Third verse, similar to the first two
A reworking of the line “Second verse, same as the first,” from the song “I’m Henery the Eighth, I Am,” a popular 1910s British music hall song that was later covered by Herman’s Hermits in the 60s. The line is used as a prelude to repeating the verse just heard. The line has been reused and reworked in popular music numerous times, such as by the Violent Femmes (“Third verse, same as the first” in Prove My Love) and the Ramones (“Second verse, same as the first” and then “Third verse, different from the first” in Judy is a Punk), as well as by Kool AD on the previous track Astro Brown.
Here Kool AD is reworking it subversively, referencing how he’s doing the third verse on the track, and it’s going to be like the other two (rapping about rooftops), but not exactly the same. He’s also subverting it by making it not have an internal rhyme, which is one of the most notable and attractive traits of the line.
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