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Para: We are villains who like to rhyme...
Dox: In fact, we do it all the time.
Para: You may think it's rather crass...
Dox: But you can stick your cards right up your nose.
Para: ...You were supposed to say "ass", brother. I thought we rehearsed this.

So... you're listening to a song, (maybe deciding to sing along) or are on one of those crazy planets (with a population of Janets?) where everyone speaks in verse (without needing to rehearse). A rhyming couplet is set up, (and you watch your hopes get up) but rather than using a rhyme, (being accomplished on a dime) the speaker takes it in a different, non-euphonic direction, (but maybe not in need of course correction) either by speaking a different word, (could be one you've never heard) having it bleeped out, (lest you be creeped out) or cutting off an offending section. (Such as the outcome of a voting.)

This is most often used for comedy: typically, the rhyme set up and subverted was clearly supposed to be a profanity. (If the replacement word begins the same way as the averted word, this amounts to a deliberate Curse Cut Short.) It's one of the myriad gimmicks used for Getting Crap Past the Radar, and when used this way is known as a "Miss Susie," after one of the most famous examples. Sometimes in this case the cut-off word will appear in a different context as a Midword Rhyme ("The steamboat went to hell/-o operator.") Doing this is the only way to get the worse Bawdy Songs on American network television — though of course the trope is much older than that: it's used in an Elizabethan broadside ballad about seducing a maiden, thus making it at least Older Than Steam. That said, the trope can be used for comedy without implying profanity, just by making the way the rhyme is going totally obvious and then not going there.


Known as a mind rhyme according to The Other Wiki.

A subtrope of Last-Second Word Swap. Compare with Painful Rhyme, Rhyming with Itself and Midword Rhyme. Not to be confused with Lame Rhyme Dodge.


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  • A commercial for The WB featuring Michigan J. Frog features this twice:
    Your love life is in a rut
    you're sitting there on your... uh hey nice sofa
    • And:
    I'm wanted by every lass
    trust me it's a pain in the..
    as for the WB[...]

    Anime and Manga 
  • A famous Tokyo Mew Mew fanart piece released just after the Macekre of the English dub does the "cut off" version:
    Ichigo: Mew Mew Power, I think I'll pass, your Mew Mew Power can kiss my a—
    Minto: Ichigo!
  • The Samurai Pizza Cats closing does this:
    So, hail to thee, O Pizza Cat! Please ring your little bell!
    Although you may be pen and ink, we know you'll fight like —
    The Pizza Cats: (in unison) PIZZA CATS!
  • One episode of Pokémon, "Hassle in the Castle", has Team Rocket doing this with their motto.
    Jessie: To protect us from all that chafing and itching!
    James: It might finally stop all of Jessie's...complaining!
  • A commercial for Sailor Moon aired on the Canadian youth programming channel YTV did this:
    "And Sailor Venus
    which rhymes with....I can't say that on TV!"
  • The English version of Mahou Sensei Negima! gives us this gem from the cheerleader trio in volume 1.
    "Rickum, rackum, ruckum, ruckum!
    Throw that ball and really f...fight!"
  • From Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
    "Rah rah ree,
    Kick em in the knee
    Rah rah rut,
    Kick em in the...other knee"

  • Etrigan is a rhyming demon who will occasionally break his station for comedic effect.
    • Etrigan: Our heroes, quite noble, have fallen to hell;
      may they curse their eternal foul luck.
      And while these champions may triumph o'er street crime quite well,
      down here with the demons they're totally doomed.
      Blue Beetle: That didn't rhyme!
      Etrigan: So sue me.
    • In The Demon Annual #2, after Etrigan pounds his opponent through the pavement into a sewer:
      Etrigan: By my dearest brother Goat—
      Who'd've thought the oaf would float?
      Down that sewer all so dank and dimly lit?
      But just watch the fellow hurry
      Through that mass of noxious slurry...
      He really seems at home in all that—
      Policeman: Freeze!
  • The Maxx falls asleep watching cartoons in issue #5 and enters a surreal dream land where everyone talks and thinks in rhyme, including him. Upon his escape he discovers he can speak normally again, expressing this with a somewhat forced rhyme subversion:
    The Maxx: It is different somehow, this land isn't mine! And my brain has been freed! I'm not thinking in... poetry stuff.
  • Somewhere in "Marvel What The..." Dr. Strange's silly assistant plays the Name Game with the magic formulas. Even with "Chuck", and as you know, you shouldn't do that. Dr. Strange violently cuts him short at the end and just a hurt "-uck!" results. Rhyme (and ears of the readers) saved.

  • The voice sample for the "Boing" synthesized voice in Mac OS uses a classic example of this:
    Spring has sprung
    Fall has fell
    Winter's here
    And it's colder than usual.

    Fan Works 
  • Latias' Journey: Crawdaunt used The Assumption Song, by Arrogant Worms!
    [..]And then she'd bend over and suck on his
    Candy, so tasty, made of butterscotch,
    And then he'd spread whipped cream all over her
    Cookies that she had left out on the shelf
    If you think this is dirty, you can go fuck yourself!
  • Turnabout Storm: Derpy's poem about what she saw on the trial ends with this little verse regarding the prosecutor, Trixie:
    The prosecutor's put downs were quite rich
    But honestly, she was being a big stuck-up...
  • "Red Spy," a Team Fortress 2 machinima parody of "Babs Seed".
    First we thought that Spy was so really really sweet,
    Another boy to have and a fine piece of work.
  • Happened once to Chloe during episode 8 of Pretty Cure Perfume Preppy. Naturally, she was the Austicles parody.
    Chloe: Whoa! I look like I took one heck of a sunburn. (twirls about) I mean, I'm cherry-red even when I— (covers mouth in shock) Xi. I was about to rhyme.

    Film - Animated 
  • In Disney's Cinderella, this occurs twice with the Fairy Godmother; most of her rhymes are genuine, but...
    • After making the coach:
    Fairy Godmother: Now, with an elegant coach like that, of course, we'll simply have to have...
    (Major, Cinderella's horse standing nearby, clears his throat)
    Fairy Godmother: Mice!
    (Major does a Double Take)
    • After making the horses:
    Fairy Godmother: Now, um, where were we? Oh, goodness, yes. You can't go to the ball without, um...
    (Cinderella looks hopeful about her dress, for the third time)
    Fairy Godmother: A horse!
    Cinderella: A-a-another one?
  • In Shrek, from the scene where little puppets in a machine sing a song:
    Please keep well off of the grass
    Shine your shoes, wipe your...face.
    • Though they do complete a rhyme eventually:
      Duloc is, Duloc is, Duloc is a perfect place!
    • Shrek: The Musical makes a similar joke:
      A princess full of sass
      And a dragon and a...donkey!
    • In the film there's also a subversion of sorts - "I like an honest fight and a saucy little maid / What he's basically saying is he likes to get...paid." Which is a rhyme, just not the naughty one that would have been there were it not a "children's film."
  • Cars: Lightning McQueen is trying to sneak out of his personal appearance:
    Dusty Rust-eze: Winter is a grand old time
    Rusty Rust-eze: Of this there are no ifs and buts
    Dusty Rust-eze: But remember, all that salt and grime
    Rusty Rust-eze: Can rust your bolts and freeze your...Hey, look! There he is!
  • In Disney's Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree:
    Narrator: Now, honey rhymes with bunny, and bunny rhymes with...
    Pooh: Rabbit?
    • And again in 2011:
      Its toes are black, its fur is blue/ I swear all I tell you is not made up!
  • The Lion King:
    Pumbaa: And OOOOOOOH, the shame!
    Timon: He was ashamed!
    Pumbaa: Thought of changin' my name!
    Timon: Oh, what's in a name?
    Pumbaa: And I got downhearted...
    Timon: How did you feel!?
    Pumbaa: Every time that I—
    Timon: Pumbaa! Not in front of the kids.
    Pumbaa: Oh. Sorry.
  • In Disney's Aladdin, Genie sarcastically "cheers" Jafar: "Jafar, Jafar, he's our man, if he can't do it, GREAT!"
  • In The Rugrats Movie the moms are discussing the gender of Didi's then unborn baby and Charlotte says:
    You know the saying, born under Venus, look for a...(cell phone rings cutting her off) hello?
  • From Frozen's Sidekick Song "In Summer":
    Winter's a good time to stay in and cuddle
    But put me in summer and I'll be...a happy snowman!
    • For bonus points, he's shown jumping over a puddle while singing this. At least the Russian dub retains this joke, using a word that rhymes with the Russian word for "puddle".
    • The film also uses a darker and more subtle version in the song "Do You Want To Build a Snowman?", which sets it up to sound like Elsa is going to respond to her sister's question, only to be met with silence.
  • In The Polar Express, the Polar Express is stopped by a caribou crossing. They start coming up with various metaphors for their situation, with the engineer commenting that they're "In the grass."
    Fireman: I'll tell you what's grass, our a— ow!
  • The "Daughters of Triton" song from The Little Mermaid. It's a concert Sebastian has created with all of Triton's daughters and is supposed to be the grand debut of Triton's youngest daughter, the lead character of the film, the Little Mermaid we know as Ariel.
    Six Daughters: And then there is the youngest in her musical debut / Our seventh little sister, we're presenting her to you / To sing a song Sebastian wrote, her voice is like a bell / She's our sister, Ari... (gasps of shock and surprise at Ariel's absence)
    King Triton: ARIEL!!!
  • Queer Duck: The Movie used this during the musical number "Baseball is Gay".
    Singers: One hits, one bunts, we're just a bunch of silly—
    Bi-Polar Bear: Whoa, whoa, whoa...

    Film - Live Action 
  • During the Weasel fight in Who Framed Roger Rabbit:
    Eddie: I'm through with taking falls
    And bouncing off the walls
    Without that gun
    I'd have some fun
    I'd kick you in the...(vase falls on his head)
    Roger: Nose!
    Smartass Weasel: "Nose"? That don't rhyme with "walls"!
    Eddie: No, but this does! (kicks Smarty in the "balls".)
  • Always Look On The Bright Side of Life:
    Some things in life are bad,
    They can really make you mad.
    Other things just make you swear and curse.
    When you're chewing on life's gristle,
    Don't grumble; give a whistle,
    And this'll help things turn out for the best.
  • Done randomly in How the Grinch Stole Christmas!:
    "We have a snoozaphone for your brother Stew, and a sousaphone for your brother Drew, a muncle for your uncle, a fant for your aunt, and a fampa...for your cousin Leon."
    • Not to mention when the Grinch invokes it:
      Why, for year after year
      I've put up with it now!
      I must stop this Christmas from coming...
      But how? Er, I mean, in what way?
  • In The Cat in the Hat, during the Cat's song about fun:
    There was this cat I knew, back home where I was bred,
    He never listened to a single thing his mother said,
    He never used the litterbox, he made a mess in the hall,
    That's why they sent him to a vet and they cut off his b- *pauses*!
    • A second verse that was later cut from the film did the same thing.
  • In The Private Eyes, the killer subverts rhyme in each note to the detectives. For example:
    If Jock could talk, he'd give you a clue.
    But now that he's dead, what can you do?
    He deserved what he got. I don't regret it a bit.
    By the way, you're standing in bull ca-ca.
  • In Ferris Bueller's Day Off, thinking he's terminally ill, a strippergram/prostitute dressed as a nurse is sent to his house, and greets him (actually his sister) with the rhyme:
    I heard that you were feeling ill,
    headache, fever, and a chill.
    I came to help restore your pluck,
    cause I'm the nurse who likes to...
    (the door is slammed in her face)
    • This was still too vulgar for network TV, and most showings have the door slam before the nurse says anything. Other airings show only the first two lines of her speech.
  • The father in Catch That Kid (a.k.a. Mission Without Permission) uses subverted rhyme when starting go-kart races to tone down the language:
    Tom: Let's step on the gas and kick some...butt!
  • From The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:
    Pretty little fly
    Why does it cry?
    Caught in a web...
    Soon will be ...eaten
  • Nacho Libre:
    I ate some bugs
    I ate some grass
    I use my hand
    To wipe my tears
    • Justified, considering his character is a Catholic monk.
  • The Hot Chick had a little rhyme that went like this:
    Boys are cheats and liars, They're such a big disgrace
    They will tell you anything to get to second...
    Baseball, baseball, he thinks he's gonna score,
    If you let him go all the way then you are a
    Horticulturists study flowers, geologists study rocks,
    All a guy wants from you is a place to put his
    cockroaches, beetles, butterflies and bugs
    Nothing makes him happier than a giant pair of
    Jugglers and acrobats and a dancing bear named Chuck
    All boys really want to do is
    Fff...orget it no such luck
  • In the movie version of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Thimbletack speaks in rhyme when he is a brownie, but not a boggart:
    You looked, and looked,
    and found the book,
    and from the chest
    the thing was (transforms) STOLEN!
  • The soundtrack version of the song "Cabin Fever" from Muppet Treasure Island has an extra verse, which goes like this:
    My sanity is hanging by a thread,
    Since we're going nowhere, I've gone out of my head,
    We were sailing, sailing, over the bounding main
    Lew Zealand: ...And now we're not! Heh heh heh!
  • Lampshaded in Matthew Patel's musical number in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
    Fireballs, Girls. Take this sucker down.
    Let us show him what we're all about.
    Scott: That doesn't even rhyme!
    • Well, it's closer to a rhyme than the one Scott comes up with in the graphic novel during the same scene (for the record, the "fireballs" line is a rhyme in the graphic novel, by way of Matthew using "out" instead of "down"):
      You think you're so great, but you're missing the point
      You gotta have friendship and courage and whatever!
      Matthew: That doesn't even rhyme!
      Scott: Shut up!
  • In the Broken Lizard movie Club Dread:
    But from that point on, Phil Coletti was known as...Machete Phil!
  • The Don Knotts-Tim Conway film The Private Eyes featured a number of these.
  • In (500) Days of Summer, the main character Tom writes greeting cards. After he and Summer break up...
    Tom's Boss: I'm a bit worried about you, Tom.
    Tom: Oh? Why?
    Tom's Boss: Well, your latest card reads: "Roses are red. Violets are blue. Fuck you, whore.
  • During Kill Bill Volume 1, The Bride is molested whilst in a coma by an orderly named Buck, who likes to...well, you know. When this movie is played on syndicated television, the rhyming swear gets amusingly censored:
    Buck: "My name is Buck, and I'm here to...PARTY!"
  • In Trick, there is a song COMO TE GUSTA MI PINGA which begins thusly:
    I told my friend the writer how happy I would be
    If he'd write an opening number especially for me
    But when he had it finished, it came as quite a shock
    He handed me a song titled "How do you like my...."
  • The song "Back in Time" from Men in Black 3 has a subversion of the subverted rhyme- "Give credit where credit is due don't cha. / Know that I don't give a number two."

