get the girl all the bad guys want
      • The next chorus adds new lyrics in between "Turntables in her eyes" and "It's like a bad movie":
      She likes 'em with a mustache
      Racetrack season pass
      Drivin' in a Trans-Am
      Does a mullet make a man?
      • The final chorus changes (the "It's like a bad movie" line onward remains the same) to describe how Mona's type of men does not fit the singer at all:
      Now I am watchin' wrestling
      Tryin' to be a tough guy
      Listenin' to rap metal
      Turntables in my eyes
      I can't grow a mustache
      And I ain't got no season pass
      All I got's a moped... moped... moped...
  • "Summer Of '69" by Bryan Adams changes all but the last line of the chorus between the first and second verses and the second line between the second and third.
    • First verse:
      But when I look back now,
      that summer seemed to last forever.
      And if I had the choice,
      yeah, if there was one, I'd be there.
      Those were the best days of my life.
    • Second verse:
      Standing on your mama's porch,
      you told me that you'd wait forever.
      Oh, and when you held my hand,
      I knew that it was now or never.
      Those were the best days of my life.
    • Third verse:
      Standing on your mama's porch,
      you told me that it'd last forever.
      Oh, and when you held my hand,
      I knew that it was now or never.
      Those were the best days of my life.
  • "Rain King" by Counting Crows changes two words in the third line of the chorus with each verse:
    • First verse:
      She's been crying. And I've been sinking.
    • Second verse:
      She's been lying. And I've been thinking.
    • Third verse, sung with more anguish:
      She's been dying. And I've been drinking.
  • "Funny You Should Ask" by The Front Bottoms modifies the chorus slightly to reflect a very different context each time.
    • The verse is talking about innocent young love and the chorus goes:
      'Cause I was young,
      I thought I didn't have to care about anything
      but I'm older now and know that I should
      'Cause I was young,
      I thought I didn't have to care about anything
      but I'm older now and know that I should
    • The second verse is filled with resentment against an ex-girlfriend and the following chorus changes to:
      But you were young,
      you thought you didn't have to care about anyone
      but you're older now and wish that you could
      'Cause you were young
      you thought you didn't have to care about anyone
      but you're older now and know that you should
    • The last chorus is similar to the second one but switches back to first person perspective.
  • U2:
    • The chorus of "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" ends with the lines "Who's gonna ride your wild horses?/Who's gonna fall at the foot of thee?" after the first two verses. After the bridge, the chorus ends with the lines "Who's gonna taste your salt water kisses?/Who's gonna take the place of me?"
    • The next to last line in the chorus of "Last Night on Earth" changes with each verse. After the first, it's "She doesn't care what it's worth." After the second, it's "She knows just what it's worth." After the third, it's "She already knows it hurts."
    • "If God Will Send His Angels" has the second line in the chorus change from "And if God will send a sign." in the first two verses to "I sure could use them here right now." in the third.
  • Vertical Horizon's "Everything You Want" has the chorus say "He is everything you want. He is everything you need./He is everything inside of you that you wish you could be./He says all the right things at exactly the right time/but he means nothing to you and you don't know why." At the end, the singer reveals that he's actually singing about himself in the chorus by changing all uses of "He is" to "I am". The last line becomes "but I mean nothing to you and I don't know why."
  • Nick Cave's "The Mercy Seat", about a man about to be executed, repeats its chorus 14 times in a row at the end of the song, changing a few words every time, but mostly ending on "Anyway I told the truth, and I'm not afraid to die." Until the final repitition, just before the song comes to a grinding halt:
    And anyway I told the truth
    But I'm afraid I told a lie...
  • Don McLean's "Vincent" uses this to heartbreaking effect, while talking about Vincent van Gogh's work and struggles with mental illness. At first, the chorus reassures its subject that "They would not listen, they did not know how/Perhaps they'll listen now". At the end of the song he realizes that for all of van Gogh's posthumous fame, he's still seen as "crazy" and mental illness is still just as stigmatized, and concludes "They would not listen, they're not listening still/Perhaps they never will."


