A Song In Your Head

You know what it’s like when you get a tune or song in your head? It is usually random, and not because you have just heard it. Sometimes, it is one you really don’t like, or something as obscure as an advertising jingle from your childhood. It can hang around for days, sometimes weeks, and the moment you stop concentrating on what you are doing, there it is, overwhelming your brain.

Last night, I was preparing some vegetables in the kitchen, and this popped into my head.


It’s not that the song is terrible. The film is fun too, and was a big favourite of my mum’s. But it won’t go away now. I lay in bed trying to sleep, and there was Phil Harris singing about Paw Paws and Prickly Pears. This morning, I woke up to the chorus playing in my head, my right foot tapping uncontrollably as I waited for the kettle to boil.

“The bare necessities of life will come to you
They’ll come to you”

Somebody make it stop!

50 thoughts on “A Song In Your Head

  1. πŸ˜‚ made me chuckle. I often get random songs out of nowhere pop into my head. Mostly are party songs like the macarena, or we’re going to Ibiza. Its like having a little party in my head, but then I get to the point where it irritates the crap out of me because its keeps going on and on in my head.

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  2. I heard a heinous jingle the other day – Peppa Pig adjuring children to wash their hands. The chorus went ‘Bubbly scrubbly scrubbly bubbly, wash them nice and clean’, sung to the tune of ‘row, row, row you boat gently down the stream’ etc. I got that one stuck in my head for days. Horrible!

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    1. “Now when you pick a pawpaw
      Or a prickly pear
      And you prick a raw paw
      Well, next time beware
      Don’t pick the prickly pear by the paw
      When you pick a pear
      Try to use the claw
      But you don’t need to use the claw
      When you pick a pair of the big pawpaw”

      Don’t forget how to pick a prickly pear!
      Best wishes, Pete. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. Unless you are me of course. πŸ™‚

      “Look for the bare necessities
      The simple bare necessities
      Forget about your worries and your strife
      I mean the bare necessities
      Old Mother Nature’s recipes
      That brings the bare necessities of life”

      Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. That’s odd, Pete. Last night I was looking at toys for my granddaughter when one popped up that includes the character Baloo the Bear and he sings this exact song. (Paw paws are a real fruit, too.) The song didn’t stick in my head, though. This film is one of my husband’s favorites.

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    1. I know about Paw Paw fruits, though we don’t have them here except in ‘exotic’ shops. Glad to hear of the coincidence. I don’t hate the song at all, I just wish it wasn’t in my head constantly. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. The Bare Necessities isn’t such a bad earworm to have IMO, but I agree it can be extremely irritating to have any song or piece going round for too long; I find concentrating on something, like reading, or some demanding mental exercise, can work very well, and just listening to music, which I do a lot [especially if I’m awake in the small hours] also has the desired effect of distraction, for me. Cheers, Jon.

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  5. I’m afraid you just have to wait these things out. It probably doesn’t help to try and stop it, just let it play till it gets tired and goes away. Last song I had on the brain was Ava Maxx’s Kings and Queens which fortunately I like, but I did suffer a long time from Joe Dolci’s Shutuppa you Face, a true horror

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