TMBG has occasionally mentioned rhyme lyrically. The Johns have also selectively avoided the device, for various reasons.
- Drink! - "But what words rhyme with buried alive?"
- Hate The Villanelle - "With these picky rules and odd jigsaw rhymes"
- In addition, the lyrics of the song are a villanelle, a type of poem with a strict rhyme scheme.
- Rhythm Section Want Ad - "Plenty of time to turn mistakes into rhyme"
- Share A Story - "There's so much to rhyme that we don't know what to do"
- Three Might Be Duende - "Lost in his rhymes"
- Which Describes How You're Feeling - "You said I'm feeling fine, but it didn't really rhyme, it didn't rhyme, overseas ... but your lie doesn't rhyme with the word overseas"
Songs with no rhymes
On some occasions, TMBG songs contain few or very scarce rhymes. Instrumentals are not included in this list.
- Asbury Park
- Boat Of Car
- Bastard Wants To Hit Me
- Call Connected Thru the NSA
- Diving Board
- Doctor Worm - Except for the pseudo-rhymes "drums / criticism", "it / stick", and "signal /Rabbi Vole /solo"
- Experimental Film - Contains only one near rhyme: "explain it / great it's"
- Extra Savoir-Faire
- Hearing Aid
- I Can Add
- Man, It's So Loud In Here
- My Other Phone Is A Boom Car
- Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head - The only construable rhymes are "things you'd known before", "pounding at the door" and "loving arms" with "words you say are", and "puppet head" with "busted in"
- Santa Cruz
- Taste The Fame
- The Bloodmobile
- Wearing A Raincoat
- Weep Day - Contains no "perfect" rhymes; only slant rhymes ("half / man") and repetition of unstressed syllables ("singing / addressing")
- When Tornadoes Take Over The World
- You Don't Like Me
Unexpected lack of rhymes
A few songs cut out single rhymes in key places, often emphatically.
- Counterfeit Faker - "There's no way to measure / The damage he has done / Counterfeit faker / Carries a grudge" (Expected rhyme: "gun")
- Darling, The Dose - "Make no mistake, I still need you the most / Time has the power to bind us too close / The dose is the poison we've had more than most / Darling / Darling" Based on the repeated rhymes, this seems to be leading up to the title of the song, but only the first word ("Darling") is actually sung.
- Don't I Have The Right? - The fake-out in "I would try someone new / If that someone would love me / The way you did"—where the final word "do" is expected—makes the line's past tense more poignant
- E Eats Everything - "H burns food so horrible / All I tastes is smoke / J just likes drinking juice / And K drinks only soda" intentionally avoids the brand name Coke.
- I'll Be Haunting You - "Need I remind you of the oath you swore in 1993 / Don't act like you don't act like you know why you flinch at the image of these words" The second line would be expected to end with "the image of me".
- I'll Sink Manhattan - In the line "So before I get through / I'll find your answering machine and I'll sink it first", "first" was intentionally chosen over the rhyming "sink it too".
- I'm Your Boyfriend Now - "You don't have to say it / I can see it in your eyes / I can read it in your heart / I can hear it in your silence" (intentionally and abruptly avoids the rhyming cliché of "I can hear it in your sighs")
- Kiss Me, Son Of God - "Now you're the only one here who can tell me if it's true. That you love me and I love me" (Expected rhyme: "you")
- My Evil Twin - Includes multiple fake-outs:
- "That resembles a Republican president from long ago / I'd hate to see you leave" (rather than "go")
- "My evil twin / Bad-weather friend / He always wants to start / When I want to begin" (rather than "end")
- "I lay my head / On the railroad track / Stare at the sky / All painted up" (rather than "black")
- "Two years ago / Moved from my town / I was looking up / Past the city lights" (I was looking "down" might be expected here)
- When It Rains It Snows - "There's a note on the door/ and the note will say when it rains it snows" — obviously one would expect to hear when it rains it "pours".