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Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 21, 2003 1:34 am/pm

The Times Picayune of New Orleans, our daily newspaper, had an editorial about "ear worms".  Some university somewhere is doing a study to find out why some songs get "stuck" in people's heads, how pervasive the phenomenon is, and which songs seem to be the worst culprits.  

No, "ear worms" isn't something gross that crawls in your ear without your knowing about it, ewwwwwwww!  It's the term someone came up as a label for when songs or melodies or lyrics seem to repeat themselves over and over in your head and you can't distract yourself easily from not thinking about them.

The editorial cited "It's a Small World After All", the music of the famous Disney theme park attraction, as being an "Ear worm" piece of music.


1) Is "Small World" an "ear worm" for you or has it ever been?  

2) And what Disney-related pieces of music, melody or lyrics seem to be "ear worms" for you?  It can be anything from Disney theme park attractions or shows, Broadway musicals, TV shows or reruns or specials, any Disney owned or Disney-partnered broadcast or cable TV channel, live-action or animated movie or cartoon, read/sing-a-long product, Disney Records, Disney Radio, animated short, "Wonderful World of Disney", any Disney video or DVD (from any studio subsidiary of Disney).

Hoping for a fun thread!  :music:  :musicsad:  :musik:

Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 21, 2003 1:42 am/pm

I'll start.

For me "Small World" isn't much of an ear worm lately.

Lately my Disney-related ear worms seem to be:  The music underlying the sword fight scenes in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" live action movie.  And a song Radio Disney plays:  "Get Up, Get Up" ("6-5-4/3-2-1/Get up Get up!").  And it's not music, really, but a piece of dialogue from "Finding Nemo", where Dory (voiced by Ellen deGeneres) is trying not to forget an address, so she finds excuses to repeat it to herself over and over again out loud.

Posted by: Liv2CdWorld on Aug. 21, 2003 1:58 am/pm

If I hear "Small World" then it'll stick with me most of the day.  

However, another ear worm for me is "Zip-a-dee-do-dah".  Here's the funny part though, instead of hearing the normal parts of the song - I always here the "Tip for Today" skit from the channels at WDW.

Posted by: disneyn on Aug. 21, 2003 7:19 am/pm

When You Wish Upon A Star is my ear worm.  I can either hear it or think it by myself and it will stay with me for hours.  I will sing it out loud until my husband threatens to leave me.  He keeps telling me I am insane but he really loves me :hearts:  :hearts:  :hearts:
Disneyn :minnie:

Posted by: WebTink on Aug. 21, 2003 7:21 am/pm

I almost don't want to reply because it will set the ear worm off, I'm sure, but mine is Hakuna Matata!
Posted by: sorcererkev on Aug. 21, 2003 7:33 am/pm

No question about it, the original "Tiki Tiki Room" theme song.  Once I hear that tune or even think about it, the Mrs. and I will be singing it non-stop all day.  

"Heigh Ho" is another one since it was played non-stop at our hotel last year.

Posted by: Goofyteer on Aug. 21, 2003 8:05 am/pm

1. "Small World" is an old fave of mine and I still love it to pieces, but it ain't no ear worm for me. I can take it or leave it at will! :mickey:

2. If I had to pick my Disney ear worm, I'd have to say "The Work Song" from Cinderella (you know: "Cinderellie, Cinderellie..."). At least it's one guaranteed to make me laugh  whenever I think about it!

One of those Disney travel books out on the market talks about being prepared to be put on hold for a long time should you call the Disney resorts hotline, and mentions at one point that while you wait you may find yourself subjected to twenty minutes of hearing the mice singing "Cinderellie"! LOL

Posted by: WhatsaPooh on Aug. 21, 2003 8:18 am/pm

At home and at work, I can come with a Disney song to suit just about any occassion- the girls at work think I'm Disney obsessed  :lookaround:

"Cinderellie" when I see someone bring out the broom
"There are no strings on me" from Pinnochio just because I like it
"You've gotta friend in me"
"Hi Ho, Hi Ho"
"Bippadee Boppadee Boo"

You name the movie, and I'm probably guilty of singing a song from it. Yep, I guess I am obsessed :crazy:

Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 21, 2003 8:36 am/pm

Another current Disney-related ear worm for me:  Song on Radio Disney, played very often: "Why'd You Have To Go And Make Things So Complicated?"
Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 21, 2003 8:53 am/pm

From a WWW site called TheShiftedLibrarian.Com dated 8/13/03:

Which of these Songs Will Be Stuck in *Your* Head Now?
Researcher Confirms Existence of 'Earworms'

"It's official: 98% of people have had songs stuck in their heads.