Other examples:

    Anime and Manga 
  • Asteroid in Love's ending theme "Yōzora" has a different chorus with its second verse.
    • The chorus for the first verse and coda:
      The future we drew
      is on a path long and far away
      There may be smiles, there may be tears
      I wish I can share them with you
      If there's something we would like to find
      In the depths of this shining sky
      I should believe I'm not alone
      As long as I start the way with you
    • The chorus for the second verse:
      The light of our wish
      will shine upon this world we see
      There may be hopes, there may be doubts
      I wish we can illuminate each other
      If there's something we would like to make it happen
      At the intersection of time and space
      Let us move in burning passion
      Like the stars that color the night sky
  • Flower of Hope, the ending theme of the Animated Adaptation of Kotoura-san, has its chorus sung four times, each time with different lyrics. Given the song is as much about the trope of Heal the Cutie as the series itself, it is justified.
  • "Departure", the opening theme of the 2011 anime adaptation of Hunter × Hunter, has a chorus that changes completely after every verse, save for a consistent rhyme scheme and a few lines of Gratuitous English always being in the same part of the chorus. This allows a different verse of the song to be used every time the series's OP changes.

    Films - Animation 
  • Frozen (2013):
    • The chorus to "The First Time in Forever" changes every time, but it still counts as a chorus because it has the song title several times in each one.
    • In "Let it Go", the chorus changes every time, with the only consistent lines being "Let it go! Let it go!" and "Let the storm rage on".
  • In The Little Mermaid (1989), all of the songs with multiple choruses ("Part of Your World", "Under the Sea", "Poor Unfortunate Souls", and "Kiss the Girl") have the chorus change each time, with the only words remaining consistent being the song titles.
  • In the animated adaptation of Loskutik And The Cloud, the horse's second song has a chorus that only includes one phrase that always gets repeated: "And what else can one wish, and what else can one dream of?" After that phrase, each repetition of the chorus describes a different thing the horse dreams of: a cold brook in the first chorus, rain, fresh leaves and flowers in the second, a sea and clouds in the sky in the third.
  • Tangled: In "I've Got a Dream", the song's title is the only thing that's consistent about the chorus, and even then it occasionally changes to "He's got a dream", "She's got a dream", or "We've got a dream".

    Films - Live-Action 
  • Mary Poppins:
    • The chorus to the "Fidelity, Fiduciary Bank" song goes, "Tuppence, [adverb], [adverb], [adverb] invested in the... to be specific, in the Dawes, Tomes, Mousley, Grubbs, Fidelity, Fiduciary Bank."
    • The chorus to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" usually goes, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious, if you say it loud enough you'll always sound precocious: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!". However, the final chorus is just the song title sung four times.
  • Muppet Treasure Island: The opening song "Shiver My Timbers" has the chorus change four times, all appropriate for the pirates singing it as they bury Captain Flint's treasure:
    • Shiver my timbers, shiver my soul
      Yo-ho, heave ho!
      There are men whose hearts are as black as coal
      Yo-ho, heave ho!
    • Shiver my timbers, shiver my sides
      Yo-ho, heave ho!
      There are hungers as strong as the wind and tides
      Yo-ho, heave ho!
    • Shiver my timbers, shiver my bones
      Yo-ho, heave ho!
      There are secrets that sleep with old Davy Jones
      Yo-ho, heave ho!
    • Shiver my timbers, shiver my sails
      Dead men tell no tales!'' *BANG*

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Sesame Street:
    • The song "Be-Doodle-De-Dum" usually has "It's such a good thing to say" in the chorus, but the last one changes it to "An excellent thing to say."
    • The song "Accidents Happen" mainly has a consistent chorus, but in some verses, the line "Night or day" is repeated and other times it's followed by "They happen night or day".
    • "You've Got to Be Patient to Be a Patient" not only has a changing chorus, but several different versions. In the version sung to Big Bird, for instance, one chorus mentions "taking medicine and eating off a tray", while in the one with the little girl, this isn't mentioned. The only thing common amongst all choruses in all versions is the song title, plus all the rhymes are "-ay" words (say, play, day, way, etc).
  • Treasure Attic: The song "Achoo, I've Got a Cold" has two choruses.
    • The first one goes:
      I remember when I washed my hair
      Then I went outside in the evening air
      My daddy said, 'Your head is wet; don't go!'
      But now I've got a sniffy nose and a cold.
    • The second one goes:
      I remember it was yesterday
      When my mama said, 'John, put your jacket on!'
      But I was busy; didn't wanna stop,
      And now I've got a stuffy nose and a cough.
    • After the instrumental break, both choruses are said in succession.

