Ok so I’m talking about songs where there is a payoff or a punchline rather than the standard chorus-repeat-to-fade. You know what I mean, proper closing lyrics that surprise and/or delight.
A couple of examples of what I’m talking about....
If you’re feeling sinister by Belle & Sebastian
essentially a bleak song exploring small town melancholy, religious angst and teenage suicide, all of which culminates with the conclusion ‘so if you are feeling sinister go off and see a minister, the chances are you’ll probably feel better if you stay and play with yourself’.
“Something for the weekend” by The Divine Comedy
‘when he woke she was gone with his car and all of his money’, didn’t see that one coming.