June 29th, 2009

I knew I was going to be away from my keyboard for a while, so I put out a last minute begging session for a guest poster or two, and lo and behold, good ole Laura stepped up to the plate. And life was good. I’ve been reading her since I started reading blogs, and she is smart, sassy, talented and a very hot looking mom. Go visit her. She’s all kinds of awesome.

Her post follows. Hope I got the links right. Thank you, Laura!

For the last two days i have been infected by something that has been keeping me up at nights, giving me that uncomfortable annoying feeling that i can’t quite shake.

Ladies and germs, i have an earworm. That irritating tune that runs over and over again inside your mind… like an audio worm has crawled right inside you and has gnawed off the intelligent part of your brain.

I don’t know how, or when it happened – but over the course of the last 48 hours I have, going over and over again in my brain, “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-lot. All over the house i’ve been humming it, as i run errands i’m singing under my breath: “…so your girlfriend drives a Honnnnda, plays workout tapes by Fonnnnda, well Fonda ain’t got a motor in the back of HER honda, my ANACONDA. don’t. want. non. unless-you-got. BUNS. hon.”

For someone who is so musically inclined, i have a horrible memory for lyrics. B-rad always corrects me when i sing lyrics wrong – he has a photographic memory or something, but it seems like I am constantly singing the words to the songs I like wrong.

So – with my track record for lyrical memory being what it is, WHY IS IT that i can remember all the words to the Big Mac jingle? or to Tommy Twotone’s Jenny? 867-530-niiii-ee-iiine….

I have always had this problem. Earworms.

But the absolute worst was when my son, Chewie, was born 8 weeks early and was in the hospital – I had “The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room” by Flight of the Concords running through my head… and everytime I would come into the hospital to visit my baby it would trigger the song all over again.

I wanted to literally tear my hair out of my head to make the song stop. Gah!
There were moments when I’d be getting up to go to the bathroom, and in the half asleep bleary eyed moments of my post-partum worried-sick-about-my-preemie son induced sadness…. the words started running through my head like one of those light up dealies that they show stocks on…. “and when you’re on the street, depending on the street, your are most definitely in the top three…Good looking girls on the street… depending on the street…” and I started crying.

How could I explain to B-rad that the reason I was crying was because I just couldn’t get that song out of my head? I felt like a crazy person.

According to this study “…women, musicians and people who are neurotic, tired or stressed are most prone to earworm attacks…” well… i guess that pretty much sums up why I wanted to tear my ears off… I was/am all of those things – and being stressed out and tired must have amplified the earworm.

Eventually The Flight of the Concords found their way out of my head….but it was there for a good solid 12-15 days. I am hesitant to listen to that song, even now, remembering how badly it was stuck in there.

Flash forward almost a year… Baby got back. We’re not quite at the level of The Flight of the Concords, but we ARE into day two – anything more than one day now, and I start to get a little worried.

They say the only way to get an earworm out of your head is to infect another person, and I’ve tried… I’ve tried singing it around the house, mentioning it to the B-rad, nothing! No go! I’ve tried listening to the entire song, but all that’s done is reinforce lyrics I didn’t remember before.

When Psychicgeek took me up on my offer to guest post for her i sat here staring at my blank screen for half a day. Nothing. Not one thing came to my mind…except “littleinthemiddlebutshegotmuchback…
….littleinthemiddlebutshegotmuchback…..”

So, here we are… and I’m passing my earworm on to you (sorry)… but I am interested to know what songs get stuck in your head constantly? In this post alone I’ve – hopefully – pawned off several of my own earworms…. and i realize this could be a very dangerous post/comment thread – so I apologize now for any earworm infection that may be caused as a result from reading this!

Love,
Laura

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10 Responses to “This is the Song that Never Ends”

iamthediva Says:

:D

oh, the agony of finding typos after it’s already been posted. lol.

Cat Says:

Witchy, I totally thought you were joking about the guest post thing. No one is that brave, I thought. Clearly I was wrong.

Laura, my ear worms lately have been “Low Rider”, that stupid Jason Mraz song (yes, I realize they’re all stupid, but I can’t think of it right now, and that’s the way I like it), and now, thanks to you, I’ll be singing Baby Got Back all day long.

So thank you for that!
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Ree Says:

littleinthemiddlebutshegotmuchback. Oh mah holy hell. thanks.

better than some though. ;-)
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warriorwitch Says:

I just hear voices in my head – they don’t sing

Krissa Says:

So THAT’S what it’s called! I never knew. Happens to me frequently. I have found that turning on the radio and listening to it intently, singing along with the songs, (geeze, my family hates that), and finding a new song to think about helps me get rid of it. However, it’s not fool proof. Some of the time I just pick up a different one, but at least it’s a change. ;-)
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witchypoo Says:

I love you. I used to plant an earworm in Mildly Amusing OCD Stepmother before I left for school each day. I would come home to her singing the Mickey Mouse Song and shaking her fist at me.

FreedomFirst Says:

Funny you should ask – since the title of your post is one of the songs that sticks in my head. Hehe. It doesn’t bother me much these days though. I used to have earworms really bad, but lately I’ve been less stressed and they haven’t been bothering me. I don’t think they ever lasted as long as yours, though. Mine traded out too quick. One after another after another.
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iamthediva Says:

Cat,
Sorry about that – it’s a tough one to get out of your head, although – if it makes you feel any better Low Rider is also one of earworms in the rotation.

Ree,
I agree, it could have been some Celine Dion song or Nickleback, and that would be FAR worse.

WarriorWitch,
count yourself lucky, cuz if they start you could have a whole choir of earworms!

Karissa,
Yeah, i usually try to insert a different song into my brain, and that may work for an hour or two, but before i even realize i’m doing it i’ll be singing: “…and you noticed that butt was STUFFED deep in the jeans she’s wearing, i’m hooked and i can’t stop starin’ OOOH BABY! I wanna get witchya, and take your pict-chya – my homeboys try to warn me but that butt you’ve got mmmaka me so Horny!”… usually i clue in about the second line in and by then it’s already too late.

Witchypoo,
the feeling is mutual. and planting an earworm on purpose is just plain mean.

FreedomFirst,
yeah, i planted several of my earworms throughout the post: The Song That Never Ends, Baby Got Back, The Big Mac Jingle, 867-5309 (Jenny), The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room… and those are only the ones that bother me on a regular basis. :D
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teeni Says:

Thanks to the kids my mom used to babysit, I once had the theme song from the Smurfs stuck in my head for about a year. I’d always find myself humming it or tapping it out with my fingers or toes. I never want to hear it again for fear it gets stuck in my head again. Yikes.
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Hyphen Mama Says:

I’ve had Lady Gaga’s Poker Face stuck in my head for week. Ever since another blogger mentioned it in a post last week.

1am, 2am, 3am, 5am, 7am, 10am, all day…..

POKER FACE!!!!
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