Best pauses/comebacks in the middle of a song

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by raimiz1991inc, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. tim_neely

    tim_neely Forum Hall Of Fame

    Central VA
    A few more:

    "Chattahoochee" by Alan Jackson
    "Don't Tell Me" by Madonna
    "Go Now!" by the Moody Blues
    "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta Flack
    "An Old Fashioned Love Song" by Three Dog Night
  2. Vinyl Socks

    Vinyl Socks Forum Resident

    Niles, Ohio
    "Broken Arrow" ~ Buffalo Springfield
    Does "Dixie Chicken"(Little Feat) count? They play that song on the speakers at work, coming from a shuffling CD, the whole thing is like 9 minutes long...and it's always lulls me into some sort of quiet place...then it starts back up again.
  3. SurrealCereal

    SurrealCereal Forum Resident

    Yes - Close to the Edge

    “Now that it’s all over and done
    Called to the sea, right to the sun
    Now that you find, now that you’re whole...
    ...Seasons will pass you by”
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  4. Folknik

    Folknik Forum Resident

    On the double concept album The Ballad of Calico by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, there's a song at the end of Side 2 called "Dorsey the Mail-Carrying Dog." It stops abruptly on an unresolved suspension in the middle of the last line. The last 3 words of the sentence are at the beginning of Side 3.
  5. Folknik

    Folknik Forum Resident

    "Afternoon Delight" has more than one.
  6. mindgames

    mindgames Forum Resident

  7. ermylaw

    ermylaw Forum Resident

    Kansas City
    Since I first heard it many years ago, I've always liked the pause added to Pearl Jam's live version of Black from the Atlanta 1994 show. I'm not sure if that's something they routinely do or not, but it's very effective.
  8. Captain Keefheart

    Captain Keefheart Forum Resident

    (Come up and see me) Make me Smile
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  9. Sheik Yerbouti

    Sheik Yerbouti Forum Resident

    Wow! Deep Purple's "Never before" has a fine little pause (after Mr. Blackmore's guitar solo) that hasn't been mentioned yet.
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  10. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    Badfinger's No Matter What of course
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  11. bzfgt

    bzfgt Interesting and Copacetic Denizen

    New Jersey
    He made it out...with a bullet in his back
  12. Veggie Boy

    Veggie Boy still trudgin'

    Central Canada
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  13. Jerquee

    Jerquee Take this, brother, may it serve you well.

    New York
    Repeat offenders in this one:

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  14. Toto - Home Of The Brave, just before the final chorus. Even better when performed live.
  15. Mal

    Mal Phorum Physicist

    Andy Williams - "This Is My Song" has a great pause/false ending.

    Here's the original version (around the 2 minute mark):

    This magical moment seems to have been 'corrected' at some point so that it stays in time (butchered, more like :sigh:):

    Andy Williams - Original Album Collection This Is My Song
  16. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    America, Sister Golden Hair.

    One of the many hooks that make this one a perfect pop song.
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  17. Overthehillsandfaraway

    Overthehillsandfaraway Forum Resident

    Longpigs ftw

    "wind yourself up till you drop...."

    (turn sound up to maximum)

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  18. jasn

    jasn Forum Resident

    Outer-Cape, MA

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  19. BlueSpeedway

    BlueSpeedway overground | underground

    London, England
    My favourite, along with the already mentioned Motörhead Overkill, and Bauhaus Hair of the Dog.
  20. DPK

    DPK Forum Resident

    Lexington, SC
    The Wedding Present- "Bewitched"
  21. Luvtemps

    Luvtemps Forum Resident

    Bernadette-Four Tops.
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  22. BryanS

    BryanS Well-Known Member

    Probably no-one outside of Ireland with get this, but it's got to be the live version of Skidoo by Stockton's Wing from the album Take One.

  23. John Porcellino

    John Porcellino Forum Resident

    Beloit, WI
    South Side of the Sky, piano interlude with Bruford's wicked fill bringing the band back in.
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  24. Joemi

    Joemi Well-Known Member

    UK West London
    I love the way 'Night Boat To Cairo' by Madness still catches the audience with it's gradual stop before it kicks in again.
  25. Clucking

    Clucking Elixer of Life

    Phoenix, AZ
    This one is super - he looks incredibly haunted during that pause.

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