Not In Common Time

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The following songs do not follow the conventional 4/4 time signature in all or part of the song:

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  • Bangs - Mostly in 4/4 but some measures have a 4/4 - 2/4 alternation during the chorus, verse, and guitar solo transitions.
  • It Was A Very Good Year - The second bar of the second verse, following a bar of 7/4
  • Now That I Have Everything - The looped "Now there's everything / Don't remind me of yesterday" section at the end
  • Other Father Song
  • The Secret Life Of Six - Intro and refrains in 6/4, with the rest in 4/4
  • She Was A Hotel Detective - The first two lines of each section of the chorus are in 6/4, then it goes back to 4/4: "She was a hotel detective / but now she's better connected..." etc.
  • Sleepwalkers - Verse is in 6/4, phrased 4/4 - 2/4, switches to 4/4 when the whole band comes in
  • The Statue Got Me High - Mostly in 4/4 but some bars of 6/4 in the "The stone, it called to me (and now I see the things the stone has shown to me) A rock that spoke a word (an animated mineral, it can be heard)" section.
  • What Is Everyone Staring At? - Same as "Sleepwalkers" above
  • Women & Men - The verses are in 7/4, then 6/4, then 7/4, then 6/4.


  • Hello Radio - Has a couple bars of 9/4, the rest are bars of 7/4.
  • It Was A Very Good Year - The first bar of the second verse - apparently to give the singer time to say "the square root of a negative number" in one bar
  • Sketchy Galore - The "he looks down, down, down" section
  • Women & Men - The verses alternate between 7/4 and 6/4 (see above).





  • Drink! - At the transition of each verse to the chorus. The rest is in 3/4.
  • Pirate Girls Nine - Chorus is in 9/8, bridge is in 6/8, verse is in 2/4. 8th note stays constant throughout. Otherwise the song alternates 4/4 in the verses and 3/4 in the chorus and bridge.