Subverted Rhymes in music.
- 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?
- 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'.
- From 'Pimlico':
- Morrissey has the song "I Have Forgiven Jesus", which features this refrain:Monday: Humiliation
Thursday: Is pathetic
- "Brass Monkey" by Beastie Boys:We got the bottle you got the cup
Come on everybody let's get ffffffff
That funky Monkey
- "The New Style":MCA: I got rhymes that are rough and rhymes that are slickI'm not surprised you're onMike D.: MIKE D.!
- "The New Style":
- 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
- Then subverted as the song continues:
- Tommy Tutone's memetic hit "Jenny (867 5309)" features this little gemJenny, 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
- And from Al's not-officially-released track "Still Billy Joel to Me":
- 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!
- I Love America:
- The MC Lars song "Internet Relationships":Let me send you pics for your personal collection
I hope they inspire you and give you a...smile
And I'm from Mars, and she's from Venus
- And his "Space Game":
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...
- "If I Were Gay":
- 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 SongI 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...
And then he'd spread whipped cream all over her
- However, subverted at the very end of the song..
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
I decided to flip a coin, like either heads or tailsWould let me know if I should go back to ship or back to jailSo I hocked my sailor's suit and I got a coin to flipIt came up tails, that rhymes with...sails, so I made it back to ship.
- Sneakily averted in "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream":
He saw an animal as smooth as glassSlithering its way through the grassSaw him disappear in a tree by a lake—[End of song]
- And then there's "Man Gave Names To All The Animals", about Adam naming all the animals in the garden of Eden. Each verse has a description of an animal, ending on its name. Until the final verse:
- 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.
- A similar use in his original song "My Son, The Vampire"When they see him, people scream, and they yellAnd they scream and yell 'cause they're scared as heck
- A similar use in his original song "My Son, The Vampire"
- 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...
- 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.
- Non-British tropers: The word that would rhyme with white in the above, "shite", is offensive in British English.
- 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 eruptStrap on the seatbelt, step on the gas, we're gonna kick you in the—EVERYBODY! (repeats)
- Ah, but don't forget the inverted version:
- 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,
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 f...ar 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,
- Also, in "Saddam Shame":
- From Acid Bath's "Paegan Love Song":You scream,
- 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 youSixteen years I've been waiting for thisCall me during Doctor Who and I'll kill youDon'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.
- In "Apathy Song":
- 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.
A rich man once told me "Hey, life's a funny thing."
- 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 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 be...dating 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 groinIt 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 bluntAnd 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
Tell her that you're sorry
- The second time was very much subverted:
Blame it on the beer
Your dad was mean to you
Your friends think you're...an asshole.
And I do too
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 biggerBig time, and my bank accountBig time, look at my circumstanceBig 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 inAnd these are the hands we're givenUse them and let's start tryingTo make it a place worth living in
- They almost totally avert the trope at the end, though:Stand up and let's start showingJust where our lives are going to
- They almost totally avert the trope at the end, though:
- 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 adviceI'd drink a barrel of whiskeyAnd I'd eat my beans and...maybe some cornbread. Maybe some cornbread!
- From the Dead MilkmenMy Baby drives...a truckMy Baby sure is...good luckMy Baby has a...pet duckMy Baby is a heck of a f...friend
- In the song "Rehab Center for Fictional Characters"Tony the Tiger:Every day I wake upAnd I get to work lateMy boss says "Hey whats up"And I say that I'm Grrrrrrrrrrrrrowing tired of this shit
- By the same artist, My Whole FamilyMy whole family thinks I'm gayI guess it's always been that wayMaybe it's 'cause of the way I walkThat makes them think that I like...boys
- Also by Bo Burnham, Sunday SchoolDid you know that Satan wears a capeMade out of a rainbow flag?And did you know that Jesus hates abortionsUnless the kid was a f- Jew?