  • Non-profane use: In the novel The Fairy's Return, one character is constantly making up poems, but he always ends his couplets with a non-rhyming word, even when the word has an obvious synonym that does rhyme.
  • In Night Watch, Detritus trains new City Watch recruits, and teaches them his jody (which "somehow, you could tell it was made up by a troll"):
    "Now we sing this stupid song
    Sing it as we march along
    Why we sing this we don't know
    We can't make the words rhyme prop'ly!
    • Also, the warning in the magical equipment shop in A Hat Full of Sky:
      Lovely to look at
      Nice to hold
      If you drop it
      You get torn apart by wild horses.
      • Which is based on a sign in real-life souvenir shops that feature "Consider it sold" as the last line.
  • In Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, the Crab puts on a record of himself singing "A Song Without Time or Season." Here's how it goes:
    A turner of phrases quite pleasin',
    Had a penchant for trick'ry and teasin'.
    In his songs, the last line
    Might seem sans design;
    What I mean is, without why or wherefore.
  • Non-comic, non-profane example: In George Herbert's poem "Denial" every stanza (except the last) ends on a non-rhyme, to symbolize the speaker's spiritual crisis.
  • Non-profane, lampshaded example: Paddy Pig's Poems is mainly about this trope. Paddy Pig, a poet, keeps writing 4-line poems that all rhyme but the last line, even if there's a rhyming synonym for the last word. His friends weren't amused and even pointed this flaw out.
  • In Breakfast of Champions, Dwayne recalls his father singing this rhyme while drunk:
    Roses are red
    And ready for plucking.
    You're sixteen,
    And ready for high school.
  • A long verse appears in Don't Pat the Wombat
    Mary had a little lamb, she also had a duck.
    She took it round the corner and taught it how to
    Fry some eggs for breakfast, fry some eggs for tea.
    The more you eat, the more you drink the more you have to
    Peter had a boat, and the boat began to rock.
    Up jumped Jaws and bit him on the
    Cocktails, ginger ale, forty cents a glass.
    If you don't like them shove it up your
    Ask no questions, tell no lies
    I saw the boogey man doing up his
    Flies are bad, mosquitoes are worse
    and this is the end of my silly little verse.
  • Sean Kelly's National Lampoon parodies of war poetry included two couplets by "Wilfred Owen, who in 1915 found himself at the front, under constant gas and artillery attack, and without his rhyming dictionary":
    Clouds broke at evening, and the sun set red
    Flushing to rose the faces of the deceased.
  • Gleefully inverted in Wendy Cope's "An Attempt at Unrhymed Verse":
    People tell you all the time,
    Poems do not have to rhyme.
    It's often better if they don't
    And I'm determined this one won't.
    Oh dear.
  • The title of Buck Up, Suck Up...and Come Back When You Foul Up: 12 Winning Secrets from the War Room, by James Carville and Paul Begala.
  • A bit of doggerel from Playboy's Party Jokes:
    Little Johnny, with a grin,
    Drank up all of pappy's gin.
    Mother said, when he was plastered,
    "Go to bed, you little love-child."
  • The chorus of "The Sergeant's Weddin'" by Rudyard Kipling:
    Cheer for the Sergeant's weddin' —
    Give 'em one cheer more!
    Grey gun-'orses in the lando,
    An' a rogue is married to, etc.
  • The children's book Nuddy Ned's Christmas features a subverted rhyme while describing Ned's joy at streaking in the snow.
    Ned danced round the garden
    Like a proper silly billy.
    Snowflakes swirling around his head
    (And places like his...belly button).
  • Played for drama in the Apprentice Adept series as the protagonist, Stile, casts his spells via rhymes. When confronted with his rivals, he starts focusing his power but giving subverted rhymes that, despite the subversion, still show his power, such as a subverted rhyme about fire causing an opponent's clothes to smolder, despite the fact that one Adept's magic cannot directly affect another Adept. His opponents start to realize that he has more power than they expected him to have.
  • One Epigraph from Jhegaala is the closing line of a (fictional) play:
    We introduce the players now
    Who have delivered each their lines
    So we may at last get off our feet,
    And you off your— chairs.

