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Astonishing lyrical couplets

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My current contender for most audacious and brilliant rhyming couplet may be found in the Parliament song "Ride on." Opinions may change on a whim. Cole Porter lyrics not allowed, as we all know how brilliant those are.

Put a hump in your back

Shake your sacroiliac

Does anything describe dancing to funk better?

Your contenders, please? Pop, rock, funk, blues, jazz - all is good.

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Adam, a version of that "sacroiliac" line goes back to "The Hucklebuck," maybe even earlier. Great one, though. :tup

A favorite of mine is from Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman" -

"And I need you more than want you,

and I want you for all time"

Then there's Dylan...

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I could fill up this thread with Kinks "Kouplets" but I'll resist the urge and give you just one of my very favorites from the song Better Days

Here's hoping all the days ahead

won't be as bitter as the ones behind you

Be an optimist instead

and somehow happiness will find you....

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Dashing and daring, a drink he was sharing,

With wicked Felina, the girl that I love.

RobbinsGunfighter.jpg

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She stripped away her rancid poncho

And laid out naked by the door

We did it till we were un-concho

And it was useless anymore

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Are "Midnight Sun" (Mercer, et al.) lyrics allowed?

Rod

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Now playing: Chaan Siang Phin feat. Mon Siang Phin - Wasana Gam Par (Could You Love Me?)

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"you told me love was too plebeian

told me you was through with me an'..."

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She stripped away her rancid poncho

And laid out naked by the door

We did it till we were un-concho

And it was useless anymore

"Un-concho" is hilarious. I love ever-so-slighly manipulated pronunciations like that. Just to make something rhyme.

Reminds me of the time Jonathan Richman rhymed "laundry pile" with "card [tay-bile]".

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OK, I'll go with Mark E. Smith:

You don't have to be weird to be wired

You don't have to be a died hair punk funk shit-hot fucked up tick-tock pad

You don't have to be strange to be strangled

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro

-- Totally Wired

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Now playing: Arne Nordheim - Draumkvedet (excerpt 1)

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I once knew a girl from Nantucket...

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She stripped away her rancid poncho

And laid out naked by the door

We did it till we were un-concho

And it was useless anymore

Sure. In fact, heck, get rid of my Cole Porter condition as well. The world has too many rules; who needs one in a thread that will hardly get visited anyway? And it ain't a competition.

But they've got to be rhyming couplets! :D

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I put horses' heads in people's beds

from I Am The Mob - Catatonia

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See how they run

like pigs from a gun

see how they run.

Oops...that's not a couplet...oh well.

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She had dumps like a truck, truck, truck

Thighs like what, what, what

-Sisqo, Thong Song

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my Cole Porter condition

Speaking of ...

You're the top, you're Mahatma Gandhi

You're the top! you're Napoleon brandy

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"Guess I'll have to go an' tell 'em

I ain't got no cerebellum"

Teenage Lobotomy-an arbitrary pick from the Ramones

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