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).

V Painter 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
V But 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?
C Here’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
V Painter 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
C Here’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
B Oil 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
C Here’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.