I bring up this topic because it seems like every time I’m in the car with my mother, Skynyrd’s Free Bird comes on the radio (it’s Kansas…).
And always, towards the end, when the guitars are all wailin’ to the point that a cat could be getting tortured in the studio and you’d never know the difference, my mother can’t take it, and makes me change the station.
After awhile, I learned to anticipate these this in advance, and whenever I heard the coo-ey, melodic opening strains of Free Bird, I’d change the station.
Trouble is, she never recognizes the beginning of the song as The Song She Hates, and so wonders WHY I’m changing the station when this happens.
By the time the song nears its end, she recognizes it (and the station gets changed), but by then she’s already had to suffer (and is complaining bitterly about having been a victim of Musical Bait-and-Switch).
Happens every time.
Anyway, point is, what other songs can you think of with more than one key melody/rhythm?
Two more off the top of my head:
Band on the Run–Wings
Oh, and the Blood, Sweat, and Tears version of God Bless the Child.