Monday, November 2, 2009


I've had this song stuck in my head for days.

I am sure you can all sympathize. It happens to everyone. And its always an annoying or slightly annoying song. If it were a cool song you wouldn't mind one bit, you'd just sing along. A cool song would be like having your own personal soundtrack.

An annoying song is different. You don't want it in your head. Its there and its threatening to stay. Forever. And it just might drive you crazy in the mean time.

Now the annoying song can be anything. It could be a catchy pop song from an artist you hate or from an artist you are not willing to admit to liking to anyone (not even your diary). It could be a jingle for a local bank, restaurant or the like. It could be a theme song for a television show you hate or are not willing to admit to liking to anyone (not even your diary).

In my case, it is a song from a children's cartoon. These songs are the worst to have stuck in your head. They are designed to be catchy. They are designed to be easy to remember. They are designed to be annoying because they are aimed at toddlers and pre-schoolers.

You can't fight that. The writers of these songs have research on how to make them memorable to children (and adults). Think about it, I'm sure you can remember the words to songs from shows you watched as a child that aren't even on the air anymore. These songs stick like glue.

The worst offender, in my book is Word World. Now I love Word World. Its helping Bunny learn her letters, the sounds they make and it is helping her to learn to read. So its a great show. A great show with annoying music, starting with the theme song and moving on to so many other annoying songs.

We've all heard the advice, to get a song out of your head you just sing it out loud. In theory this releases the song to the universe (or to the person sitting next to you) and frees your head. I follow this advice diligently. You can often find me breaking out in:

"You can never have too many OOs. Doodlely oo, doodlely oo, doodlely oo."

It should work. It should free my mind from this song. It should but it doesn't because Bunny thinks its hilarious that I am singing this song.

"Sing it again momma! Sing it again."
No, I will not sing that infernal song again.
"Please, momma."
Oh all right. "You can never have too many OOs. Doodlely oo, doodlely oo, doodlely oo."

And now its stuck again. It also doesn't help that Bunny requests to watch this episode over and over again, thereby insuring permanent residence in my brain.

Thanks, sweetie.


Dr. Frink said...

I'm here to help:

Lolly Lolly Lolly, get your adverbs here!
Lolly Lolly Lolly, got some adverbs here!
Come on down to Lolly's, get the adverbs here!
You're going to need
If you write or read
Or even think about it.

Lolly Lolly Lolly, get your adverbs here!
Got a lot of Lolly, jolly adverbs here!
Anything you need
And we can make it absolutely clear!

An adverb is a word... {That's all it is, and there's a lot of 'em!}
That modifies a verb... {Sometimes a verb! Sometimes...}
It modifies an adjective,
Or else another adverb.
And so you see that it's positively, very, very, necessary.

Christy said...

Oh boy - maybe that episode should get 'broken' in the near future?

Kirsten said...

I can't stop singing the songs from my daughter's upcoming musical. I'll be so happy once the performance is over and we can move on to something else.

Blarney said...

I know you seen that episode this past week because I had the unfortune to bare witness to it also. Worse yet my kids are 9 & 7. Excuse me while I break out in a rousing version of "Conjuction Junction". ;)

Dori's Mommy (Diana) said...

Thank you for that brain stick! I'll probably forget it about the time Word Girl is on today. UGH!

Anonymous said...

"who lives in a pineapple under the sea, absorbant and yellow and porous is he".............better?? Or switch it around all together...."you take the good you take the bad you take them both and then you have the facts of life........" and you are welcome for getting those now stuck in your head...

~Laura said...

Oh that's the worst! Bunny isn't old enough to watch garbage like Phineus and Ferb yet, but let me tell you that theme song is horrific! It will stay with you for years. I sympathize with you.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

The worst for me by far has been "I'm the map - I'm the map - I'm the map - I'm the map - I'm the MAP!"

Anonymous said...

I understand, on any given day I can sing the theme song to the Backyardigans, and probably any one of their tunes as well, but probably the worse ones are the Wiggles, they never get out.

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EatPlayLove said...

I've been there so many times. The worst for me is being in my car for like 15 minutes (with out my girls) before I realize I've been listening to kids music the entire time!

Issas Crazy World said...

I was singing hannah montana the other day. Neither of the girls were in the car. It's just wrong.

anymommy said...

Amen. I'd like my annoying song on repeat brain cells removed.

Heather said...

I think that they purposely get songs stuck in our head so that we will buy or watch the next episode/show to get said song out of head.

And you my friend...have inspired today's blog post.

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Leslie said...

I feel ya on this! For me, it's Yo Gabba Gabba songs. Anything from that show sticks in my head.