I just finished doing Oliver and I’m now doing Li’l Abner and some rhymes got my attention.
From “Reviewing the Situation” (Oliver)
And wave at all the duchesses
with friendliness as much as is
befitting of my new estate,
“Good morrow to you Magistrate!”
From “It’s a Typical Day” (Li’l Abner)
His heart is the tenderes’
But neuter-gender 's
Far 's young gals is concerned.
It’s a perfect rhyme in the hillbilly accent of the show.
In my opinion, these makes a good rhyme:
[li]Not obvious, like the cliched “unending love” with “heaven above”[/li][li]An actual rhyme. N and M, for example, are not the same letter. “Love” and “move” don’t rhyme, though they may have a few centuries ago.[/li][li]Before the end of the line, for example, “That we take good care of it, / that we get our share of it.” (“It’s a Fine Life,” Oliver)[/li][/ul]
What else makes a rhyme good or bad, and what are your favorite or least favorite rhymes in songs?