single word requests - What is a song played at the end of a movie called?

  • Manoochehr

    At the end of some movies, there is a song to be played. Is there any word to call these songs?

    As an example "My Heart Will Go On" from Celine Dion at the of Titanic.

  • Answers
  • ghoppe

    I think the industry phrase, seen on CD covers and whatnot, is Ending Credits Theme or Closing Titles Theme.

  • JAM

    "Exit Music (For a Film)" is the title of a song by Radiohead that was written for the closing credits of the 1996 film William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In turn, Exit Music was adopted by Ian Rankin as the title of his last book in the Inspector Rebus series.

    So while I'd probably go with @ghoppe's answer for the official industry phrase, the (in my opinion) quite elegant "exit music" does have some cultural currency as well as being descriptive.

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  • Peter Turner

    I was watching the Sound of Music and the song "How do you solve a problem like Maria" was playing and then they say "How do you keep a wave upon the sand" and "How do you catch a moonbeam in your hand"

    I am just wondering if there exists a term from the realm of logic to describe the connection between the latter two "How do you"'s and the first.

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  • ShreevatsaR

    If the relationship you're looking for is that the impossibility of A is illustrated by mentioning an impossible thing B (and C), then the rhetorical device is known as an adynaton. (A phrase frequently used as example is "when pigs fly"; there are other idioms of impossiblity like "until hell freezes over".)

    "I will sooner have a beard grow in the palm of my hand than he shall get one of his cheek." — Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2

    In the "How do you solve a problem like Maria" case, the relationship is not explicitly made with a connective like "when" or "only if", but the rhetorical device is still an adynaton. The structure — all sentences begin with "How do you [verb]" — that implicitly makes the connection clear is simply parallelism.

  • Jon Purdy

    By "unconnected", I guess you mean that they're not joined into a single statement, such as:

    To solve a problem like Maria is like catching a wave upon the sand.


    To solve a problem like Maria is to catch a wave upon the sand.

    Because the lyrics are in verse, there is some room for interpretation, but I'd say it's just an ordinary metaphor. It's a comparison between Maria and various supposedly impossible things to describe the impossibility that she represents, and that's basically the textbook definition of a metaphor: describing one thing in terms of another.

  • Robusto

    These statements constitute a rhetorical device expressing the impossibility of a task. In a sense they are non sequiturs, but in actuality they are repetitive statements of absurdity, which taken together underscore the impossibility of the original query.