    Live Action TV 
  • The Eurovision 2015 semi-finals featured a song about the history and legacy of the show, which starts with the following tongue-in-cheek lines:
    It's an international competition
    With a collaborative mission,
    Much like the Olympics in a way
    Though slightly less athletic,
    But just as energetic,
    More colorful, and — what's the word? — more... theatrical.
  • Happy Endings: Played with in the episode "The Marry Prankster", Brad is singing a song about himself, but his name doesn't quite fit.
    Who's got a job?
    Bob's got a job
    Bob rhymes with job much better than job
    So I switched the name, but you know what I mean
    I got a job, job, a j-o-b!
  • From the Musical Episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Once More, With Feeling":
    You're the cutest of the Scoobies
    with your lips as red as rubies
    and your firm yet supple...tight embrace!
    • Which is incidentally a callback to an earlier verse in which Xander dodges a crudity without breaking the rhyme:
      She is the one, she's such wonderful fun
      such passion and grace.
      Warm in the night, when I'm right in her tight
      ...embrace. Tight embrace!
    • Also inverted a few times in that same musical episode: there are several instances where a song is interrupted, and then it is always the case that the interruption rhymes, while there seems no obvious way the intended line could have:
      She's just going through the motions,
      faking it somehow.
      She's not even half the girl she...ow!
      • Another example of that:
        Xander: She clings, she's needy,
        She's also really greedy,
        She never—
        Anya: His eyes are beady!
      • And again:
        Buffy: Will I stay this way forever?
        Sleepwalk through my life's endeavors?
        Distressed Dude: How can I repay—
        Buffy: Whatever.
    • Finally, while not used for profanity, the song "Walk Through The Fire" has the first two verses end with a rhyme for "burn" that is left unsaid. The rhyme is finally completed at the very end of the song.
  • The second season theme song for Slings & Arrows, where it's The Scottish Trope instead of an obscenity that's being obscured:
    Every soul that plays this role risks injury or death,
    I'd rather sweep the bloody stage than ever do MacYouKnowWho.
  • From That '70s Show:
    Michael Kelso: If this van's a rockin'...we're in there doing it!
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    For while the date side of the line's the one we all might guess he's in,
    there'll be no joy in Tedville if our Lisa is a... Yes! We win!note 
  • Colin Mochrie, of Whose Line Is It Anyway? fame, is very good at improv—but his talents do not lie in music. Inexplicably, during the American run of the show, Drew Carey's favorite game was Hoedown (his excitement at it visibly irritated Ryan Stiles at times), meaning it was performed very often. Mochrie didn't even try to sing most of the time, rhyming in a sort of chant. However, he gleefully subverted the format several times—in one about the lottery, saying he didn't care anymore, speaking briefly in tongues, running around the studio, and hugging an attractive audience member; another time, in a callback to an earlier gaffe with his microphone's battery, mouthing words but saying nothing, ending in "my battery pack!"; and once ending a hoedown verse about a traumatic event in "I lost the ability to rhyme" (which did not, obviously, rhyme with the previous line).
    • On the other hand, however, many of the other stars on the show, particularly Greg Proops, do this so often and easily that subverting a profane rhyme is called "Pulling a Greg" in the fan community. Example:
      The other day my girlfriend said 'Greg, you wanna thrill'?
      She took me to a bridge at the bottom of a hill.
      She tied the rope to my leg and I ran out of luck.
      For when she pushed me off that bridge, I just yelled out 'wow'."
      • Drew did it at least once: "I hope soon that I get out all my stitches / 'Cause let me tell you, brother, they hurt like sons of guns."
      • Drew also inverted it in the "Children" Hoedown:
        I don't pay alimony, I don't pay child support,
        I don't pay nothing of no kind of that sort,
        I get to keep all the money that I'm paid,
        How can you have any children if you never ever get l(BEEP)—hey!"
      • No less a performer than Robin Williams once used the above cheer in a game of Props.
      • Used by Ryan in an Irish Drinking Song:
        And there I'll open a business,
        And I will get real rich,
        I am so happy
        I'll leave that old...Oh, hidey hidey...
      • Wayne Brady pretends to read a poem from an imaginary book:
        My teacher was beautiful, a beautiful lass.
        But I was embarrassed in front of the class.
        I would sit in the back because I was quite a loner.
        And then I - oh!
    • During an Irish Drinking Song, Colin is set up to say a line that rhymes with trucker, but instead he just smiles and says nothing. Both he and the audience know what he could have said.
  • This was a gag about Once per Episode in Up Pompeii where one of the characters, an extremely virginal young man would compose odes to his current crush which would suggest an obviously bawdy rhyme which was invariably subverted.
  • The limerick version popped up again in Boy Meets World
    Cory: There once was a boy named Cory.
    >Eric: Who now has an interesting story.
    Cory: He learned about kissing.
    Eric: And all he was missing...
    Shawn: When he and Topanga made out!
    Cory: Shawn, can we say "summer school"?
  • The Amanda Show had an example of this, when a boy in a classroom full of superpowered kids had the power of super rhyming.
    Teacher: Alright, get out of class!
    Student: Oh no, my dad's gonna kick my—
    Teacher: Be quiet!
  • The Kids in the Hall had a song called Daves I Know, where the final line of almost every verse breaks the rhyme AND meter.
    Some of them are David
    But most of them are Dave
    They all have their own hands
    And they come from different Moms
  • 30 Rock has the novelty song,
    Werewolf Bar Mitzvah!
    Spooky! Scary!
    Boys becoming men,
    Men becoming wolves!
  • On The Muppet Show, during the Loretta Lynn episode, Fozzie, Scooter, Annabelle, and Link Hogthrob sing what's supposedly "The Rhyming Song". As might be expected, none of the lines in the verses rhyme. (They're also disjointed, but that's another story.)
  • From the opening of Comic Relief V:
    Robin Williams: (rapping) We wanna raise some money
    we'll work around the clock
    If you don't send enough
    I'm gonna have to show my... Comic Relief T-shirt!
  • The Daily Show used to have a segment called "News You Can Utilize".
  • Judge Dread's song "Big Five", which can be found here, definitely fits this trope to T.
  • The Nanny when Niles wrote a play based on his own life:
    But it doesn't matter what I'm paid,
    Because I'm finally getting—
    Six bucks an hour!
    Includes a room and shower!
  • The Two Ronnies had far too many to list them all. Particularly memorable is one of their Jehosophat and Jones songs:
    Up in the loft where the lamp-light flickers
    I lost my heart and she lost her... parasol.
    He was looking very peaky and was feeling very grotty,
    And he spent all day on Sunday sitting sadly on the potty.
    So he came along to us, the Anti-Shoddy Goods Committee,
    And we told him very plainly why he felt so ruddy sh— shocking.
  • From The Gillies Report musical sketch "Maralinga, or Wise After the Event":
    But will we act
    Upon this fact?
    This whole inquiry was a stunt!
    I've never seen a bigger...miscarriage of justice!
  • The Paul Hogan Show did a parody of The Prophecies of Nostradamus where Hoges revealed the prophecies of his ancestor which, like Nostradamus', were also in verse. One of them ran:
    The boy stood on the burning deck,
    His pockets full of crackers.
    A flame shot up his trouser leg
    And blew off both his...sandshoes.
  • Parks and Recreation: Jean-Ralphio's rapping skills seem stuck on this:
    It's K to the N to the O-P-E,
    She's the dopest little shortee in all Pawnee... Indiana.
    R to the O to the N,
    Swanson got swagger the size of Big Ben... clock.
    Yo B to the O to the double S,
    Do what he say and you'll be success...ful.
  • CSI had a non-singing one in an early episode that centered on a hockey player.
    Catherine:This guy was about pucks, bucks and...chicks.
  • MythBusters had one episode where the hosts were testing myths regarding flatulence, and were attempting to keep things tasteful, generally by using the scientific term "flatus" in place of...the common term for such. Rob Lee also avoided using said "common term", generally via Unusual Euphemism (or else via less offensive terms), but there was one time he danced around the word using this very trope:
    Rob Lee: We've all heard it: "Beans, beans, good for your heart, the more you eat, the more you", produce flatus.
  • In one episode of Adventures in Wonderland, the White Rabbit has contracted "rhymitis", which forces him to only speak in rhyme. After he's cured, he sings a song full of these, with each followed by the chorus "And you know what the best part is? It doesn't rhyme!"
  • In a skit called "Lady MADtv (a spoof of "Lady Marmalade") on MADtv: "I'm the reason MAD's back for season seven / Disagree, well boo-hoo and tough luck / 'Cause to tell you the truth, I don't give a… huh…"
  • One episode of The Slammer opens with Mr Burgess composing a text in which says this week's show contained "wit, grit and sh... surely the best act we've ever had in the history of the show".
  • The UK consumer show That's Life once did a major story on fake diet pills made from guar gum, which apart from not working caused illness and flatulence. After the company had recalled the product, the show ended its final report with a big musical number, in which an actress who had appeared in advertisements for the tablets sang "I'm so sorry that I took part, / Guar gum just made me sick!"
  • From the 2013 Academy Awards closing number, "Here's to the Losers":
    Amy Adams, Jacki Weaver, Sally Field, and Helen Hunt.
    Hathaway just took your Oscar. Don't you think that girl's a...dorable?
  • The Victor and Barry (Alan Cumming and Forbes Masson) song "Kelvinside Men" includes the following almost rhyme:
    We're known as trendy thespians,
    Some of our best friends are less well known,
    Than us.
  • One for Germans: Goethe war gut by Dutch entertainer Rudi Carrell.
  • On the last episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Fallon says that Tariq has made 130 bad rhymes. Tariq responds with
    That's right Jimmy you've got a pretty good point
    Now what do you say we rock this... place?
  • Used dramatically in the "Spooky Song" on LazyTown. "Close your eyes. Rest your head. Time to go to... boo!"
  • Magician Mat Franco uses it in his final act for America's Got Talent:
    Howie couldn't walk far, so he stepped towards the bar to tell a joke to a chick.
    But just as before he fell on the floor. She said "What a d-... despicable person!"
  • SCTV did a parody of the movie Melvin And Howard, where blue-collar Melvin Dumar picks up scraggly Howard Hughes hitching a ride. They sing "The Name Game", a pop song by Shirley Ellis.
    Howard: Let's do "Chuck"! [singing] Chuck, Chuck, Bo-buck, Banana-Fana-Fo-f— [Melvin swats him in the mouth]
    Melvin: Hey! I'm wise to that.
  • In the final episode of Canada's Worst Driver Ever host Andrew has a sort of twisted version of this. He does complete a rhyme, but instead of the rhyme being the end of it, he just sort of meanders off. This happens after Michael recites the oath of the Blue Lantern, which he had been using as a Survival Mantra, though not with much success.
    Andrew: (speaking in hushed voice with gravity) Here at the rehab center, in the dark of night, I think we'll finish this challenge, but not without a fight. They're trying their hardest... come with me. But it will freak you out. I don't know... (normal voice) if he's driving with a gout or if he's got a bad elbow or if he can't see properly, but... jeez he drives like a monkey.
  • Charlie Brooker's 2014 Wipe closed with a song, "Reasons to be Fearful 2014", with lyrics including:
    Telly actors mumbling
    No marks tumbling
    And our social order crumbling — while people snigger
    Sony facing hacking
    M Ps backing fracking
    And Clarkson facing sacking for saying n...aughty words
    • As well as:
      Brookes Newmark with a hard-on
      Boko Haram
      Her continued stardom. Jeremy Hunt
      Russell's Revolution
      Contains no solution
      He's untouched by evolution –- the ape-like... chap
  • The second verse of "One of These Things Is Not Like The Others" on Sesame Street (not always used)
Did you guess which thing is not like the others?
Did you guess which thing just doesn't belong?
If you guessed this one is not like the others,
Then you're absolutely... right.
  • A meaningful example occurs in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: in both "West Covina" and "West Covina (Second Reprise)" Rebecca and Josh get a line that seems like it will end with them declaring their love for the other, only to swap at the last second to praise the titular town instead. In Rebecca's case, this represents her denial, claiming to have moved because she wanted to live here and not to follow Josh; in Josh's case, it represents him being Master of the Mixed Message towards Rebecca.
    Rebecca: My life's about to change - oh my gosh! / 'Cause I'm hopelessly, desperately in love with... West Covina!
    Josh: It's Nirvana, it's Heaven, it's Mecca! / Yeah, I'm hopelessly, desperately in love with... West Covina!
  • In a sketch on The Lenny Henry Show, various pop stars (played by Lenny Henry) criticise his impersonations of them. "Prince", sings the following (to a Suspiciously Similar Song of "When Doves Cry"):
    I was walking in the park with my baby,
    And just as we were starting to kiss,
    Along the road came bloody Lenny Henry,
    And he began, he began to take the...
    This is when I told him to shut it

