Friday, April 20, 2012

When Rhymes Go South

For the A-Z Blog challenge, I will be addressing some of life's big questions. Perhaps together we can find the answers to many heretofore unsolvable mysteries.

is for Rhyme

As in, the worst rhymes ever. I love poetry, and I get that rhyming is hard. I have a lot of respect for anyone, songwriter or poet, who creates in rhyme. 

But let's be honest. Sometimes, it just doesn't work. Here are a few examples that make me ask myself, and you, What were they thinking?

=>From The Steve Miller Band, "The Worst Wombat in Mecca"
There are few things I won't find,
Some are better left alone,
Like that bulldog in the bathroom,
Like that wombat on the phone.
Oh, yeah. Like that makes sense.

=>Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Into the Great Wide Open"
The paper said Ed always played from the heart
He got an agent and a roadie named Bart
If the best rhyme you can come up with is naming someone Bart, maybe you should start over.

=>Green Day, "Disappearing Boy"
Am I here or am I there
Or am I playing on the stairs
Am I in my room with my toys
I am the disappearing boy
Is it just me, or does this sound suspiciously like Dr. Seuss?

=>P!nk, "Who Knew"
If someone said three years from now
You'd be long gone
I'd stand up and punch them out
Cause they're all wrong
Really? She's going to stand up and punch them out? Punch them. Out.

What are some song lyrics that have left you palming your face?

*On a personal note, it is not my intention to slam these groups, some of them I actually like.
Tomorrow's Question:
I'm a Millionaire! (In Africa?)


  1. LOL. The Steve Miller Band lyrics sound like that come from the Mad Hatter! LOLOL great to meet you. New follower!

  2. Bwahaha! These are great...and no, they do not make sense!

  3. Oh song lyrics. You never can tell these days.

  4. So many to choose! So little room!
    Here is one I came across yesterday (I do like the song though):

    My face blew up at such a casual sight
    the smattered colours of ecstatic fright
    the rush above me to oblivion
    outlining wet sidewalks in halogen

    Um, ok. I have no explanation.

    1. That's a great one! I have no explanation either.

  5. No, can't remember. I try to forget them, so I don't get annoyed. Or I change whatever it is I'm listening to. Have a great weekend!

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    1. Sometimes I'll tell my kids to change the channel because I hate that song. They'll ask, Why? What's wrong with it? And I'll say, it's just too stupid and doesn't make sense. Maybe I'm too literal?

  6. Someone mentioned these lyrics from Train's "Drive By" on their blog the other day and I was struck by the sheer awfulness:

    This is not a drive by
    Just a shy guy looking for a 2-ply
    Hefty bag to hold my love

    Those last two lines are so bad they make me smile every time I think of them. And that's the thing about dreadful lyrics--they're delightful in their own reprehensible way!

    What a fun topic. Thanks for the laugh!

    1. Sometimes the lyrics are disturbing. Great example and thanks for stopping by!

  7. As an occasional writer of very silly rhyming poetry, I will not do down the efforts of others (much). I will, however, point out that heart/Bart is moderately original compared with many of the more usual rhymes (of which I'm told there are about 30 full ones in the English language) though that's still better than trying to rhyme love.

    1. I love silly rhyming poetry too. Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein. Anything that's good for a laugh.

  8. Some old Rodgers and Hart lyrics have very silly rhymes.

    This is one of my personal favourites. Daft as a brush, and so silly it works.

    "When love congeals
    it soon reveals
    the faint aroma of performing seals
    the double-crossong ps a pair of heels.
    I wish I were in love again!"

    New follower courtesy of A-Z.