It seems to me that when I have on a “Classic Rock” type station, lots and lots of the songs basically end with the same lyrics repeated over and over again as they fade out.
- The Eagles’ “Take It To The Limit” one more time, one more time, one more time, yes I get it, please stop already…
- Journey’s “Any Way You Want It” - this is the one, heard today, that inspired this thread. The last full 60 seconds of the song are the same words over and over again!
Now, I am certainly not immune to confirmation bias. But it certainly seems like you really don’t hear the repeated lyrics fading out thing much today. And I’m hardly trying to suggest that today’s songs are the zenith of lyrical mastery.
But was this just popular back then for some reason? Did songwriters think their lyrics were so unique and clever that they warranted repeating?
Other threads found here discuss the “fading out” ending as being mostly lazy songwriting, but I’m more interested in the “repeating the words ad nauseum” aspect, versus an instrumental fade-out.