If you have two different choruses, where one is a more mellow version of the "real" chorus. What do you call it? For instance on this form: Verse, X, Verse, Chorus. What do you call X?

It's not a prechorus, because those occur right before a chorus. And it is certainly not a bridge. Nor is it an intro or outro.

An example is the song Mördarvals by Dia Psalma.

The verse starts at 0:45, X at 1:00, next verse at 1:10 and the main chorus at 1:25.

That's my main question, but I'm also a little curious about the other parts. I have analyzed it like this:

0:00 Prelude
0:09 Intro
0:27 Z, Y, Verse, X, Verse, Chorus
1:41 Z, Y, Verse, X, Verse, Chorus
2:55 Z, Prechorus 
3:12 Chorus, Chorus
3:43 Outro

What would you call the Z and Y? Is one of them a "preverse"? And is my analysis correct?


When I think of a chorus I think of a section with lyrics that's repeated between verses. By that definition the whole 'Z, Y, Verse, X, Verse' sequence is one verse and X is a short section that is the same in each verse.

I can't prove the negative, but I don't believe there's any common name for that kind of a section in a song. It's common enough to repeat a phrase in each verse. Similar things are often done in folk songs. I can't tell for sure but it sounds like the words in the X section have no meaning, which fits the folk song pattern. You could just call it the 'whoooa whoooa' part, because that's what it sounds like.

I've never heard of a preverse or a prechorus, either. 'Intro' and 'outro' are slang terms. I'd probably call them 'introduction' and 'conclusion', in formal language.

As far as your analysis, I think you've accurately broken the song down into repeated sections and I would agree with your identification of the chorus, intro and outro sections. Otherwise you might be overanalyzing it. There are an infinite number of ways to combine bits of music together. It would be too confusing to try to assign specific names to different sections in all of their different combinations.

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