This week we’ll analyze Yelawolf’s quatrain, extracted from a song called “One Train”. It’s an advanced combination of transitions, clever breath breaks, single and compound rhymes.
*The Rhyme Scheme starts at the 2:52 mark.
. You in
school at 10, late, Radioactive’s goin’ gold
And so, GREAT, Do I give a flying duck If
I’m applyin’ love, to my rhymin’ plus alignin’ us,
Alabama’s climbin’ up, wait no I don’t give a
3-flying duck(x2)/applying love/rhymin plus/alignin us/climbin up
Let me start with the principle which should be leaving the strongest impression on you-the transition between rhyme schemes. Listen closely to the rhyme scheme prior to the one which is being analyzed. Can you hear how he transitioned?
All you do is put the last rhyme of your pattern on the first bar of your second pattern and then start with another rhyme. If it has to be illustrated, it would be:
Since we have this out of the way, let’s look at the individual bars.
The first bar is simple. You introduce two rhyme types(late/gold).
On the second bar, you rhyme those two types(so/great) and then introduce a compound rhyme from a separate type(flying duck).
The interesting thing is the order. On the first bar, it’s 1-2 and on the second bar it’s 2-1. So pay attention to that.
On bar three, you’re populating it with three compounds(applying love/rhymin plus/alignin us) and let the compound pattern spill in to the 4th bar(Climbing up).
After that, you bring back the three single rhymes from the first and second bar (wait/no/don’t). Then you want to finish your rhyme scheme on first beat from bar 5, so you can transition to the next scheme without anyone realizing.
Pay attention to the breath breaks as well. They are indicated by the “,” sign.
Can you do it too? That’s very advanced and you need guts to even attempt it, but I’ll be quite impressed if someone takes a crack at it!
Feel free to submit your attempts in the comments section below.