  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' "Lyre of Orpheus"
    Orpheus looked at his instrument
    And he gave the wire a pluck
    He heard a sound so beautiful
    He gasped and said O my God
  • The 1921 classic "Ain't We Got Fun" does the clean version:
    There's nothing surer
    The rich get rich and the poor get — children.
    • The second time 'round, the poor get "laid off."
  • Musical humor group The Axis of Awesome uses a standard variety in their song “What Would Jesus Do?”
    And did you give your life up
    To save humans from bad luck?
    Were you born of virgin birth
    Or did your parents... have sex?
  • Obscure British Art-pop band David Devant and his Spirit Wife and Mr Solo (the lead singers solo project) do this a LOT.
    • From 'Pimlico':
      Sometimes London don't seem too appealing
      Maybe your lover is living in Deptford.
    • From 'Slip it To me':
      And my Uncle thinks I'm barmy
      'cause I don't pack my bag and join the navy.
    • From 'Black and White'
      I woke up this morning, my head was full of rocks
      I couldn't remember the night before, I'd lost a pair of shoes
    • From 'Genius':
      This song doesn't make its own luck
      'cause this song doesn't give a flying family planning clinic.
    • Furthermore the lead singer sometimes changes the lyrics which actually do rhyme when performing live. For instance 'Do you have plans in your head, you wish they'd all go drop dead' becomes 'Do you have plans in your head, you wish they'd fuck off and die'.
  • Morrissey has the song "I Have Forgiven Jesus", which features this refrain:
    Monday: Humiliation
    Tuesday: Suffocation
    Wednesday: Condescension
    Thursday: Is pathetic
  • "Brass Monkey" by Beastie Boys:
    We got the bottle you got the cup
    Come on everybody let's get
    Brass Monkey
    That funky Monkey
  • From Madvillain's "Great Day"
    Spit so many verses, sometimes my jaw twitches
    One thing this party could use is more...booze
    • Then subverted as the song continues:
      Put yourself in your own shoes
      And stay away from all those pairs of busted Timbs you don't use
  • Tommy Tutone's memetic hit "Jenny (867 5309)" features this little gem
    Jenny, Jenny, you're the girl for me
    You don't know me but you make me so happy
    • Tommy Heath's awkward pause right before delivering the "happy" line really makes it.
  • A double subverted lyric with different words than you'd think - Hieroglyphics' Throw it in Ya Grill:
    A little bit of this is all I need
    Can't wait to get home and smoke some salmon
    Throw it in ya grill, then called my seed (scene?)
    And when the street lights go off, we're jammin
  • From the "Weird Al" Yankovic song "I'm So Sick of You":
    You don't have an ounce of class
    You're just one big pain in the neck
    • And from Al's not-officially-released track "Still Billy Joel to Me":
      It's a big hit isn't it
      Even if it's a piece of junk
  • From Daphne and Celeste's cover of "School's Out"
    "Sitting in Class
    Is a pain in the neck''
  • Alice Cooper:
    • I Love America:
      I love my bar and I love my truck
      I'd do most anything to make a buck
      I love a waitress who loves to...flirt!
      They're the best kind
    • "Working Up A Sweat":
      The bandages come off today
      Really feelin' sick
      The hardest part's explainin'
      All these blisters on my...NOSE!
  • The MC Lars song "Internet Relationships":
    Let me send you pics for your personal collection
    I hope they inspire you and give you
    • And his "Space Game":
    And I'm from Mars, and she's from Venus
    She has ovaries and I have a...light saber
  • Stephen Lynch loves doing this in his songs.
    • "If I Were Gay":
      "And if I were gay
      We would tear down the walls
      But I'm not gay
      So won't you stop cupping my...hand!"
    • "Vanilla Ice Cream":
      "Just don't take it personally
      This is no attack
      But we will never last because
      I'm white and you are — also white..."
    • And in his El Ray Performance...
      "I thought college life was great.
      Ed couldn't count from one to two."
    • And in "Gynecologist":
      When your legs are open, I begin the gropin'
      But I fear I must be blunt
      I would just as soon not go near your balloon
      I think that I'll stick to your. . . front.
      • Double-Subverted, as it is a rhyme. Just not the one everyone thought it would be.
      • And triply-subverted in some of his Live performances (including the CD recording for Superhero), as he states that "I would never say "cunt" to an audience... ever!"
      • Also, from the same song: he "loves pu...tting womens' minds at rest".
    • "Whittlin' Man":
      Yeah, he'd whittle if it's light, he'd whittle if it's dark
      And if Noah was around, well, he'd whittle him an ark
      He'd whittle something new, and he'd whittle something old
      He'd whittle something hot, and he'd whittle something rather chilly...
  • Inverted in the infamous Rebecca Black song Friday, where almost none of the lyrics rhyme, but she managed to rhyme "bowl" with "cereal", and "Friday" with "excited" and "today."
  • Benny Bell's infamous song "Shaving Cream"; depending on the performance you witness, it has anywhere from 8 to hundreds of verses all in the form:
    Our baby fell out of the window
    You'd think that her head would be split.
    But luck was with her that morning —
    She fell in a big pile of shhhhhhhhhhhhh—
    —SHAV-ing cream, be nice and clean
    Shave every day and you'll always look keen.
    • The Mora Träsk cover of this song, Skidvalla, substitutes ski wax for the shaving cream.
  • Inverted in the Dresden Dolls' The Jeep Song
    I guess it's just my stupid luck
    That all of Boston drives the same black fucking truck.
  • Invoked and played by Voltaire during the whole song: The Dirtiest Song That Ain't.
    Down in Carolina
    I met a girl with a nice [...]
    So I reached down between us
    And I whipped out my [...]
    Skipped right past the suckin'
    And got right down to [...]
    She turned and said: "I gotta ask,
    Would you slip it into my [...]?
  • The Assumption Song by Vito Petroccitto Jr. is entirely based on this trope.
    There was an old farmer who lived on a rock
    He sat in the meadow shaking his
    Fist at the boys playing down by the crick
    Their feet in the water their hands on their
    Marbles and playthings...
    • However, subverted at the very end of the song..
    And then he'd spread whipped cream all over her
    Cookies that she had laid out on her shelf
    If you think this is dirty you can go f*** yourself!
    • The entire thing can be heard here
  • 'Series of Dreams' by Bob Dylan has a good example. Just the opening is quoted here, but the whole song avoids the use of the expected rhyme, although several other words appear in rhyming partnership with dreams.
    I was thinking about a series of dreams
    Where nothing comes up to the top
    Everything stays down where it's wounded
    And comes to a permanent stop
    • Sneakily averted in "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream":
    I decided to flip a coin, like either heads or tails
    Would let me know if I should go back to ship or back to jail
    So I hocked my sailor's suit and I got a coin to flip
    It came up tails, that rhymes with...sails, so I made it back to ship.
    He saw an animal as smooth as glass
    Slithering its way through the grass
    Saw him disappear in a tree by a lake—
    [End of song]
  • Oscar Brand's "Clean Song" is probably familiar to devotees of Dr. Demento:
    There was a young sailor who looked through the glass
    Spied a fair mermaid with scales on her
    Island where seagulls flew over their nests
    She combed the long hair that hung over her
    Shoulders, which shook with a wriggle and twitch
    "Come on, men" I cried, "there's a beautiful
    Mermaid a-sitting out there on the rocks!"
    The men all came running and grabbing their
    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...
  • Happens in the chorus of Jonathan Coulton's "First of May", a song all about how the weather getting warmer in springtime means you can have sex outside.
    'Cause it's the first of May, first of May
    Outdoor fuckin' starts today
    So bring your favourite lady
    Or at least your favourite lay
    The water's not cold, baby, dip in your big toe
    Maybe I'll see you in flagrante delicto
    Grass below you, sky above
    Celebrate spring with a crazy little thing called...
    Fuckin' outside
  • 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.
  • Judy Pancoast wrote a children's song "Seven Words that Make Kids Laugh", that was based on this.
    There's seven words that make kids laugh, I'm not allowed to say them.
    And if I put them in my songs, the radio won't play them.
    I think that you can figure out what some of them might be.
    I'll have to tell you later 'cause now I have to—
    Oh, seven words, seven words, get the party started.
    Seven words. Hey, did you smell that. I think somebody—
  • 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
    • Replace "seas" with the intended rhyme "way," and remember that Brian May's a Ph.D in astrophysics...and the song begins to make more sense.
    • On the other hand, in Good Company...
      Soon I grew, and happy, too
      My very good friend and me
      We'd play all day with Sally J.
      The girl from number four
  • 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,
    [audience laughter]
    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 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":
    You scream,
    I scream,
    Everybody scream
    For morphine
  • 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 racists 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!
    • His anti-April Fools' Day song "The Most Annoying Day of the Year":
      Vicious wind-ups and cruel elaborate stunts,
      The kind of thing that just appeals to truly humourless cretins.
  • 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..."
  • 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 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' asshole.
    And I do too
    Over compensating
    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
    • They almost totally avert the trope at the end, though:
      Stand up and let's start showing
      Just where our lives are going to
  • 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 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?
      • Untitled
        We'll love him and raise him, till he finally leaves us
        What should we name him? How about Adolf.
        Little Adooooooooolf!
  • 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
    Hello operator
    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
    • Later verses include:
    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" by Tears for Fears:
    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
    • and later...
      You've just run out of luck
      I don't care what you foxhounds do...
  • 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!
    • And, of course, there's:
      She drinks until she gets plastered
      She gets drunker 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...
    Polka-dot undies!
  • 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 an obscene rhyme, only to replace it with another word, that means the same thing.
    It's metal by numbers!
    it's not arithmetic!
    John Mayer or Kelly Clarkson,
    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
    Bedlam in Afghanistan
    The Big Three self-destruct
    Jessie Jackson threatened to cut off Obama's
    Nutjobs 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
    Ask 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?"
    But me, I'd rather play Residents
    '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—
    • Another example from "Stutter Rap", in this case people expecting to hear 'nineteen'...
      Well no-one's ever seen what I mean
      From the age of n-n-n-n-n-n-thirteen
    • ...and yet again from "Stutter Rap", misdirected 'No Sleep 'til Brooklyn' lyrics:
      • The B-side of this record, Another Boring B-Side, contained this double example, where the first averted rhyme becomes the set-up for the second:
    If the A-side makes a hit
    We don't care if this is missed
    'Cause the sooner 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
    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' 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 to 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,
    (instrumental line)
  • 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 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 shit on the wall, how did you even do that, what the fff-
    -favorite tiny cat, you're my favorite tiny cat...
  • 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...
    • Spoofed with "The Battle of Kookamunga" by Homer and Jethro. The missing word is not a profanity, though it would make the song racier.
      We kept real still and we had our eyes a-glued
      We saw how they were dressed, they were swimming in the- well now...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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!
    • Also the chorus:
    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
    All across the hipster universe (I didn't say world)
  • "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:
    A: 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
    Dark, scary
    Lonely walkin' through the park
    And it's foggy
    Cold and smoggy
    I hear a dog
    A how-a-lin' doggy
    I'm scared
    Shoulda brought my shotgun
    Woulda, shoulda
    But I ain't got one
    So I watch my back
    Hey, what's that?
    The caretaker
    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
    • Zevon's "Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me" plays this trope straight.
      I met a girl in the Rainbow Bar
      She asked me if I'd beat her
      Then she took me back to the Hiatt House
  • "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 these verses:
    Fact and fantasy united as one
    Real power stems form the barrel of a pen
  • An example from Art Brut's "Ice Hockey" where Eddie Argos sings;
    My time on earth was a lot of fun
    But the adventure has only just started
  • Dead Kennedys' cover of "I Fought the Law" does this at the outset, mostly to starkly contrast their modified version of the lyrics from the original's:
    Drinkin' beer in the hot sun
    I fought the law and I won
    I needed sex and I got mine
    I fought the law and I won
  • The W.A.S.P. song "Blind In Texas" has this verse:
    Raisin' hell in Austin, just after sundown
    when the hoosegow police decided to come 'round.
    They said, "What's the matter with you?
    Whatcha tryin' to do?"
    I looked at the man, and I said...
    (Blackie's obvious response isn't censored, but simply omitted as the song moves along to the chorus.)
  • From Bela Fleck's "The Message":
    Taxes for the poor, none for the rich
    People starving in America, now ain't that a bummer
  • "Fish" by Craig Campbell:
    I had everything we needed in the back of my truck
    Turns out my baby loves to...
    Fish, she wants to do it all the time
    Early in the morning, in the middle of the night
    She's hooked and now she can't get enough
    Man, that girl sure loves to fish
  • "Beat Up Guitar" by the Hooters [The Frankford El is an elevated train line in Philadelphia. The couplet is older than the song, being used in jumprope rhymes years before the song was released.]:
    Oh you can't get to Heaven on the Frankford El
    Cause the Frankford El goes straight to Frankford
  • Inverted in "Whiskey's Gone" by the Zac Brown Band:
    Well I stumble my way into my local bar
    Where I saw the devil in my glass
    The bartender told me it was time to go
    I told him that he could lick my sack
  • In the L33tStr33t Boys song, "Lady And The Trap"
    A J-pop song comes on we start to rock (wo-oh)
    She reached up my leg to grab my...hand (wo-oh)
  • Eminem skirts this in "Criminal":
    I drink more liquor to fuck you up quicker
    Than you wanna fuck me up for saying the word...(left unsaid since he's white)
  • Combined with Rhyming with Itself in Cracker's "Ms. Santa Cruz County":
    The blue ladies rode the bikes
    And what they were, we assumed, rhymed with bikes
  • Two examples from Eric Bogle:
    • "Plastic Paddy":
    "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" and "The Mountains of Mourne"
    In his search for Celtic chiché, the man has left no stone unturned
    'Til he embarks upon the harp that once through terraced halls
    Accompanying himself on the Bodhrán, which takes a lot of...courage.
    • "World Cup Fever":
    And when some stupid damn committee gave the match to Melbourne City
    Though it made us all feel quite...annoyed, we didn't cause a fuss.
  • From the Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers song "Counterclockwise"
    Well the gringo boys got their dark sunglasses
    And the girls on the beach are all shaking their fingers
    'Cause no matter how dark the lenses they can see
    That the eyes and the minds of the boys are somewhere they ain't supposed to be.
  • There's one from Anthony and Those Other Guys: Thormas Time
    Thormas Time
    Is in its prime
    That rhyme really sucked
    But if thou doth not sacrifice
    Then thine life will be fff-false and meaningless
  • Rappy Mcrapperson's song, "Curse In your Verses", is all about how he cusses too much, yet doesn't contain a single cuss. This is as close as it gets:
    Saying swears a whole lot, not a little bit
    Cursing in my verses, cause I don't give a whaaat!
  • MF Doom is fond of doing this. Just one of many examples:
    As a few good men set sights to link with your chick
    You have to find a new hen fight to drink your liq'
    Ten years later, see how Enzyte'll shrink your...wallet
  • 1960s group Doug Clark & the Hot Nuts does this in their Double Entendre-loaded "Hot Nuts Theme #1"
    Well roses are red and ready for plucking
    And girls out of high school are ready
The fact that it is subverted makes this possibly one of the cleanest lines in the song.
  • 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?
  • 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 Shit" 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.
  • 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
  • Gratuitous 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) poo-poo
  • "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.
    • Last four lines in "Straßenbahn fahr'n", repeating the verse:
      Straßenbahn fahr'n ist schön,
      Ich könnte immer wieder Straßenbahn fahr'n geh'n.
      Straßenbahn fahr'n ist heiß,
      Das eenzsche, was mich stört, das ist das Personenbeförderungsentgelt.
    • "Cowboy":
      Er kaut an einem Stückchen Wurst,
      Da überkommt ihn großer Flüssigkeitsbedarf.
  • Danny Kaye's "D-O-D-G-E-R-S Song" about a game between the Dodgers and the Giants:
    At the bag he beats the tag,
    That mighty little waif.
    And umpire Conlan cries, “You’re out!”
  • From Brentalfloss' "3DS Streetpass With Lyrics":
    And to whoever's next, I'll write up some text
    To my heart's content
    But since there's only sixteen letters, it says:
    "Hi, my name is B"
  • Victoria Justice and Elizabeth Gillies' "Take a Hint":
    Liz: I don't want to be a priss, I'm just try'na be polite
    But it always seems to bite me in the–
    Victoria: Ask me for my number, yeah, you put me on the spot...

    Get your hands off my hips, 'fore I'll punch you in the lips
    Stop your staring at my... Hey!
    Take a hint, take a hint!

  • Every verse in the song "The Bumblebee Invaded a Nudist Colony" is about the bumblebee stinging one of the nudists, but it cuts to the refrain before stating which body part the bumblebee stung.

    Big Fat Bill was naked as he could be
    He was happy to be living in the colony
    Then he got tired and laid in the grass
    And the bumblebee stung him on his big fat—
  • Frankie Ballard's "It All Started with a Beer" is an unusual variant, in that the subverted word comes first:
    You weren’t shooting whiskey, just shooting the shhh…
    I paid the tab, we walked out the door, and I remember thinking "this was it"
  • Lampshaded in Twenty One Pilots' "Stressed Out":
    I wish I found some better sounds no one's ever heard
    I wish I had a better voice that sang some better words
    I wish I found some chords in an order that is new
    I wish I didn't have to rhyme every time I sang
  • "Walkin' Blues," made famous by Fluffy Hunter and the Jesse Powell Orchestra, is nothing but this trope. From 1951.
    I got a man who likes to hunt the buck
    I got a man who likes to hunt the buck
    When he comes home in the morning all he wants to do is — walk right in, walk right out...
  • From Flight of the Conchords' "Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenocerous"
    They call me the Hiphopopotamus
    Flows that glow like phosphorous
    Poppin' off the top o' this esophagus
    Rockin' this metropolis
    I'm not a large water-dwelling mammal
    Where did you get that preposterous hypothesis?
    Did Steve tell you that, perchance?
    Hmph... Steve...
  • Herbert Grönemeyer in "Currywurst": "Auf dem Hemd, auf der Jacke, Mensch das ist doch ne...note ...alles voll Currywurst!"
  • Marius Müller-Westernhagen in "Mit Pfefferminz bin ich dein Prinz": "An der Macht da sind die Weißen, darauf reimt sich schschsch..." note 
  • Gebrüder Blattschuss in "Kreuzberger Nächte": "Das ist so krank wie meine Leber, sag ich barsch – Die zwölf Semester war'n doch nicht so ganz...umsonst!" note 
  • Flanders and Swann: "Satellite Moon" ends with one, because the original, rhyming ending ("And the girl in my arms... is a boy") was judged too controversial at the time.

