Permanent head song

Does anyone else out there have a song permanently stuck in their head? Yes, I mean forever! As in it never goes away.

I’ve had the “If I were a rich man” song from the movie Fiddler on the Roof stuck in my head for the last 5 years (at least, probably more) . I’m not kidding. Okay, so it’s not ALWAYS there, but unless I have something else in my head IT IS THERE. Anyone who is around me enough knows this. It drives my family, friends, co-workers, and people standing in line at the grocery store insane.

Now before you imagine me standing in line at a grocery store, shaking my chest (shimmy anyone?) like the guy in the movie, and singing the song loudly for all to hear, it’s not quite like that. I whistle. I learned how to whistle sometime between the ages 10 and 13. I haven’t stopped yet. It’s just a soft whistle through my teeth (I stopped the incessant normal whistle a long time ago). I’ve actually gotten better at not whistling so much, but most of the time I really can’t help it. It just happens.

I usually have no idea when I’m whistling. Sometimes people will stop me and say “Hey what movie is that from?” or “Is that the song from the goofy movie?” and I really have no idea what they’re talking about. Then they’ll ask me to keep on whistling it and I can’t. I’ve been made fun of for whistling who knows what. It just happens. It’s there. I bet if I could remember more of my dreams they’d be that guy from Fiddler on the Roof, singing If I were a Rich Man, shaking his chest and then screaming “LET ME STOP SINGING THIS BLASTED SONG!”

Most of my friends and family have learned that if they start singing, whistling, or if they turn on the radio, my whislting will either stop or change to that song.

One of my friends told me to watch the movie from beginning to end (or maybe he just said to listen to that song all the way through). He figures I probably heard part of the song and my brain never quite got closure on the whole thing and has refused to stop playing it over and over and over again in my head. I’m not sure I dare listen to it again. Of course, it could cure me by giving me that “closure”, but who knows? It may make it worse.

So does anyone else have a permanent head song? Are there doctors for this type of thing? ;)

P.S. This post from Nick Bradbury linking to his post about the “banana phone” made me think of posting about this. I figure the banana phone song might cure me. At least it’d be a DIFFERENT song!

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  1. Nick Bradbury Ryan, if you get Banana Phone in your head, you’ll soon be wishing you were a rich man again :)
  2. beth When I whistle, which is rarely because I can’t, I always end up whistling the tune from Masterpeice Theater. Am I too old or what? And I’ve learned that the banana phone doesn’t get stuck in your head just by someone singing it to you. You have to heard the real thing. I think the new band Eclipse (couldn’t find a link) ought to sing banana phone, and add a little vocal percussion.
  3. Ryan

    Nick, I think the rich man song is too much a part of my head to get replaced. The banana phone gets stuck, but it’s only temporary. So I guess I won’t have to worry about wanting to switch back. :)

    Beth, and I tried so hard to get it stuck in your head before you heard it personally! Oh well. ;)

    Here’s the link to Eclipse. Great acapella group!

  4. Jess My head song varies, but today and yesterday and the day before it was “Ta Ta Ta T.J. Max, you should Gaow” you know, from the commercial? They say “Go” like Gahhooo” as if they were from wisconsin.