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Does anyone else get random snatches of songs in their head?

So, while getting a little lost in Gainesville earlier today, I had bits of song from _New York, New York_ in my head. ("Did I hear right? Did you say the *Hippodrome*?")

When posting this title, I heard bits from Phantom.

Do you get songs in your head? What do you hear?


"If I cry me a river with all my confessions, would I drown in my shallow regrets"

"I'm goin' I'm goin' to the Hardware store!"

"Now don't be sad, baby, two out of three ain't bad"

Others as well but those three have happened to me in the last week.

At the moment, it seems to be a random bit of "Only an Older Woman" from The Boy From Oz.

"Only one who's been 'round the block
Can give you the ride you need
Always there absorbing the shock
One built for comfort -- not for speed"

o_O WTF?! I wasn't even very conscious of it being stuck in the background of my head until you asked that.

Time to break out the iPod, methinks!!
Oh, my.
This week it's been "I just can't wait to be king" from the lion king ("Kings don't need advice from little hornbills for a start"). It's been that for awhile now, at least two weeks.

"Til Him" from The Producers and parts of Chicago, I was really, really sick of and couldn't get rid of for a long time.

It's the worst when I only know part of the words. "Fly Me to the Moon" is a current example of something that gets stuck and I can't exorcise it because I don't know all the words.

That is one reason I like Hawaiian music, or foreign language music in general - I find those songs don't drive me insane, because the words themselves aren't boring holes in my brain.
A better question might be, "Do you ever not have songs in your head?"

Right now it's Cobrastyle by Teddybears.

It's been alternating all day with The Widow by The Mars Volta.

(Both links to music videos on YouTube, mostly so you can hear what the songs sound like if you don't know them.)
A better question might be, "Do you ever not have songs in your head?"

That was exactly my response to the question. That, and, "Wait, there are people who DON'T get pieces of songs stuck in their heads???" :)
I always have something going through my head. Crap, I often have dreams with a soundtrack!

I posted recently about Ruby by Kaiser Chiefs, which I had in my head for days. Not the whole song, just a snippet. And I frequently get bits of songs stuck up there. Right now, it's Poor Wayfarin Stranger (having just been to D's fifth grade performance, in which they sang this song).

And you do know that this probably means you are a Cylon?
Ooh! And when I'm around stoopid people I get that little ditty
"She was lookin' kind of dumb, with her finger and her thumb, in the shape of an L on her forehead..."

My colleagues probably sort of wonder why, on occasion, I leave faculty meetings muttering "Shape of an L. Shape of an L." over and over below my breath.
And K, who rarely listens to lyrics, claims his lyric attacks are usually Weird Al (because without the lyrics what's the point?), or very old well-known stuff like Pink Floyd ("Look, momma, there's an airplane in the sky!") or Beatles soundtracks.

On the other hand he will often make non-lyric musical references or jokes. For example, we're working out and I'm starting to flag as we approach the end and he starts to hum the "Rocky" theme. Or as I'm getting ready for bed, I get strip-tease music. Sometimes more subtle references - usually movie themes or opera or other tunes where there's an associated idea or plot.
And K, who rarely listens to lyrics,

My K doesn't listen to lyrics either. That's very interesting. I can't help but listen to lyrics. Often, I'll like a song BECAUSE of the lyrics. Not so with him. He once said that lyrics never make a song better. The song stands alone, and the lyrics either do nothing for it or make it worse once you know what they actually saying.
The ability for people to easily spout whole verses of poetry or lyrics has often amazed me.

There is always music going through my head. At the moment, that music is heavily influenced by what I've been reading here and it's currently the Rocky theme. Thanks, Sarah.

My default song is all too often Copacabana. I can not explain this.
Hah! I love the idea of a default song. And this is just hysterical.

At the Copa
The hottest spot north of Havana
At the Copa
Music and passion are always the fashion at the Copa...
[flashy instruments]
Don't fall in love...


Great song! But not enough to knock out the song that I woke up with in my head this morning. Soul Meets Body by Deathcab for Cutie.

Cuz in my head there's a greyhound station
Where I send my thoughts to far-off destinations.
So they may have a chance of finding a place Where they're far more suited than here.
For every bear that ever there was
will gather there for certain because
today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic ...
This morning it's the dancy part of 'Washington's Birthday' from Holiday Inn. The bit where the music keeps switching back and forth between the pretty, sedate music and the jazzy music.

What has hold of you today?
N in azaleas

September 2009

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