- UntitledWe'll love him and raise him, till he finally leaves usWhat should we name him? How about Adolf.Little Adooooooooolf!
- Also by Bo Burnham, Sunday School
- By the same artist, My Whole Family
- 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
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 HallHis name was Nobby Hall, Nobby HallHis name was Nobby Hall, and he only had one...fingerHis name was Nobby Hall, Nobby Hall
He went to rob a bank, and he stopped to have a...sandwichThe copper he came quick, and they caught him by his...elbowThe judge's name was Annie, and she had a hairy...head
- Later verses include:
- A no-obscenity version for subtle emphasis in "Mad World" by Tears for Fears:All around me are familiar facesWorn out places, worn out facesBright and early for their daily racesGoing nowhere, going nowhere
- The Magnetic Fields' "Fido, Your Leash Is Too Long" does this twice:You scare me out of my witsWhen you do that Shih Tzu
- and later...You've just run out of luck
I don't care what you foxhounds do...
- and later...
- Also by the Magnetic Fields, "I'd Go Anywhere With Hugh":I love Hughand Hugh loves youyou love meand 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 eatAnd if you're dirty, then go take a bath.Messed up the line? Nope - sometimes I don't rhyme.
- From the same song:
- "The Freckle Song" contains several instances, includingShe's like my NellieFrom her head down to her...elbow.
- And then there's:She was born in Hackensackshe made a fortune on her...career!
- And, of course, there's:She drinks until she gets plasteredShe gets drunker than...my brother!
- And then there's:
- Julie Brown's comedy song "I Like Them Big and Stupid":I met a guy, who drives a truckHe 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 highthe ravens all are watching from a vantage point nearbyapprehension creeping like a tube train up your spinewill 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 fellowWho's not afraid of JelloTo the people of the worldI 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 drankI put my money in the bankThey cut their crack, they offer jointsWe don't do drugs, do you get our...""Meaning!""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 missbehind the barnyard and gave her a lectureon gooses and chickens and eggsand told her she had the most beautiful mannersthat suited a girl of her charma girl that he'd like to take up in his washing and ironingand then if she didthen 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 dayTo pay the rentBefore the money's earnedIt's all been allocated
- And in the second:Work all nightI'm always tired.Hope my bossDoesn't get me laid off.
- And in the second:
- 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-fiveBut you don't let that come between usAnd you make me hold your hand.
- The Pixies' "Vamos":They'll come and playTheir friends will sayYour daddy's richYour 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 runtCome 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 encoreYou might hear "Is It Luck?"But me, I'd rather play Residents'Cause I don't give a-Forgive me if I hesitate
They call me Mr. KnowitallI am so eloquent.Perfection is my middle nameAnd whatever rhymes with eloquent.
- Also from Primus; Mr Knowitall
- "Please Play This Song On The Radio" by NoFX (Written as 'rhyme' but pronounced another way):Almost every line in sung in timeAlmost 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 startAnd I'm down and out, and I'm down on my luckAnd 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—
If the A-side makes a hitWe don't care if this is missed'Cause the sooner we get finishedThe sooner we get homeThis is a disco hit,
- 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:NO! SLEEP! 'TIL BEDTIME!
- 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:
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.
- Another example from "Stutter Rap", in this case people expecting to hear 'nineteen'...
- 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, ChuckI 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 townShe had it all figured out.And I'll state something rash,She had the most amazing...smile.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 itEvery drama in life I've been through itEven if I had it good and I blew itRegret nothing I move on and say fuck it
- From L'America, by The Doors;''C'mon, people, don't you look so downYou know the rainman's comin' to townHe'll change your weather, change your luckAnd 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."
