And if you don't know why, I envy you. FYI, Carly Rae Jepsen sings this summer's most annoying earworm, "Call Me, Maybe." And if you still don't know what I'm talking about, you're saner than I am right now, but it must have been really boring for you, living on that deserted island with no wi-fi all summer.
This song is impossible to get away from - for the last four months, at least, it's there every time I turn on the radio. And I don't even listen to the radio that often. But I only have to hear one word, one note, of this song, and it will replay over and over in my head for days. Every time I woke up last night, before I could go back to sleep, I would suddenly realize this song was playing in my brain. Over and over. Because I heard two seconds of it, last Friday morning.
This song is the very definition of earworm - super-catchy tune, annoyingly bad lyrics. "Before you came into my life, I missed you so bad." What does that even mean? Even if you can get away from the original, YouTube is full of parodies. Some of them are actually funny, but watching one just gets that song lodged back into my brain.
If I have to have a song stuck in my head, why not Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know"? That song was almost as ubiquitous as "Call Me, Maybe" this summer, but it's a much more interesting song - catchy tune, lyrics that make sense...I could live with that one on a seemingly-endless repeat in my head.
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Full disclosure - I no longer have "Call Me, Maybe" stuck in my head. Why? Because the boy found two singing animal toys (Christmas gifts from last year - thanks, Mom!) and he and his sister have been playing them all evening. Imagine "Christmastime Is Here" sung by the Chipmunks, and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" played on a saxophone by a reindeer...at the same time. Because of course, they play them simultaneously. Over. And. Over.
The cure was worse than the disease.