Do you get songs stuck in your head?

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By Chuck Woodbury
ROADSIDE JOURNAL
No matter how hard you try, do you sometimes get a catchy tune stuck in your head? I do, and it can drive me a little bit crazy.

I made the mistake of telling Gail about a song that has gone through my head repeatedly for at least 20 years. It was a mistake to tell her because ever since she teases me by intentionally humming it in my presence, and there I go again. Grrrrrrrrrr!


When my daughter was very young, she played very catchy children’s songs over and over and over and sooner or later they would get stuck in my head. When she was just shy of three, she, my wife and I took a four-month RV road trip around the USA. We hooked up a 12-volt video player for Emily to pass the time. She had a couple of dozen tapes to play, among them one where a certain purple creature sang . . .

“I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family.”

Yes, it was Barney, the purple dinosaur. OMG! That song never left my head! It was terrible. I am now in danger of having it play over and over in my head, just having thought of it again.

What about you? Do songs get stuck in your head? Please leave a comment about the name(s) of the songs and your experiences. We’ll put them together in a story, which should be fun.

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Deborah Henson

Careless whisper by George Michael. I dance to it too.

Mike

It’s a small world after all, it’s a small world after all, it’s a small, small world !!!!!

A Satterfield

Don’t forget the second verse to the “Barney” song. Sing along now – “Then a shot rang out and Barney hit the floor…no more purple Dinosaur.”

John Tully

My favorite “earworm” was(is) an old Jefferson Airplane song called “Today”. It showed up in my brain at Army “reception” at Ft. Jackson in June of 1969, and stayed in my head throughout Basic Training, and then disappeared, but has made return visits numerous times since then. The absolute worst “worm” is even older, “Wooly Bully” by Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs, which drives me buggy every time I hear it. Absolutely wretched!

Nikki Harnish

Sweet Caroline, bumbumBUM, and so good so good so good. They play it at every baseball game I’ve ever been to.

Micheal Whelan

I know your pain. For me they come in the dark to steal my mind from the 60’s and 70’s. Dastardly songs like Sunshine of your love, In A Godadvida, and even the Mickey Mouse Club tune, all complete with words and guitar solo’s… OMG, they are back in my head!!!!

RW BAKER

That’s an Earworm…. Happens to all of us.

Jane Gray

mine is “does your chewing gum lose it’s flavor on the bed post over night” ad nauseam. Yeah, from the 60’s and I’m 73 now. It never ends.

Lori Singels

All of a sudden, most days, I find myself not singing but whistling “Me and Bobby McGee.” I’m sure it has nothing to do with being a septuagenarian. It’s sort of spooky to find yourself doing that. I just love that melody.

Chuck Dunn

When you have a song running over and over in your mind, Try this. Sing the song as loud and as bad as you can. The mind can’t take that. Sometimes it even works. Good luck

Chuck Dunn

I, like everyone else gets a song stuck and stuck, and stuck, in your mind. Something I have tried and works most of the time, is to sing the song loudly, and badly, as badly as you can, then you ve got something even worse in your mind, 😀

Peggy

After watching Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga” was in my head day and night for months- even while trying to sleep. And now it’s back thank you very much.

Irv

We’ve been watching the Ken Burns series on PBS about country music. All week, I’ve had short phrases stuck in my head. Often just one or two words, giving me no idea of the artist or song.

Carol

Yes, wives have know this little “tease” tactic for quite a while! I love to tease my husband with Fiddler On the Roof song “If I were a Rich Man”. Gets stuck every time!:)