    Theatre 
  • Be More Chill: "Michael in the Bathroom" changes its chorus three times, with the final chorus replacing the first few lines with a beat and also adding a few couplets at the end.
    • The first chorus:
      Michael in the bathroom
      Michael in the bathroom at a party
      Forget how long its been
      I'm just Michael in the bathroom
      Michael in the bathroom at a party
      No, you can't come in
      I'm waiting it out 'til it's time to leave
      And picking at grout as I softly grieve
      I'm just
      Michael who you don't know
      Michael flying solo
      Michael in the bathroom by himself
    • The second chorus:
      Michael in the bathroom
      Michael in the bathroom at a party
      I half regret the beers
      Michael in the bathroom
      Michael in the bathroom at a party
      As I choke back the tears
      I'll wait as long as I need
      'Til my face is dry
      Or I'll just blame it on weed
      Or something in my eye
      I'm just Michael
      Who you don't know
      Michael flyin' solo
      Michael in the bathroom by himself
    • And the final chorus:
      [music plays over where the line would go] ...at a party
      Is there a sadder sight
      [hums the tune of the "Michael in the bathroom" line]
      Michael in the bathroom at a party
      This is a heinous night
      I wish I stayed at home instead
      Watching cable porn
      Or wish I offed myself instead
      Wish I was never born
      I'm just Michael
      Who's a loner
      So he must be a stoner
      Rides a PT Cruiser
      God, he's such a loser
      Michael flying solo
      Who you think that you know
      Michael in the bathroom by himself
  • "When I Was a Lad", the Admiral's song from H.M.S. Pinafore, has each repetition of the chorus describe a different "virtue" (polishing handles, copying letters, doing little thinking for himself etc.) for which he was made "the ruler of the Queen's Navy".
  • In Les Misérables, the chorus to "Red and Black" changes depending on who's singing it. The first and third time, it's a revolutionary anthem sung by political leader Enjolras inspiring people to ignore their personal problems and go fight at the barricades. The second time, it's a duet with the "Red—, Black—" portions sung by Enjolras, while Marius sings the other parts to talk about his romantic troubles and his conflict about whether to go fight or seek his love. The last time, the chorus becomes a Crowd Song that repeats the first version, where everyone proclaims their determination to go fight.
    "Red! The blood of angry men/I feel my soul on fire"
    "Black! The dark of ages past/My world if she's not there"

    Video Games 
  • For JTMusic's song on Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator, "Now Hiring at Freddy's", the chorus changes every verse, showing off how the song slowly gets more twisted as time goes on:
    • First Verse:
      Come on down to Freddy's!
      We'll make a tycoon of you!
      Invest all of your savings, cause
      You're gonna double it soon!
      Minimize the casualties
      And please! Just don't get us sued!
      Every shift will be fun, if you get your duties done
      And clean up the blood off your shoes!
    • Second verse:
      Come on down to Freddy's!
      You ought to stay for a while!
      If any children go missing...
      Just don't let them go on file!
      Don't get any blood on the carpet
      It's easier cleaning the tile!
      And if a kid ends up dead
      Kill all the witnesses next!
      And make sure it's done with a smile...
    • Third Verse:
      Come on down to Freddy's!
      We'll suck the soul out of you!
      A work shift can be deadly, but
      We'll bring you back to life soon!
      Maximize the casualties
      At this point, we're gonna get sued!
      And before you can leave, clean up the carpets with bleach
      And we'll make a monster of you!
  • Persona 5 Strikers: One of the boss themes, "Counter Strike", changes during its second chorus, rewording it to first person and sounding more affirmative. For example, "it's your turn to get it right" later turns into "finally, I got it right."
  • Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth: The game's opening theme, "Road Less Taken." While retaining the same metaphors and general theme of individuality, the first and second choruses have some slightly different lyrics. The third time the chorus is sung, it's based on the second one, but has a new perspective and changes "you" to "we" (i.e. "the road less taken could be where you're meant to be" becomes "the road less taken could be where we're meant to be").
  • "Lifelight", the main theme for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, starts with a rather pessimistic chorus detailing the characters predicament at the start of the "World of Light" story mode. However, this later changes to a more optimistic version as the characters band together to face the challenge ahead of them.
    • First version:
      Every soul contains a whisper of light,
      Gleaming faintly as it dwindles from sight.
      No escape, no greater fate to be made.
      In the end, the chains of time will not break.
      Colors weave into a spire of flame.
      Distant sparks call to a past still unnamed.
      Bear this sword against the cold of the night.
      Search your soul and reawaken the undying light.
    • Second version:
      Every soul contains a whisper of light,
      Growing louder as it calls to unite.
      From the distance sings a chorus of souls,
      Rising slowly, stirring heat from the coals.
      Colors weave into a spire of flame.
      Distant sparks call to a past still unnamed.
      Bear this sword against the cold of the night.
      Light will guide you on your way to the ultimate fight.

