Half-rhyme patrol


My mum imparted several words of wisdom before moving off this mortal coil. Always leave the last button on a blazer undone. Gotten isn’t a word. And half-rhymes aren’t rhymes, and have no business being in songs.

In this post, we’ll explore some recent(ish) examples that employ half-rhymes in a chorus, which therefore repeats the cringe many times!

Foster the People’s Pumped Up Kicks, famous for holding the Guinness record for longest song sung through a crappy telephone:

All the other kids;
With their pumped up kicks. ♫

Stitches by Shawn Mendes:

I’m without your kisses;
I’ll be needing stitches. ♫

And We Are Young by Fun:

So let’s set the world on fire.
We can burn brighter;
Than the sun ♫

I’m still painfully sad she’s not around, but at least she avoided these lyrical monstrosities.

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