    Musical Theater 
  • Variation from the musical Altar Boyz: The song is about waiting until marriage to have sex. The line rhymes, but it's still not the word that the audience might be expecting:
    So 'till then, I'll have to own fate.
  • "Fie on Goodness" in the musical Camelot contains the following lines:
    Ah, my heart is still in Scotland
    Where the lasses woo the best
    On some bonny hill in Scotland
    Stroking someone's bonny...

    Fie on Scotland, fie!
    Fie on Scotland, fie!
  • In the musical My Fair Lady, Eliza causes pandemonium at the Ascot races by shouting, "Come on, Dover! Move your bloomin' arse!" Shortly afterwards, Freddie is about to rhyme "farce" by repeating her words when Mrs. Pearce interrupts him.
    • Later, Eliza sings in "Without You":
      You, dear friend, who talk so well,
      You can go to
      Hertford, Hereford, and Hampshire.
    • Higgins' "Why Can't the English" has a very subtle one:
      In France, every Frenchman
      Knows his language from A to Zed
      (The French don't care what they do actually
      As long as they do it in bed pronounce it properly.)
  • A clean example is used in the musical of The Wedding Singer:
    Julia: So you're back where you started,
    On your way to success.
    Will you sing at my wedding?
    A beat.
    Robbie: NOOOOOOOO.
    • Actually, this is a Double Subversion, because it does rhyme, just not where you think it will.
  • The subversion still rhymes (of course it rhymes, it's Sondheim) but Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street teeters over the edge of profanity in Mrs. Lovett's song "The Worst Pies In London":
    Mrs. Lovett: Is that just revolting,
    All greasy and gritty?
    It looks like it's moulting,
    And tastes like...
    Well, pity
    A woman alone...
    • At the very end of the show, Todd and Mrs. Lovett are singing a reprise of "A Little Priest": "Life is for the alive, my dear, / So let's keep living it, really living it—" and then Todd flings her into the oven, making the implied, but never sung, last line "in here!"
  • Although it's not used for comedic effect, Company features one in Poor Baby:
    There's no one
    In his life,
    Robert ought to have a woman...
    • There's another one that is used for comic effect at the end of Barcelona, the morning after Bobby and April have slept together and she is getting ready to leave to be on a flight to Barcelona. Bobby makes the usual false pleas that she stay, clearly wanting nothing more than to go back to sleep, leading to this exchange:
    April: That's not to say
    That if I had my way...
    Oh, well...I guess...okay!
    Bobby: What?
    April: I'll stay!
    Bobby: But...oh God!
  • In another bit of Sondheim's cleverness, in "Maybe They're Magic" from Into the Woods the word "bean" is telegraphed:
    Baker's Wife: There are rights and wrongs and in-betweens,
    No one waits when fortune intervenes.
    And maybe they're really magic,
    Who knows?
    • Until it becomes the last line of the song:
    Baker's Wife: Only three more tries,
    And we'll have our prize,
    When the end's in sight you'll realize,
    If the end is right,
    It justifies the beans!
  • In a reversal of this trope's conventional use, "Feelings," from the Bock and Harnick musical The Apple Tree: after Eve sings at some length about how nervous and dreamy she gets around Adam, she concludes with:
    Is there a source for this congestion
    That I must learn to rise above?
    Is there a name for this condition?
    Yes, there's a name, and it is hell!
  • From a sanitized version of "Beauty School Dropout" in a junior high production of Grease:
    Well, they couldn't teach you anything; you think you're such a looker,
    But no customer would go to you unless she was a...fool!
  • "When the Idle Poor Become the Idle Rich" from Finian's Rainbow:
    And when all your neighbors are upper class
    You won't know your Joneses from your Astors.
    When we're in the dough and off of the nut,
    You won't know your banker from your butler.
  • In the Lippa version of The Wild Party, Burrs sings in "Make Me Happy" (while waving a loaded pistol):
    We've got a situation:
    Shit or get off the pot!
    Whaddaya say? You wanna give her away
    Or do you wanna get—
    On your knees?
  • In The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan, Katisha is trying to reveal to the chorus that Nanki-Poo is the son of the Mikado, but she keeps getting interrupted: "No minstrel he, despite bravado! He is the son of..."; "I'll spoil your gay gambado! He is the son of..."; and so on. Fortunately for Nanki-Poo, the chorus is Genre Blind enough that they don't realize that the word that keeps getting cut off must be "Mikado".
  • "They Couldn't Compare To You" from Out Of This World:
    Mercury: There was Mélisande,
    A platinum blonde
    (How I loved to ruffle her locks).
    There was bright Aurora,
    Then Pandora,
    Who let me open her—
    Chorus Girls (not half a beat too late): They couldn't compare to us!
  • In Curtains, near the end of the song "It's a Business", after using several inappropriate words without qualms:
    Carmen: Yes, green's my favorite color,
    And I don't mean on the grass
    It's a business.
    And the shows I do do business,
    And I'm good at doin' business,
    And if you don't like my business, sweetie,
    Blow it out your...
    Guys: Business!
    • Played with in the song "Thataway". The script offers this line to alternate with the original or be used in its place for younger productions.
    Cowboys: What's that music?
    What's that dance?
    What's that stirring?
    It's romance!
    • The original line?
    Cowboys:What's that stirring?
    In my pants?
  • It's not exactly a rhyme, since it's just the same word over and over again, but from The Book of Mormon:
    "Here's the butcher! He has AIDS! Here's the teacher! She has AIDS! Here's the doctor! He has AIDS! Here's my daughter! She has Aaaaaaaa wonderful disposition..."
  • Wicked:
    • During Elphaba's birth in "No One Mourns the Wicked":
    I see a nose!
    I see a curl!
    It's a healthy, perfect, lovely little - (her father and the midwife realize she's green and start screaming)
    • Also, earlier in the song...
    Galinda: Let us rejoicify that goodness could subdue / The wicked workings of you-know-who / Isn't it nice to know? / That good will conquer evil? / The truth we all believe'll by and by / Outlive a lie / For you and...
    Villager 1: No one mourns the Wicked!
    Villager 2: No one cries: "They won't return!"
  • The song "Random Black Girl" from "Homemade Fusion" by Kooman and Dimond:
    The designers can't light me
    Director don't know my name
    And the makeup artists think
    We all wear the same shade
    And Mr. Stage Manager thinks I got too much sass
    And the costumer don't know what to do with my big, oh!
  • In The Unsinkable Molly Brown, the last rhyming word in every chorus of "Belly Up To The Bar, Boys" except the last is conveniently interrupted in "Miss Susie" fashion, e.g.
    Belly up,
    Belly up to the bar, boys,
    Better have a few more.
    Never whirl with a three-toed girl
    Or a discontented wh—
    Horrible example, like the girl whose name was Carrie...
  • Daniel Rabinovitch, from Les Luthiers, does this in "Vote A Ortega".
    ¡Ortega, amigo, el pueblo está con usted!note 
  • The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) has this rhyme:
    I'm Salomé, that is my name
    I am an evil lass
    Boys love the way I dance all night
    They always grab my mule.

  • A The Now Show example from someone other than Mitch; Marcus Brigstocke's Dr Seuss poem about the Copenhagen summit has Gordon Brown taking a stand:
    He suggested the EU should lead from the front
    So the Mail and Telegraph called him something very unpleasant indeed
    • Laura Shavin:
    Twenty years ago, John Gray, a genius,
    Wrote Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus,
    A book all about the differences between us,
    And he didn't say it was just that men have got...a's Radio 4...not sure we can say penis.
  • At least one Abbott and Costello radio episode featured these.
  • Played straight and subverted on How Green Was My Cactus when Little Johnny Howler and John Fosters (the Cactus Island counterparts of Liberal party politicians John Howard and John Elliot) appeared as The Two Johnnies, and Fosters demonstrated that he had no understanding of what actually made the gag work:
    Fosters: A brawl broke out outside Parliment House last night, during which Seanator Ros Kelly was punched in the belly...
    Howler: ...the Honorable Barry Jones broke a few bones...
    Fosters: ...and Senator Steele Hall was kicked in the carpark. (pause) Shouldn't that have been 'balls'?
  • In one episode of Just a Minute the panellists were given the topic "Why poems should rhyme". After the subject changed hands several times, Rick Wakeman finished it with the following (in the rhythm of a limerick):
    There once was a man from Dundee
    Who was stung on the leg by a wasp.
    When asked if it hurt,
    He said not very much,
    It can do it again, if he likes.
(Variants on this limerick have been attributed to a number of comedians, including WS Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan fame. So this one was written 'about a century since'.)
  • In an episode of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Mrs Trellis celebrated the release of ISIHAC: The Official Limerick Collection by sending in a limerick of her own, which she wanted Humph to be the first person to read out loud:
    There was a young woman from Sloughnote 
    Who was laid in bed with a cough
    She wasn't to know It would last until now
    Let's hope that the poor girl pulls through

    Standup Comedy 
  • German comedian Otto Waalkes loves this trope. Sometimes it falls under this trope, sometimes not. An example would be the kick into the "Eieieiei...eingeweide".note 
  • Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden's act includes Barry singing about how he wants to be a mime, and describing all the things he would mime, until...
    I can paint a picture,
    Just like Jackson Pollock's.
    Till suddenly I realise,
    It's all a complete waste of time.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In the Pathfinder module We Be Goblins, the four preset characters each have a little four-line song to them. The Cleric's is a bit...different.
    Poog say Zarongel is the best
    He help burn things and heal the rest
    Zarongel’s favor makes Poog blessed
    And Poog also stab you with knife if you make fun of how he isn’t good at riding animals.

  • From the play Saturday's Children by Maxwell Anderson:
    Florrie: It's vain of its face
    It's vain of its figger
    It's just fat enough
    But it mustn't get - larger
    Willy: Rhyme it you dancing fool, rhyme it!
    Florrie: Um - it never uses bad words.
  • Used in the "Othello Rap" from The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged):
    Now Othello loved Desi like Adonis loved Venus.
    And Desi loved Othello
    'Cuz he had a big...SWORD!
    • Even before that, they've already pulled a similar trick:
    Their fate pursues them, they can't seem to duck it,
    (pause) And then in Act 5, they both kick the bucket.
  • Used by Shakespeare himself in Hamlet:
    Hamlet: (singing) For thou dost know, O Damon dear,
    This realm dismantled was
    Of Jove himself; and now reigns here
    A very, very—pajock.
    Horatio: You might have rhymed.
  • A Stanley Holloway monologue has this line:
    And was George afraid? Yes, he was and he run,
    And he hid there in one of the ditches,
    While the Dragon, the pig, ate his ferrets and pup,
    Aye, best of his prize-winning er - she dogs.
  • In Funny Girl, "Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat" has Fanny Brice sing as "Private Schvartz from Rockaway" (whose vocabulary has just been shown to include "bagels" and "tzimmis"):
    I'm through and through
    Red, white and bluish—
    I talk this way
    Because I'm British! (Cue 4 bars of "Rule Brittania")

  • Skelanimals:
    • Ellie's story:
    The natives grabbed their spears, tired of her sass.
    They let her have it and stabbed her in the... tail.
    • Foxy's story:
    But one run too many she found herself trapped.
    Now she’s displayed in a museum with all sorts of... animals.
    • Tristan's story:
    But he forgot there was one more obstacle: A pit.
    And he fell inside, and was covered in... stuff.