Research has helped define, but not explain, the experience. A recent study by the University of Cincinnati looked at the affliction, which the author, James Kellaris, calls 'earworms' from the German word ohrwurm. The ear part is obvious, but the worm part isn't incidental. Kellaris, a consumer psychologist, says it conveys the parasitic nature of the travel of songs into their listeners' ears, only to then get lodged and played on mental continuum.

He found that some 98 percent of listeners were at one time or another bothered by a tune that wouldn't leave their heads. The study also found some common offenders, including the Kit-Kat jingle ( 'Gimme a break' ), 'Who Let the Dogs Out,' Queen's 'We Will Rock You,' the theme to 'Mission: Impossible,' 'YMCA,' 'Whoomp, There It Is,' 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' and 'It's a Small World After All....'

The 559 students used in the study had lots of trouble with the Chili's jingle for its baby-back ribs and with the Baha Men song 'Who Let the Dogs Out.' But Kellaris found that most often, each person tends to be haunted by their demon notes." [, via MetaFilter]

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Well, most Disney music I wouldn't label per se as "haunted by their demon lyrics".  Modern contemporary music has commercial "hooks" in it deliberately designed to keep audiences attentive and actively listening.  But I wanted to convey the sense of the thread I was starting by posting this.

One site I just searched had a poster who suggested immediately singing to oneself "The Girl From Ipanema" as a surefire way, for her, to get rid of an earworm.  

And right now, in my head, that stirring orchestral music accompanying Capt. Jack Sparrow's swordplay scenes in "PotC:CotBP" is _still_ literally playing in my head!  But I happen to like the music, so it's's just repetitive...over and over and over...makes me want to see it again!  Then again, seeing the movie again would reeinforce it....

Anyone else with a Disney-related past or present ear worm?   :music:  :musicsad:  :musik:

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 21, 2003 8:56 am/pm

:mickey: Boom, ba-boom, ba-boom, ba-boom! :mickey: Boom, ba-boom, ba-boom, ba-boom! :mickey: Who's the leader of the club that's made for you and me? :mickey: M - I - C :mickey: K - E - Y :mickey: M-O-U-S-E :mickey: Hey, there! Hi, there! Ho, there! You're as welcome as can be :mickey: M - I - C :mickey: K - E - Y :mickey: M-O-U-S-E  :mickey: Mickey Mouse Donald Duck!  :mickey: Mickey Mouse Donald Duck! :mickey: Forever let us hold his banner high -- High! High! High!  :mickey: Come along and sing our song and join the jamboree  :mickey: M - I - C :mickey: K - E - Y :mickey: M-O-U-S-E  :mickey: Mickey Mouse Club  :mickey: Mickey Mouse Club  :mickey:
Posted by: dizneluver9 on Aug. 21, 2003 11:07 am/pm

I am a preschool teacher so I get alot of the songs we sing at school in my head but my favorite Disney Song Worm is.....

YO HO YO HO A PRIRATES LIFE FOR ME!!!! :)  :eyebrow:

Posted by: DisneyWidower on Aug. 22, 2003 5:57 am/pm

"It's a great big beautiful tomorrow....shining at the end of every day...."
Posted by: BriansPyxie on Aug. 23, 2003 1:57 am/pm

"Part of Your World", and "I Wan'na Be like You" because my daughter watches those two movies constantly.  She even asks me to sing "Part of Your World" to her at night before she goes to bed, which really gets it stuck there alllll night long.

As for her......she's been running around the house lately shouting   "Really bad eggs!!".  I think that we've seen that movie too many times!    :depp:

Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 23, 2003 2:58 am/pm

Wanna hear my ear worm?  I'll share...I don't mind!

I tried to paste in the full URL but something is preventing me from providing a working direct link, so try this instead:

Select the menu options taking you to the music section.  Type in "Pirates of the Caribbean" or search the front page for a selection for that soundtrack if you're looking in on this thread in mid-to-late August 2003.  You should, bottom line, wind up where you have the chance to sample just 30-seconds of each cut on the movie's soundtrack CD.   My ear worm is #11 "Skull and Crossbones", the last half of the sample.  Sample #3 "The Black Pearl" and #15 "He's A Pirate" are really good too but #11, last half, is indeed an earworm for me.  I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, but that particular melody pops in and stays sometimes when I'm engaged in unrelated activities.   The strings and their sharp lilting of the melody, sound of metal-on-metal percussion, are the commercial music hooks for me which make this incidental selection of movie music an "earworm".  Pleasant earworm, though.


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