So do we have a word for that line in a song that just screams out to you as wrong? I don’t mean a double negative, that’s quite common, just a line where the lyricist has had to torture the English language to get the thing to rhyme or fit in with the tune?
I have two examples; coincidentally they were both on the radio this week. First up, it’s ‘I’d Rather Leave While I’m In Love’ by Carole Bayer Sager, which contains the line:
”Too many times I’ve seen the rose die on the vine,Roses grow on vines? News to me, I always thought they grew on stems…
Somebody’s heart gets broken, usually it’s mine….”
And then there’s ‘Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)’ by Looking Glass, which has this little offering:
”They say ‘Brandy, fetch another round’,Mmm, I’m fairly sure when sailors get home from a long voyage, a crisp chardonnay or cheeky pinot grigot isn’t exactly what they are pining for….
She serves them whisky and wine…”
Anyone have any other examples?
Update: Some great examples submitted, as follows:-
Macheath with Squeeze and 'Up The Junction:
"This morning at four fiftyMrs Erdleigh with 'Jailbreak' By Thin Lizzy:
I took her rather nifty
Down to an incubator
Where thirty minutes later
She gave birth to a daughter"
"tonight there's going to be a jailbreak, somewhere in this town"Mac The Knife with Toto's 'Africa:
"The wild dogs cry out in the night,And Kevin B submitted a sublime Ian Dury lyric which, while not quite fitting the sescription, deserves a mention for sheer...well, I don't know what!
As they grow restless longing for some solitary company"
"Had a love affair with Tina,Hope you all have earworms now. I know I do!
"In the back of my Cortina,
"A seasoned up Hyena
"Couldn't have been more obscener."