    Video Games 
  • In World of Warcraft the Forsaken have completely subverted a traditional rhyme with,
    Roses are grey
    Violets are grey
    I'm dead
    And colorblind.
  • In Banjo-Tooie, Jamjars, who teaches you moves, does so in a rhyming style (specifically he's singing to the tune of that "I don't know but I've been told" song, he is a drill sergeant after all). Sometimes, he ends up rhyming the button names, which, while always rhymed in the original version, often did not rhyme in the Xbox Live Arcade version. You'd have the same problem if you played the original game in the US—Jamjars at one point rhymes the Z button with "red," which works in the UK—where "Z" is pronounced "Zed"—but not the US, where it's pronounced "Zee."
    • Gruntilda, who spoke entirely in rhyming couplets all throughout Banjo-Kazooie, is told by her sisters near the beginning of Banjo-Tooie to knock off the annoying rhyming already, at which point she says "Oh, very well, then." and stops for the rest of the game.
  • In Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Shantotto always speaks in rhyme during her cutscene.
    Yuffie: That's the way things go, you know. Without luck, you're...Uh, okay, moving on!
  • In Left 4 Dead, there is a room full of graffiti which includes
    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    You suck
  • Destroy All Humans!: I'm a poet and I know it not! Oh, Arkvoodle....
  • In RuneScape, you can get a rune pouch repaired by Wizard Korvak, who already went mad from the revelation. When you get it repaired, he drops this little gem.
    Korvak: Magic makes me happy, magic makes me glad, magic makes the voices quiet, and nothing rhymes with purple.
    • There's also Bard Roberts' shanty, recapping the "Great Brain Robbery" quest: "Mi-Gor tried to stop your heart's pace / Your foe's arm part anchor, part mace / Struck without delay / But him ye did slay / made him look a total...[beat]...moron."
  • The Pac-Man ghosts: Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, a clue for one sidequest reads as follows:
    You are my hen, the mistress of my flock. You nourish my body, and tend to my...rooster.
  • In The Curse of Monkey Island, there's a point where Guybrush Threepwood has to subvert the rhymes of his crew.
    Guybrush: We'll surely avoid scurvy if we all eat an orange.
    Haggis: And...!
    Bill: Well...
    Edward: ...err...
    Bill: Door hinge?
    Edward: No, no...
    Bill: Guess the song's over, then.
    Haggis: Guess so.
    Edward: Okay, back to work.
    Guybrush: Well, gee. I feel a little guilty, now.
  • In one part of SBCG4AP: Baddest of the Bands, the player has to help Homestar fill in the words to his song by directing him to food items. However, one of them doesn't pan out as expected:
    Homestar: Bleu cheese or ranch. We can dine in, or we can take it to go.
    Our food-related love makes me all tipsy, kinda queasy, like a...
    [Strong Bad points to the escargot]
    [Record Needle Scratch] Homestar: Plate of snails?! That...doesn't rhyme...
    • This is subverted (double subverted?) if you beat the scene: "go" is rhymed with "merlot", and "snails" ends up being rhymed with "fails".
  • Fawful in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story delivers this gem:
    Fawful sings a song of bad.
    Mushroom Kingdom is so sad.
    All of it is for Fawful
    and the...rhyme with...that.
  • In the 2011 edition of You Don't Know Jack, one of the commercials / sponsors is for a rhyming dictionary where the voice over consistently fails to rhyme any of his lines.
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 provides us with the following gem, in a poem about the sheep of Gran Pulse titled "The Melancholy of the Lambs:"
    It's hard to be sheep
    out here on the plain,
    Avoiding the hunters
    is such a terrible strain.
    Oh, I wish that once
    I could munch on some grass
    Without a man coming to pull
    a tuft from my...side.
  • In Are We There Yet? the puzzle for one of the Michigan tourist attractions, a red flannel factory, is a word search where a couplet is given after finding a piece of underwear; for example, "I see gallons, I see quarts; I see someone's BOXER SHORTS." Instead of a couplet, the response to a particular undergarment is "A BULLETPROOF VEST???" Another set of puzzles concerning the return of Hinckley, Ohio's buzzards consists of a cryptogram which translates to:
    Buzzard buzzard in the tree
    I hate the way you stare at me
    I wish you good I wish you well
    I wish you'd fly straight to

    Followed by a different kind of puzzle which gives the answer "Iowa."
  • In Child of Light, everyone speaks in rhyme, save for the jester Rubella. Aurora and Igniculus constantly correct her when she goes off-script.
  • In Fairy Maids the Tale Tale Tribune contains rhyming ads for the houses you have to clean. The one for the Dark Knight's house is a little...different.
    The Dark Knight is as rotten within as the inside of his castle. He's really quite an awful man - in short, he's a big jerk.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a Korok sends you on quests with mostly rhyming riddles, until you get to...
    Its scales and tail will zap you, no doubt!
    This shocking swimmer is called

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • The trope title itself is an example. If you don't get it...we can wait.
  • Cake Wrecks does it twice in the description of a wedding cake that appears to have sperm on it First "Roses are red, / Butterflies are blue, / Um... / Pardon me, but are those sperm on your wedding cake?" and then in Poem Option #3: Roses are red / And cake can be pretty. / How sad for you, 'cause yours looks all...[eyeing children]...unpleasant.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series
    • Lampshaded in the duel against the rhyming Paradox Brothers.
    Para: We are villains who like to rhyme...
    Dox: In fact, we do it all the time.
    Para: You may think it's rather crass...
    Dox: But you can stick your cards right up your nose.
    Para: You were supposed to say "ass," brother. I thought we rehearsed this.
    • Also played straight in the second Christmas special:
      The Pharoh awoke the very next day,
      Wearing an outfit that made him look...uh, handsome.
    • And in "LEATHER PANTS~"
      Marik: We don't want vinyl or chinos or briefs / I am a criminal and he is a thief / and we are hot / hot, hot hot / we are quite sexy.
      Bakura: Marik, that doesn't quite rhyme.
      Marik: SHUT UP I AM LADY GAGA!
  • A cult YouTube video parodies the Nickelback song Rockstar with new lyrics lampooning pop singers such as Britney Spears and Ashlee Simpson:
    I'm gonna dress myself without an ounce of class,
    Gonna make the boys all drool and stare at my...glasses
  • Used cleverly on multiple occasions in Commentary! The Musical, the musical commentary to Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog:
    Ten Dollar Solo. Not bad so far
    There's internal rhyme
    Although not every instance
    And the meter is occasionally a little bit bizarre
  • In Zero Punctuation's review of Saints Row 2:
    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    Your house is covered
    In piles of excrement
  • Similar to the above example. Laina has a nice Valentine's Day poem:
    Roses are red, Violets are blue
    Be my Valentine, I'm waiting for you
    Blood is red, bruises are blue
    Don't say no.
  • Cabel Sasser does this in Buggy Saints Row: The Musical:
    My car door's freaking out; it seems to be forever
    In the concrete barricade; I wonder how I'm ever going to drive away.
    This really isn't my day.
    Sparks are flying, people dying, metal frying,
    And I wonder if there's more to life or if I'll find that this is really it.
    This game is a piece of work.
  • In this I'm a Marvel... and I'm a DC episode with Deadpool singing: I'm sure that his power ring's a lot of fun / but can it ever really be as cool as my M16 with laser sided scope oh my GOD I love this thing.
  • Break It Down, a short skit from the people who would later form Tally Hall, includes the following plan to make a quick buck:
    "I have a better plan
    I'll marry a wealthy man."
    "Wouldn't that make you gay?"
    "Not neccesari-lay...
    ...I'll sleep in a separate bed,
    and I'll refrain from giving...
  • This video celebrating Stephen Fry reaching one million followers on Twitter.
  • Smosh
  • The Key of Awesome
    • In their parody of The Dark Knight, Alfred almost reveals Batman's identity to the Joker:
      Joker, are you busy? Let's call a truce.
      I need you to help explain the plot to...Batman.
    • They also have this verse in their parody of "California Girls":
      Nose jobs, tummy tucks
    These are the girls I like to...hang out with.
  • YouTube Poop: THE EPIC MOVIE:
    Nachos, lemon head, my dad's boat
    You won't go down 'cause my dick can EFFORT!!
  • A Very Potter Musical's "Back to Hogwarts"
    • Hermione sings:
      But let's not forget that we need to perform well
      In class if we want to pass our... OWLs.
    • And of course:
      You're tall and fun and pretty
      You're really, really skinny...
      CHO CHANG!
  • Celebrity Bric-a-Brac Theater has John Madden in the boots of Santa Claus. And we hear him exclaim as he rides out of sight:
    Merry Christmas to everybody and also goodnight to everybody!
  • Red vs. Blue Revelation
    • The soundtrack has a track called "Your Best Friend" where Caboose sings about his friendship with Church. It's full of this trope.
    ''Remember that time that I saved your life? You were happy, I could tell.
    You said something about how I was smart and I make your life a living heaven.
    We do everything together like hide and go seek, your favorite game.
    But I'm so glad that we found each other and I know you feel the identical way as me.
    • In the soundtrack for Season 9, Tucker's song "Bow Chicka Wow Wow Wow" has a variation that's something of a cross between this and Rhyming with Itself.
      I'm so alone out in this canyon
      Not one single girl in this canyon
      Or anything rhyming with canyon
      So call on me if you need a companion
    • It also has "Donut: The Musical", which is literally nothing but subversions and double entendres, sung by Ambiguously Gay and/or Camp Straight Donut. The main lyric is "Let me blow you... [uncomfortably long pause] ...away"; you can work out the rest on your own.
  • The YouTube video "Pale kid raps fast" has these lyrics:
    I'm five foot eleven of sex
    From the tip of my head to my gorgeous... knees.
  • Jib Jab does this with "The Year 2008 in Review," sung to the tune of "Miss Susie." One example:
    Baby Year 2008: Barack [sic] defeated Johnny
    So long to the far-right.
    Now McCain has many houses,
    But none of them are...
    White men got passed over,
    From Wasilla she was plucked;
    When the maverick tapped a hockey mom
    The press said, "What the..."
    Truck bombs in Islamabad;
    Bill Gates up and quit.
    Putin stuck his chest out,
    Told the Georgians to eat...
    Ships were seized by pirates,
    Ike and Gustav hit,
    Johnny's honey had a baby,
    But he said it wasn't...
    HIIIIISSS-tory's now littered
    With more famines, floods and wars.
    If there's one thing I am grateful for,
    It's that this job's now YOOOOUUUURS!
  • The Friendship is Witchcraft episode "Neigh, Soul Sister" features a couple of these in Sweetie Belle's song about the big race:
    The race has begun
    We must run fast
    Jump over the mud
    Having a good time
Making tacky jelly
Put it on your head
We're gonna win the race
Because I am a good racer!
  • The opening line of her earlier song might qualify, depending on where she was going with it:
    Just because you feel upset
    Does not mean you have to yell
  • In The Nostalgia Chick's The Lorax episode, she speaks in rhyme several times throughout, the final verse being:
    It burns me like this cheap whisky,
    Right down to my thorax.
    I'm your Nostalgia Chick,
    And I speak...for underrated Dr. Seuss books from the 1970s.
  • The Literal Music Video for Anything For Love contains the following lines as Meatloaf appears to nuzzle his head in his co-star's cleavage:
    I hope it fits
    You've got real nice...
    Where'd my make-up go?
    It must have rubbed off between
    your boobs!
  • Sporcle's Game of Thrones limerick quiz has this little ditty.
    This guy he has all the worst luck.
    He could have been quite the young buck.
    But he'll stay rather small,
    Cuz he had a bad fall,
    After seeing two Lannisters kiss.
  • Ultra Fast Pony: "I'm a poet and I didn't even realize it."
  • In the Prologue game of The Several Journeys of Reemus game, Liam the bear sings one of two short ballads at the end, depending on whether you got the "Reckless" or "Legendary" ending. The last two lines of the "Legendary" ballad fall under this trope:
    Now the townsfolk gossip about this ingenious trick
    Instead of the length of Reemus' ... hair
  • Several times in Don't Hug Me I'm Scared:
    Yellow: It's quarter to 8, there's fish on my plate
    Green: It's 20 past day, there's fish on my tray
    Yellow: It's eleven to twelve, there's fish in the bath
    Red: It's 9:30, there's fish everywhere
    Tony: There's a time and a place for mucking around!
    Green: Like birthdays!
    Red: Or camping!
    Yellow: I'm friends with my dad...

    Green: Oh look, there he goes, flying through the sky.
    Red: Maybe we should follow him, or we'll get left behind.
    Green: But there's still lots of chicken left, and I'd like to eat the chicken.
    Red: I'd also like to eat the chicken. Let's do that instead.
  • Parody artist Jon Cozart, a.k.a. Paint:
    • In "After Ever After 2", Cozart dodges the obvious rhyme for Mulan's sex change operation.
      I sank like a brick / Prince thinks I'm sick / Ice is melting quick / Now I have a ... lot of self esteem
    • In "Boy Brand", the One Direction part almost ends with a curse before being shushed.
      We all know we're beautiful / That's what makes you buy our shhhhhh...
  • "Sex Offender Shuffle":
    Charles Dolling, dropping rhymes
    I've been arrested seven times
    I know that sounds like a lot
    But three of those times were for vandalism
  • Chicken Attack by Portal A and the Gregory Brothers, starring Chicken Yodeller Takeo Ischi:
    You should know that a man with the power of nature
    Can bring you to the end of your luck
    And you should know by my stride and the look in my eye
    That you're about to be massively...
    Forced to give up!
    • Subverted later in the same song, when the lyric "massively fucked" is used.
  • Whateley Universe: In conjunction with Curse Cut Short and Last-Second Word Swap. In Blood Sister, Blood Brother:
    Miss Mary had a steamboat, the steamboat had a bell
    Miss Mary went to Heaven, the steamboat went to
    Hello operator, please give me number Nine
    And if you disconnect me, I’ll kick you from
    Behind the frigerator, there lies a piece of glass
    Miss Mary sat upon it and broke her little
    Ask me no more questions, I’ll tell you no more lies
    The boys are in the bathroom, a zipping up their
    Flies are in the city, the bees are in the park
    Miss Mary and her boyfriend are kissing in the D-A-R-K
    Dark, Dark, Dark!