    Web Animation 
  • In the second appearance of "Inside of Every Demon is a Rainbow" from HazbinHotel the Radio Demon changes the titular chorus to "Inside of Every Demon is a Lost Cause".
  • Translations Gone Wrong: In their version of "Babs Seed", the chorus is different both times.
    • The first time, it's:
      Meme Seed, Meme Seed. Oh, can't find the loo.
      I am full, ready to bust. I'll settle for a vase!
      Meme Seed, Meme Seed. Air horn have to die.
      Morals love the stink of egg. Humans get us extra cash.
      Meme Seed, Meme Seed, I like to slam, slam pee.
    • The second chorus goes:
      Meme Seed, Meme Seed. Owner gaily knew.
      Time to put it in our arse, ah pull it, bad sluts.
      Meme Seed, Meme Seed, Ellen have to die.
      Murder looms like stinky egg, humans can't be assed to care.

    Web Original 
  • Brian Hull: "We're Not So Bad" is a parody of "I've Got a Dream" from Tangled. Just like the original, the only consistent line in the chorus is the title, which sometimes changes to "He's not so bad", "I'm not so bad", or "She's not so bad".
  • Danny Gonzalez:
    • "LaCroix"'s chorus starts out with the line:
      Like a party in my mouth, but the kind of party that ends at 9
    • Which later changes to:
      Like a party in my mouth, if everybody at the party just died
  • Twisted Translations: In the version of "Let it Go" from Frozen, just like the original, there's only one consistent line in the chorus. This time, it's "Give up! Give up!". The chorus of "For the First Time in Forever" also has only one consistent line— "For the first term of office indefinite", and even that becomes "For firstly the eternal" at the end.

    Western Animation 
  • Animaniacs:
    • In "The Monkey Song", the only consistent line in the chorus is "I don't know what to say! The monkeys won't do!", and even that gets changed to "We don't know what to say! The Warners won't do!" at the end.
    • In "Shnitzelbank", each chorus is a list of items pointed out in the previous verse, followed by "O de schone, o de schone, o de schone schnitzelbank."
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "Babs Seed" from "One Bad Apple", the second chorus pauses to add non-chorus lyrics, then when it resumes, it repeats the "She's just a bad, bad" line twice before ending.
    • In "Winter Wrap-Up" from the episode of the same name, the first chorus says, "Winter wrap-up, winter wrap-up" only twice, but the second chorus says it three times, then three times again for the third, and the third one says, "'Cause tomorrow, spring is here" several times instead of twice.
  • Sid the Science Kid: The song "The Journey of a Germ" has two lines, and one is always different but the other one is "_____ on my journey of a germ".
  • We Bare Bears: The Castilian Spanish version of "Forever My Heart" from the episode "Everyone's Tube" changes the "Forever my baby, forever my heart" part of the chorus every time. The first time, it's "Y para siempre yo te voy a amar"note , the second time, it's "Tu eres mi chica, siempre te amaré"note , and the third and final time the chorus is sung, it's "Por siempre mi chica, yo te voy a amar."note 
  • Italian and Japanese dubs of Little Einsteins have every verse of the theme song different, compared to the same two verses before and after the Truck Driver's Gear Change (present in pretty much every dub). The Italian 1st/2nd verse and 3rd/4th verse "We're going on a trip, Climb aboard, etc." follows.
''"Annie: Voliamo un po' più su dov'è il cielo tutto blu All: I Fantastici, Little Einsteins! Leo: L'avventura Quincy and Annie: Ti aspetta insieme a noi All: Ti emozionerai, Little Einsteins!\
Truck Driver's Gear Change Leo: Studiare geografia così e una magia All: Quanti per musei, tutti per noi! Leo: Ora vai, in rotta per shanghai All: Ti divertirai All: Little Einsteins!''"

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