Verse/Chorus/Bridge Song Form


The Verse/Chorus/Bridge song form is taking the Verse/Chorus song form and adding a third section to break up the song about two-thirds into the song.  This is a great way to catch the listener’s attention who might have been lulled to sleep with the repeating verses and choruses. Take for example, The Frame Maker (Ingraffia, 2001).

VPainter paint me a picture
Painter pain me what you see
I have come from far away
And your work has meant so much to me
VBut my pearl eye is in its shell
And my hand wants to shed its skin
What is the secret?
What is the spell?
Where do I begin?
CHere’s to the frame maker
Who will tell you the trick to the trade
is that it’s not for the one who’s a name maker
But only for someone who can bring out the beauty
In something that someone else made
VPainter paint me a picture
Of all the things you brushed aside
For I have so far to go
The road is long but never as wide
CHere’s to the frame maker
Who will tell you the trick to the trade
is that it’s not for the one who’s a name maker
But only for someone who can bring out the beauty
In something that someone else made
BOil of joy and satin sadness
Beautiful world, oh beautiful world
The color of love and daylight canvas
Beautiful world, oh beautiful world
V(shorter verse)
Painter paint me a picture
Painter pain me what you see
CHere’s to the frame maker
Who will tell you the trick to the trade
is that it’s not for the one who’s a name maker
But only for someone who can bring out the beauty
In something that someone else made

This third section, the bridge, adds a change in the song that breaks the repetition a little bit. It usually has a different energy or melody than the rest of the song. When the listener is finally brought back to the melody, there is a sense of comfort and familiarity that is enjoyable.