    Western Animation 
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
    • Billy and Irwin sing a song like this in the episode "Go Kart 3000":
      We built this car
      All by ourselves,
      If you don't like it
      You can go to... heck!
    • There's also this classic gem.
      Sassy Cat, Sassy Cat, full of sass, full of sass, if you don't like it you can kiss her BUTT!
  • Animaniacs:
    • From "Dot's Poetry Corner".
      Dot: Beans, beans, the musical fruit.
      The more you eat, the more you get kicked off the air for finishing this poem.
    • Lampshaded in the song Here Comes Attila:
      Chorus: Come on back; farewell, Attila
      Ate three ox, and got his fill-a
      He wore shorts made of chinchilla
      His favorite ice cream was strawberry.
      Yakko: What can I say? It's not a perfect world.
  • Family Guy:
    • From "Brian Sings and Swings":
      Brian: I love the work of Allen Funt.
      Stewie: Or a nicely shaven leg.
    • And again, in "Road to Europe":
      Brian: 'Cause you get a kick out of carnage and guts.
      Stewie: And you get a kick out of stroking your—
      Brian: Whoa, whoa! You can't say that on TV.
      Stewie: What, "ego"?
      Brian: Never mind.
    • In Stewie and Brian's song at the Emmys:
      Brian: Now, The Sopranos is a show I recommend.
      Stewie: Because you never know just how it's gonna—[cut to black screen]
    • Peter does this in a scene where he is imagining he's in an '80s sitcom.
      Peter: My black son, my black son / Now everyday my heart is getting bigger / Don't even remember sleeping with that lady / But I did...
    • An ad on FX in the UK for the Christmas episode "Road to the North Pole" has this in the last lines of the advert..
      Voice-over: An all-singing, all-dancing Christmas selection / It's so good that you might get an e-xtra mince pie from mum!
  • South Park:
    • Wendy Testaburger does a version of the "Miss Susie" song in "Something You Can Do With Your Finger".
      Mrs. Landers was a health nut. She cooked food in a wok.
      Mr. Harris was her boyfriend, and he had a great big
      Cock-a-doodle-doodle, the rooster just won't quit
      And I don't want my breakfast, because it tastes like
      Shih Tzus make good house pets. They're cuddly and sweet.
      Monkeys aren't good to have, because they like to beat their
      Meeting in the office or meeting in the hall,
      The boss, he wants to see you so you can suck his
      Balzac was a writer, he lived with Allen Funt
      Mrs. Roberts didn't like him, but that's 'cause she's a
      Contaminated water can really make you sick.
      Your bladder gets infected, and blood comes out your
      Dictate what I'm saying, 'cause it will bring you luck
      And if you all don't like it, I don't give a flying fuck.
    • From "Royal Pudding"
      "The Giant" a.k.a. Scott the Giant Dick: [deep voice] FEE! FI! FO! FUM! I SMELL KRAFT DINNER!
    • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut contains the Big Gay Al song "I'm Super", which refrains from using the word "gay" until the Truck Driver's Gear Change final chorus.
    • Also from The Movie:
    When Brian Boitano traveled through time
    To the year three-thousand-ten,
    He fought the evil robot king
    And saved us all again
    When Brian Boitano built the pyramids
    He beat up Kubla Khan,
    'Cause Brian Boitano doesn't take shit from an - y bo - dy...
  • My Gym Partner's a Monkey:
    • The second verse of the theme song:
      Adam: Bull shark! Porcupine! I don't know what!
      Going to this school's a pain in the—
      Jake: Adam!
      Adam: What? I was gonna say "neck."
      Jake: Oh. That's okay, then.
    • "Animal School Musical"... in one song Jake is singing, he subverts every single rhyme. And the song is about his incapability to rhyme.
  • In the 'Dad's A Spaz' episode of Waynehead when Damey accidentally bumped the Candy Machine and Toof eats a chocolate:
    Toof: I went somewhere down the hall
    I got Chocolate on the wall
    I wipe up, To make a mess
    If it's a job, We do... Uh, we do all the time?
  • The Fairly OddParents!:
    • An episode lampshades this, with Timmy being sent to the planet Yugopotamia, which has been conquered by the Gigglepies, an alien species that wear cuteness and rhyming as a hat. When Timmy inquires to their overlord about what they will do to their planet:
    Overlord: We'll do what we always do, blow the planet up and move on to the next one! ISN'T THAT CUTE?
    Timmy: That's horrible! And it didn't rhyme!
    Overlord: [to the Gigglepies] He's on to us! GET HIM.
    • Another example comes from "Merry Wishmas"
      I didn't get what I wanted for Christmas
      Not one thing that was on my list
      Things under our tree
      That we never wanted to see
      And at Santa, we're all really... mad!
  • Garfield and Friends: 47's told in verse, except the last line which is not. Don't worry, folks, he wouldn't curse, but see the twist this cat hath...made:
    Garfield: And now, this tale I must suspend / For I have come to...the finish.
    "Fit For A King"
  • The Simpsons:
    • "30 Minutes over Tokyo":
      Homer Simpson: I once knew a man from Nantucket...
      Bart: And?
      Homer: Let's just say the stories about him are greatly exaggerated.
    • There once was a rapping tomato. That's right, I said rapping tomato. He rapped all day, from April to May...and also, guess what, it was me.
    • Also from "Fat Man and Little Boy" with its own version of 'Miss Susie' with Homer eavesdropping:
    Lisa and Jamie: [singing and rhyming] Miss Lucy had a steamboat, the steamboat had a bell. Miss Lucy went to Heaven and the steamboat went to—
    Homer: [Gasps]
    Lisa and Jamie: Hello operator, get me number 9, and if you disconnect me, I'll chop off your be—
    Homer: [more gasps]
    Lisa and Jamie: —hind the refrigerator, there was a piece of glass, Miss Lucy sat upon it and cut her big, fat-
    Homer: [gasps, then passes out]
    Lisa and Jamie: Ask me no more questions, I'll tell you no more—
    [Lisa gets hit by a spitball]
    Lisa: Ow! Spitballs!
    • And from "Bart Sells His Soul":
      Sherri and Terri: Bart sold his soul, and that's just swell,
      Now he's going straight to...
      Hello, operator, give me number nine.
    • In "Homer Loves Flanders", there's a football player named Stan "The Boy" Taylor.
    • In an early episode, Krusty's child literacy campaign is entitled "Give a hoot, Read a book!" That one takes a while to spot.
    • Have no fear, SpringShield's present!
  • The Musical Recap of ReBoot's 3rd season features these lyrics:
    Actor Dot: But Megabyte betrayed Bob and
    He threw him deep inside the pit
    The pit was closed
    and Bob was hosed
    and all that he could say was
    Actor Bob: Noooo!
  • The Maxx does this after becoming trapped in a cartoon. He speaks in rhyme throughout the entire sequence, until:
    To be first in the soil which erupts in a coil
    Of trees, vines, and grasses all brought to a boil
    Wait, it's different somehow 'cause this land isn't mine
    And my brain has been freed, I'm not thinking in...poetry stuff.
  • In The Angry Beavers episode "Yak in the Sac", the Cloud Cuckoo Lander Yak (a Tastes Like Diabetes parody to Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat) attempts to ensnare the beavers by having them speak in rhymes. Norbert is in his thrall already, but Dagget resists:
    Yak: You sure are a clever guy. Now just follow Nob and I
    Norb: Dag I think you're really neat
    I like to sit and watch you eat
    It's cold in here, turn up the—
    Dag: He—music.
    Yak: LET'S TRY AGAIN! Let's not cast blame, but this time Dag, just say your name!
    Norb: It looks like a good baguette, please give some to brother—
    Dag: Da—your name.
  • Pinky, Elymra and the Brain contains a song with these lyrics:
    A chance
    To jump in someone else's arms!
  • In the "Ghost Bride" episode of Hey Arnold! when Arnold reads the tombstone:
    Epitaph: Here lies Cynthia Snell.
    She lived her life and went straight to—
    Arnold: Huh. I can't read the rest.
  • Pinky and the Brain:
    • An episode set in medieval times with Pinky as a minstrel constantly missing obvious rhymes. In the climax Brain must choose between providing the right rhyme or completing the spell that will allow him to take over the world. Guess what he does.
    • Another episode has Brain trying to write a musical. He gets stuck trying to rhyme the word "June" despite obvious inspiration all around him. He decides to change the word to "April". Later in the episode, we hear the song he was writing, and discover that somehow he had failed to notice that he already had several dozen rhymes for "June" all sung in a row leading up to "April". And then he doesn't even bother to rhyme "April"!
  • From the Bagpuss song "The Boney King of Nowhere":
    ...Two mice came up from somewhere behind their Royal chum
    They said, Dear King
    Here is a thing
    To warm the royal...
    And stop you feeling numb
    (For the non-British: the missing word is 'bum', which means 'bottom'.)
  • Beached Az has the song sung to the stingray.
    So now you know your problem you can deal with your emotion,
    and have a better life when you return to the...sea
  • At the end of Dan Vs. "Ye Olde Shakespeare Dinner Theatre," Dan gloats over his victory thusly:
    "I've made you cry, your theatre is burnt!
    It lies in ruin, plain for all to see
    And now it seems your lesson has been learnt
    That should teach you not to mess with DAN!"
  • Beavis and Butt-Head:
    • In one episode the boys visit a cafe with a stage, and Butt-Head steps in and says some rhymes.
      There was once a man from Venus, with a rocket ship for a…uhh...wiener.
    • The episode, "At the Movies", when a cop shoots his foot and Butt-Head picks up the toes:
      This little piggy went to market,
      This little piggy stayed home,
      This little piggy had roast beef,
      And this little piggy shot a big-ass hole through his foot.
  • The Super Why! songs about Woofster has a chorus with verses that end with "strong" and "word". They don't even remotely rhyme.
  • This pops in an episode of Ruby Gloom.
    Poe: The bats will not harm you, I told them, "Let pass!" The ghouls are a problem, best watch your...
    Poe: ...Em... bottom...
  • This one in Tiny Toon Adventures, in a parody of "Casey at the Bat":
    Sylvester: Oh, somewhere in this favored land,
    the sun is shining bright.
    The band is playing somewhere,
    and, somewhere, hearts are light.
    And, somewhere, men are laughing,
    and somewhere, children shout,
    but there's no joy in Acme Acres.
    Mighty Buster has ... hit a home run!
    • Lampshaded by both Sylvester and Buster.
    Sylvester: Say! That's not the way the poem goes!
    Buster: You're expecting me to strike out? I'm the star of this show!
  • In the Futurama episode "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings," after the Robot Devil reveals that he tricked Leela into agreeing to marry him:
    Leela: That isn't what I meant!/That isn't what I signed!
    Robot Devil: You should have checked the wording in the fiiine!...priiint!
  • The "Baxter Day" song from the Arthur Christmas Special Arthur's Perfect Christmas has this— "We could just sleep late if that's what we wanted to do. We could even stay in pajamas all day and maybe eat a snack or... five."
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "Simple Ways", where Rarity falls for travel pony Trenderhoof, but Trenderhoof has a fascination with Applejack. Rarity tries to act like Applejack to win him over. We hear this gem from Trenderhoof:
      Trenderhoof: Without farm life, there'd be much disparity
      These thoughts I think with great clarity
      Apples high to the sky,
      She's the one of my eye!
      That fruit-hauling pony named... Applejack!
    • In one episode Rarity says "Without this key hidden stitch, (the headdress) is just a..." but then says "I'm trying to think of a nicer way to say 'big bummer'."
  • Steven Universe:
    • The show's Theme Tune can feel like a subverted rhyme, depending on where you mentally put the line breaks. If you break after "people of this world," the last line is "believe in Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl," and the "and Steven!" is Steven tacking himself on where he doesn't belong. But if you break after "believe in," then "Steven" rhymes perfectly. The rhythm of the song allows for either, while the title sequence visuals imply the first interpretation before the opening changes, and the second after.
    • From the episode "Coach Steven," during Pearl's song:
    And can't you see that she's out of control and over-zealous?
    I'm telling you for your own good, and not because I'm—
    (Pearl blushes, then moves on to the next line of song)
    • In "Mr. Greg", the eponymous song abruptly ends when Pearl refuses to dance with Greg:
    Greg: You're having fun!
    Pearl: More or less.
    Greg: (takes her) So dance with me, just say-
    Pearl: (pulls away) No!
  • Littlest Pet Shop (2012): The male pets have a song about how great it is being a guy (as the girls are having a girls' day out). During the song, Sunil has a hard time coming up with a rhyme in time.
    Sunil: If you're a guy,
    You can spend all your time
    In a coat and a tie
    Singing lyrics that...sound very good with the other lyrics...
    Oh, what can I say, musical theater was never my strong suit.
  • In the Thomas the Tank Engine song "Sir Topham Hatt":
    His name is Sir Topham Hatt,
    Some people say he's *ahem* stout.
  • Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero: Sashi's segment of the "North Pole Down" song.
    Yes, we're breaking out of here for Christmas!
    I won't be trapped by cages, bars, or walls!
    When I get out, I'll make the bad guys pay!
    I'll fight and punch and kick them in the... knees.
  • From Milo Murphy's Law, when the school's cheerleaders visit Milo in the hospital:
    Cheerleaders: Milo, Milo, get well soon/Your presence today was very supportive!
    Cheerleader 1: ...Yeah, we wrote that one in the hall.
  • Happens in Rocko's Modern Life as Rocko, Heffer, and Filburt are in a mishmash of fairy tales.
    Filburt: (as a giant) Fee fi fo fum... something stinks!
  • Kaeloo: Parodied in one episode when Mr. Cat is singing a rap song with words ending in "uck".
    Mr. Cat:I really couldn't give a f-
    Kaeloo: MISTER CAT!
    Mr. Cat: I meant truck! Firetruck!
  • From Bojack Horseman:
    Carolyn's Date: I'm the only albino rhino gyno I know!
    Princess Carolyn: Oh, great, you're also a wine addict!
  • The Sheep in the Big City episode "Wish You Were Shear" featured a sketch where Private Public and General Specific attempt to do a rap, but General Specific keeps getting the last word wrong.
    Private Public: If you want seconds, just say please! We'll fill your plate with macaroni and—
    General Specific: Sauce!
  • This kind of gag turned up in the Bump in the Night episode "Neat and Clean".
    Germ: Yeah, why do we wanna be neat and clean for? We're smart...
    Germ Girl: We got kind hearts.
    Germ: So what if we kinda smell like—
    Squishington: Wait!
  • Briefly discussed in the Phineas and Ferb episode "Moon Farm". At some point offscreen, the kids visited the Dead Sea and discovered a long-lost verse from the "Hey Diddle Diddle" Nursery Rhyme:
    Phineas: Hey Diddle Diddle / The cat and the fiddle / The cow jumped over the moon / Due to the moon's low gravity / The moon-jumping cow's milk produced the best-tasting ice cream ever! That last verse didn't rhyme, so they left it out in most versions. Ferb and I are going to the moon to see if it's true!