I've seen lightning blow a cypress tree in halfThe thunder's busy talkin', and lightning's kickin'...(thunderclap)
- Chad Brock's "Lightning Does the Work" takes it a step further:
- Another Country Music example from Blaine Larsen's "Chillin'":I'm talkin' jet skis and inner tubesPretty girls with big ol'...blue 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 complexJust 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 santaMelhor seria ser filho da outraOutra realidade menos mortaTanta mentira, tanta força bruta
What's the worth of being son of the saintWould be better being son of the otherAnother reality, less deadSo many lies, so much brute force
- I kinda did a translation for English-speaking people, sorry if it's bad, Cálice is very hard to translate.
- 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 runFor the celebration I'll shoot my gunI like my friend, he's a real guy's guyHe's not a loudmouth like that cunthole, Steve!
When I was in Harvard I smoked weed every dayI cheated every test and snorted all the yayI gotta def posse, you gotta bunch of dudesI'll sit right down on your face and take a shit!
- 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):
- "A Boy Named Sue" by Johnny Cash.I got all choked up and I threw down my gunAnd I called him my pa, and he called me his sonAnd I came away with a different point of viewAnd I think about him, now and thenEvery time I try and every time I winAnd 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 behindI feel it is my duty to my bootyTo be head of the classWhen 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 chaosthat's why this verse doesn't have any meter or rhyme scheme or anything like thatand 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' eggsCuz they're high in cholesterolAfrika do you eat 'em? No.Pos, do you eat 'em?Hell yeah, all the time!
Make a note on the rhythm we gave yaFeel free, drop your pants, check your ha-irDo you like the garments that we wear?I instruct you to be the obeyerA rhythm recipe that you`ll savorDoesn`t matter if you`re minor or majorYes, the tribe of the game, rhythm playerAs you inhale like a breath of fresh air
- Also "Can I kick it", 'hair' is forced to rhyme with everything else, but not 'wear' or '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 muchWhere is your soul?You cannot touch the way IPlayOr 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 luckWhat 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!
- "I Met a Girl on MySpace" is even better:
- 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,
- 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 and...how 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 glassShe 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 luckEven 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...
- Spoofed with "The Battle of Kookamunga" by Homer and Jethro. The missing word is not a profanity, though it would make the song racier.
- Frank Zappa's "Father O'Blivion" has a rather prolonged one:He was looking rather blearyHe forgot to watch the clock'Cause the night before behind the doorA leprechaun had stroked, yes...The night before behind the doorA leprechaun had stroked (he stroked it!)The night before behind the doorA 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 gutFrom 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!
Let's have some fun, This beat is sick
- Also the chorus:
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 couchPerhaps I'll look behind the cornOr in my closet in the backBehind the questionable periodicals
For all the scourge of the earth boys and girlsAll across the scourge of the earth universe (I didn't say world)
- His song "Peppermint Coffee" has:
- "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 Tritons 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
Lonely walkin' through the park
And it's foggy
Cold and smoggy
I hear a dog
A how-a-lin' doggy
Shoulda brought my shotgun
But I ain't got one
So I watch my back
Hey, what's that?
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 fireYou use me to light the gas.You are the paperI use you to wipe my.
- Double subverted by "Down in a Ditch" by Joe Diffie:I'm runnin' this shovel way down in a ditchWhen you're down in a ditch, it's a son of a gunEvery fool knows you'll never get richWhen 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 itchYou deserve what you get, yeah, you and thatWalkin' around, talk of the town...
- "One More Drinkin' Song" by Jerrod Niemann:And here's to bartenders tryin' to get paidWhile the rest of us are tryin' to get... (guitar note)Hey hey hey, what's so wrongWith one more drinkin' song...
- A rather odd case in The Cave, by Mumford and Sons.But I will hold on hopeAnd I won't let you chokeOn 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' NeighborhoodEverybody'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 BarShe asked me if I'd beat herThen she took me back to the Hiatt House
- Zevon's "Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me" plays this trope straight.
