“||: Oh, oh ,oh…. All the single girls say… If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it, if you like it you shoulda put a ring on it… Oh, oh, oh… : ||”
(anyone familiar with musical notation will understand that ||:_____:|| means “repeat”, and in this case, “repeat ad nauseum”)
And yes, I know the words are all mixed up, and there’s stuff missing. But right or wrong, THAT is the part that’s stuck in my head.
Sung by The Chipettes.
For three days now, I’ve had that song, “All the single girls”, by Beyonce, running on a terminal loop in my head. Last night, I got some “help” from some eager friends via FaceBook, who kept throwing out other songs that might kick Beyonce out.
- If I Had a Hammer (Peter, Paul & Mary)
- It’s a Small World (Disneyland) (must not obsess over flute player holding flute incorrectly…)
- Star Spangled Banner (National Anthem)
By the time I went to bed, I had The Chipettes, wearing multinational native costumes and wielding hammers in my head, singing “All the Single Girls” while red rockets burst over their heads. It was maddening. Hilarious, but maddening.
When I woke this morning, all the nonsense had cleared away, and left Beyonce, all by herself, singing “All the Single Girls”. Lovely. (sidenote: THAT’S what passes for “dancing” these days? I can do that!! My dance teacher would have had me doing kick-ball-changes for HOURS if I was that sloppy)
I usually have some pretty good tools for chasing off these irritating songs. Mahna Mahna, from the Muppets (remember that one?? Hilarious) usually works for me. Other people I know use “Jingle Bells”, “Happy Birthday”, or other simple song. This time, it took several repeats of Kenny Chesney’s “Anything But Mine.” Which is fine, because that one is one of my favorite songs.
Why does this happen? I read somewhere once, that our brain clings to the most basic thing it can, the little nursery rhyme ditty, the commercial jingle, the pop song chorus, and repeats it. I can’t remember why, though. I think it had something to do with it searching for the end of the song, ditty or rhyme. Once it finds it, it will stop. I’ve done that, on occasion, too. Forced my brain to go through the entire song until we find that last word, the last note, of the piece. Sometimes it works. Most of the time, it just hits “repeat” again.
I know this happens to you. It happens to everyone. So how do you deal with it? Do you find other songs to distract your overworking brain? Do you curse others with your burden, like I tried to do last night on Facebook (and we see how horribly THAT backfired on me!!)? Or do you just endure it, trying to ignore it until it finally goes away?