  • From a birthday card, with the last word on the inside:
    Jack wasn't nimble. Jack wasn't quick.
    He sat on your cake and burned his...corduroys.
  • Inspired by the classical nursery rhyme:
    Mary had a little lamb
    and she also had a duck,
    she put them on the mantelpiece
    to see if they would fall off
    • A similar rhyme:
    Mary had a little lamb
    She kept it very well
    One day she fed it dynamite
    And blew it all to...pieces
    • And another one
    Mary had a little lamb
    She kept it in a bucket
    And every time the lamb got out
    The sheepdog tried to...put it back in again
  • An alliterative example: A number of popular science writers are fond of describing the basic drives of all animals (including humans) as involving the "Four F's: Feeding, Fighting, Fleeing, and Reproducing."
  • Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    I'm schizophrenic
    So am I!
    • Roses are red
      Violets are blue
      I've got Multiple Personality Disorder
      And so do we!
      • Roses are red
        Violets are blue
        I've got Dissociative Identity Disorder
        For goodness' sake settle on a bloody name for what we've got already!
    • Roses are red
      Poppies are red
      The grass is all red
      • Violets aren't blue
        These poems are lazy
        Political correctness
        Is driving us mad.
      • Roses are red
        Violets are blue
        Most poems rhyme
        This one does not
    • Roses are red
      Violets are blue
      Now you know your flowers!
    • Roses are grey
      Violets are grey
      I am a dog
    • Roses are red
      Violets are blue
      This poem's too short.
      The end.
    • Roses are red
      Violets are blue
      I have a gun
      Get in the van
  • A piece of bathroom graffiti, riffing on a classic piece of bathroom graffiti.
    Here I sit,
    Came to shit,
    But my girlfriend dumped me.
  • Songs that avert naughty words in this manner are called "teasing songs". Yet another example:
    Suzanne was a lady with plenty of class
    Who knocked the boys dead when she wiggled her
    Eyes at the fellows as girls sometimes do
  • Here's a limerick:
    There once was a lady from Brunt
    Who stood in water up to her knees
    This poem doesn't rhyme yet
    But wait 'til the tide comes in
  • Another one:
    There once was an old man named Chuck
    Who loved a lady from Innsbruck
    "She's too pretty for me,"
    He said morosely,
    "But I wish I could get her to go on a nice walk down the road so we could really get to know each other."
  • A non-limerick by Trad (or his brother Anon)
    There was a young lady from Bude
    Who went for a swim in a pond
    A man in a punt
    Stuck his pole in the water
    And said "you can't swim here, it's private".
  • Or how about:
    There was a young poet of Mainz
    Whose limericks had no last lines.
    When asked why this was,
    He said "it's because
  • In a similar vein:
    There was a young man of Arnoux
    Whose limericks stopped at line two.
  • And taking this train of thought until it hits the buffers:
    There was a young man of Verdun,
  • Of course, we won't even mention the limerick about Emperor Nero.
  • Similar:
    There was a man from Rome
    Who daily composed a poem
    Try as he might
    He just couldn't quite
    Stop from putting too many words in the last line, it sounded awful.
  • Subverted rhyme, Heavy Meta, and Sophisticated as Hell:
    The limerick, peculiar to English
    Proved exceedingly hard to extinguish
    When Congress in session
    Decreed its suppression
    People got around it by writing the last line without any rhyme or meter.
  • Going with the Florence (second verse)
  • The Dragon's Lamentable Love
  • A camp song:
    Little Miss-Miss, went out to pi—
    —ck, some flowers;
    She waded in grass, up to her aaa—
    She went to the coop, to take a pooo—
    —rr, little chicken out;
    Little Miss-Miss, went out to pick, some flowers.
  • Then of course, there was the song about the 'Three Jolly Fishermen', and one verse has them,
    'All going down to Amster—SHHH!
    We must not say that naughty word;
    Must not say that naughty word;
    They all went down to Amster—SHH!!!'
    • Gleefully subverted in the next verse, however:
    'We're gonna say it anyway;
    Gonna say it anyway;
    They all went down to Amster-damn!!!'
  • There are many Russian kids' songs (made by kids, not for kids, of course) of this kind, with a varying grade of obscenity. The basic translation of one here:
    There's a statue on a rock,
    And that statue has no—
    Don't you dare to spoil my rhymes! (Note: in Russian it rhymes better)
    That one statue has no COCK!
    • Translated another one:
    Lo! The bushes are a-wagging!
    What're they doing in there? —
    Don't you dare to spoil the merries!
    There's a bear searching for berries!
    • There are also many rhymes/songs of the following type; for example:
    I'm a di—
    I'm a dignified young troper,
    I have fu—
    I have fun writing this song.
    I like boo—
    I like booze and Terry Pratchett,
    Yes, my co—
    Yes, my comment skill is huge ;)
    And my ba-
    And my badger ate a pickle.
    Then my nu-
    Then my nutball grandpa died. (What, you thought it would make sense?).
    • There are also so called "Eve Verses". A bit hard to translate (or, rather, compose new ones), but here is an attempt:
    Old Lady Jill was out of luck
    She looked for someone young
    But they were no type for romance
    They only cared for smoking crack.
  • A cheer that goes like this:
    Rah Rah Ree!
    Kick 'em in the knee!
    Rah Rah Ras!
    Kick 'em in the other knee!
    • And similarly:
    Cigarette ashes! Cigarette butts!
    We've got your team by the knees!
    • And yet again:
    We like warm beer and cold duck!
    But most of all we like to fffffffight, team, fight! (The drawn-out "fffffff" is essential for maximum amusement of the juvenile minds performing the cheer.)
  • That playground classic "Charlie had a Pigeon":
    Charlie had a pigeon,
    A pigeon, a pigeon.
    Charlie had a pigeon,
    A pigeon he had.
    It flew in the morning,
    It flew in the night,
    And when it came home
    It was covered in Sh-
    -Charlie had a pigeon...
  • 30 Days hath Septober
    April, June and No-wonder
    All the rest have peanut butter
    Except Grandma
    'Cus she rides a tricycle
  • Australian comedy group The Axis of Awesome, in their song "What Would Jesus Do?"
    Can you heal a leper
    Or feed a crowd with fish and bread?
    Can you walk on water?
    Did you rise from the dead?
    Did you give your life up to save humans from bad luck?
    Were you born a virgin birth or did your parents--have sex?
  • The Scared Weird Little Guys do a similar thing with their comedic song Christmas Day At least until the very end...
  • A Lipton ice tea commercial featuring a singing fish has a great averted rhyme.
    Now you can make a tasty dish
    'Cause tea with citrus goes great with—chicken
  • Another Mary poem:
    Mary had a little skirt,
    A slit went up its side,
    And every time she wore the skirt,
    The boys could see her thigh.
    Mary had another skirt,
    The slit went up its front,
    But she didn't wear that one very often.
  • We must not forget:
    Ms. Lucy had a steamboat
    The steamboat had a bell
    Ms. Lucy went to Heaven
    The steamboat went to -
    Hello Operator,
    Please give me number nine
    And if you disconnect me
    I'll chop off your -
    Behind the 'fridgerator
    There was a piece of glass
    Ms. Lucy sat upon it
    And broke her little -
    Ask me no more questions...
And so on.
  • Popular jump rope game a while ago;
    There was a man named Tiger Woods.
    He had the cash, he had the goods.
    Tiger Woods had all the luck.
    How many women did he...HAVE SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH?
  • An older jump rope rhyme:
    "Lincoln Beachey thought it was a dream
    To go up to heaven in a flying machine.
    The machine broke down, and down he fell,
    Instead of going to heaven he went to—
    Lincoln Beachey thought it was a dream..."
  • There is a Dutch poem which for the whole of the poem actually changes words to rhyme with the previous line. It's about a knight going to rescue a damsel from a dragon. The dragon agrees to let her go if the knight composes a verse on them - he doesn't get her: he can't rhyme.
  • The Alphabet Song, if the singer pronounces "zee" as "zed".note  Also, in the final part of the song, "ABCs" doesn't rhyme with "me" or "zee".
    Q, R, S,
    T, U, V,
    W, X,
    Y, and zed.
  • The playground Spanish song "Pican, pican los mosquitos" starts always with the same four verses, and then it's up to the singer. The song is very popular, and has been covered by several artists:
    Pican, pican los mosquitosnote 
    Pican con gran disimulonote 
    Unos pican por delante (o 'en la cara')note 
    Y otros pican en el cu... ando...note 
  • The military cadence known as "Swing With Lulu" contains the following verses, among others:
    Lulu's got a boyfriend
    Her boyfriend's got a truck
    Lulu shifts the gears
    Her boyfriend likes to... steer
    Some folks like the fishin'
    Some folks like to hunt
    When I am with Lulu
    I'm always in her... car
  • At a certain public university in a certain eastern state, the men's glee club there maintained a deep repertoire of old and creatively dirty songs, one of which — called "High Above a Coopie's Garter" — employed an unusual version of this trope. The eight-line first verse, which the rhyme scheme clearly indicates should build toward the final word "...ass," instead ends with "...hmmmm." The second verse is then eight lines of humming, until the final word — "...ass."
  • A rare and unusual CCG instance: In Magic: The Gathering, there are a group of creatures within the Fungus tribe, called Thallids, that collect spore counters and use them to produce Saproling tokens. The game has a wide variety of thallids, including the original Thallid, Psychotrope Thallid, Savage Thallid, Deathspore Thallid, and Pallid... Mycoderm.
  • The German variant of the Lady of Brunt and the raising tide would be the joke with the angler who is fishing for bass. (No translation required, as it works identically in English.)


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Alternative Title(s): Subverted Rhyme Every Time


The Cat in the Hat

The Cat is just about to rhyme "Hall" with a certain slang term, just before he uses something that doesn't rhyme instead.

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