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Basic Trope: An opener to a song, preferably one of considerable length, that is particularly notable, or a song that fades perfectly into the other.

  • Straight: The first track on an album by The Alice and Bob Project, a Progressive Rock band, is an instrumental, that fades into the first performance on the album.
  • Exaggerated: The first track is an eleven-minute-long raging, metallic instrumental, that devolves into the second track, a thirty-second-long acoustic vocal performance that serves as its denouement, or coda.
  • Downplayed
    • The intro is of normal length, but is still more up on the Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness than the rest of the song.
    • The intro contains spoken words throughout it.
  • Justified
    • The opener is part of a side-long suite; if there's lyrics everywhere, it will draw on too long.
    • The opener serves the purpose to pump the listeners up.
  • Inverted
    • Lyrical Cold Open
    • A minute-long vocal performance fades into a three-minute-long instrumental.
    • The instrumental closes the album or song.
  • Subverted: The track, at first, appears to be instrumental, but then somebody will Step Up to the Microphone and sing for a little bit...
  • Double Subverted: ...only for those to turn out to be the only lyrics.
  • Parodied: The first song opens with the lyrics "Well, that got you pumped up, didn't it?"
  • Zig-Zagged: (continued from Double Subverted) The lyrics then turn out to be sporadic, but then after a 15-minute instrumental solo, the lyrics return. Then comes an anti-climactic sudden stop, only for there to still be quiet instrumentation beneath it. Then, the singer will say, "Goodbye!"
  • Averted
    • There are no instrumental openers.
    • There are no instruments; the music is a capella.
    • There is no band.
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