- "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 sweaterMy little life can't get no betterLife's so happy and full of joyI'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 wiseTo her love in disguiseShe had the body of a VenusLord, 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 funBut 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 sunI fought the law and I wonI needed sex and I got mineI fought the law and I won
- The W.A.S.P. song "Blind In Texas" has this verse:Raisin' hell in Austin, just after sundownwhen 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 richPeople starving in America, now ain't that a bummer
- "Fish" by Craig Campbell:I had everything we needed in the back of my truckTurns out my baby loves to...Fish, she wants to do it all the timeEarly in the morning, in the middle of the nightShe's hooked and now she can't get enoughMan, 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 ElCause 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 barWhere I saw the devil in my glassThe bartender told me it was time to goI 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 bikesAnd what they were, we assumed, rhymed with bikes
- Two examples from Eric Bogle:
"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 hallsAccompanying himself on the Bodhrán, which takes a lot of...courage.
- "Plastic Paddy":
And when some stupid damn committee gave the match to Melbourne CityThough it made us all feel quite...annoyed, we didn't cause a fuss.
- "World Cup Fever":
- From the Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers song "Counterclockwise"Well the gringo boys got their dark sunglassesAnd the girls on the beach are all shaking their fingers'Cause no matter how dark the lenses they can seeThat 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 TimeThormas TimeIs in its primeThat rhyme really suckedBut if thou doth not sacrificeThen 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 bitCursing 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 chickYou 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 pluckingAnd girls out of high school are ready for...college
- 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 bedWhere 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 meShe's gone to heaven, so I've got to be goodSo 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 luckI don't give a... crap
- Dave Matthews uses this to add a little extra tragedy to "Gravedigger":Little Mikey Carson, 'sixty-seven to 'seventy-fiveHe rode his bike like the devil until the day he diedWhen he grows up he wants to beMr. Vertigo on the flying trapezeOh, nineteen forty to nineteen ninety... TWO!
- From the Norwegian song ÆØÅ, AKA Size Matters:We got twenty-nine lettersYou only got twenty-sixLet's see how big you areWhen 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 RedI'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 unsightlyor just plain make you sick.Every girl is prettywith her lips wrapped 'round your...Hey Nonny NonnyHey Nonny NonnyHey Nonny NonnyHey Hey Hey
- In Taco's "Tribute to Tino," he described Valentino thus:He ruled the golden silent screenHe haunted millions in their dreamsHis memory lives on till todaySome even say that he was lonely
- "Shame" by The Avett Brothers:The truth be known, the truth be toldMy heart was always fairly coldPosing to be as warm as yoursMy 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' boyHe 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 brassAnd you stand there looking silly with your finger in your...glass
- Gratuitous German example by Hubert Kah:Hier spricht Captain Kemmleraus jedem deutschen Sendermit 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 unstuckFor dancing like you can't hear the beatAnd you don't give a further thoughtTo things like feet
- Kacey Musgraves, "Follow Your Arrow":If you save yourself for marriage, you're a boreIf 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 attackBut 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 cometThis stuff makes me want to... Leave the table
- From the Travis Shredd song "Smoove Flava":Looky merfdog, back behind the keysGrowlin' like a demon, bring ya to your kneesHe plays the purty piano parts and drives a big ol' truckPlus he really likes to... frolic
- From the Katy Perry song "Dark Horse" Featuring Jucy J:Cause once you're mineThere's no goin' back!
- Subverted and then inverted by Cherry Ghost in the song "Bad Crowd"Her brother's in the National FrontThinks 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 bedOpen doors for me and you might get some... kissesDon'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 itDirty 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.
- Last four lines in "Straßenbahn fahr'n", repeating the verse:
- 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, Youre out!
- From Brentalfloss' "3DS Streetpass With Lyrics":And to whoever's next, I'll write up some textTo my heart's contentBut 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 werent 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?
- 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.
- Dave McCarn's "Cotton Mill Colic":We can't make it; we never will,
As long as we stay at a lousy mill.
The poor are gettin' poorer; the rich are gettin' rich.
If I don't starve, I'm a son of a gun.