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Can’t get you out of my head

April 7th, 2021 · Posted by Skuds in Life/Music · No Comments · Life, Music

Having an earworm is a fairly frequent event for me, but I have had a really strange one today, even by my standards.

Earworm is defined by the Collins Dictionary website, rather unsatisfactorily, as “an irritatingly catchy tune”. I don’t think that captures the full quality of an earworm, which is not just a tune that is catchy, but one which has lodged itself in your brain and keeps looping around and around. As soon as you drop your guard you realise that you are whistling or humming it.

It is often not a tune you would have chosen to have on repeat. For me the earworms are likely to be a 70s tune that I have heard too many times on the nostalgia TV channels I like to leave on for background. Sometimes you can’t get a tune out of your head, but also can’t quite work out exactly what it is, which can be frustrating.

Anyway, today’s earworm is something that doesn’t even exist, as far as I know. All day I have found myself internally and unconsciouly singing the lyrics of Tammy Wynette’s Stand By Your Man to the tune of Gary Puckett & the Union Gap’s Young Girl. Quite an acheivement, as I’m sure I couldn’t do it deliberately.

What I will say is that at least the lyrics are less dubious than the actual Young Girl lyrics. I do wonder why that is still being played, many times, on the Now 70s TV channel. As if the lyrics were not bad enough (a creepy story about lusting after an underaged girl) the video has the band draped in confederate flags.


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