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    TjD Guest

    frustration - songs stuck in head

    ARGH! so frusterating

    i'm the kinda person who always has a song stuck in my head - and well im paying for it now

    i'd really like my mind to be calm; esp when im doing concentration meditation

    and in trying to be mindful during my daily life, theres ALWAYS a song playing in the background of my head

    now i just try and be mindful and listen to whats around me - but its a constant battle; for the last few days

    hence the frustration :) is there a better way of doing this, or do i just have to tough it out for as long as my stubborn mind takes?


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    prana Guest
    When practising emptiness meditation, I used to be annoyed by songs too. But I am sure many people would have told you to just watch the songs, and be indifferent to it. It is more difficult to do than said.

    Fortunately, you will find that you will discover even MORE signs of shamata if you just watch them and let them be. Eventually, sometimes slow sometimes quickly, they will go away. And sometimes, a different songs haunts you in every meditation session :)

    Just let be, dont fight it.

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    TjD Guest


    thanks :)

    of course, the song TOTALLY breaks my concentration when im doing concentration meditation... well it doesnt break it, but leads my mind off on tangents

    awe well... ill figure it out

    thanks again


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    old jong Guest
    Having a song stuck in your head is not so bad! Imagine a dishwasher commercial!... :eek: I hope it's a good song. ;)

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    Les écrits restent!...

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    TjD Guest


    its a really **** annoying song

    akin to something youd hear on barney + friends :)


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    Nexus Guest

    The Song Removal Procedure

    Find another song that you really enjoy that has an active chorus, and play it repeatedly, say, 2-300 times. Then you will replace a bad song with a good song.

    But my friend, I am sorry to say that is only step #1.

    Step #2. is to find another song, different from the original and the new one, and listen to it 2-300 times as well. Now you will be dealing with two completely new songs invading your natural stream of consciousness.

    If this is not effective up until this point, you must seek the final and last resort step, Step #3.

    This step involves deep searching within oneself to the root of what makes the song so distressful to you. Find out if it is an attachment or disagreement to what the original song is conveying and if so understand why the attachment or disagreement exists. If you do this, that attachment may dissapear as you recognized it for what it is.

    (The above should not be taken seriously as I still have 4-5 songs stuck in my head from childhood which popup and random times. In fact, one is playing right had a little lamb whose fleece was errr right now.. sorry)

    - Nexus

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    TjD Guest

    the distressfulness

    well its distressing because i feel its a kind of mental aggitation :) and when trying to concentrate thats the last thing i want; all that song in my head serves to do is lead my mind on tangents and make it harder for me to focus on the task at hand - just like random thoughts popping up

    thats why i dont really want to replace it with a different song, i can do that easy enough :) all i have to do is listen to something else and that takes its place

    the problem is that its not the same song, but that a song is always there:)


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    origenx Guest
    Is it that Chili's baby-back ribs jingle? You know - "I want my baby-back-baby-back-baby-back ribs......barbeque sauce. Chiliiiii's, baby-back ribs.....and barbeque sauce"

    [This message was edited by origenx on 09-26-01 at 10:29 AM.]

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    dwid Guest
    I once had "the final countdown" by Europe stuck in my head for like a week.

    It's the final countdown, dum doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo doo doo doo... something like that, that **** chorus.

    The way of the samurai is in desperateness. Ten men or more cannot kill such a man. Common sense will not accomplish great things. Simply become insane and desperate. - Hagakure

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    Mojo Guest
    Has anyone else gone to Disneyland into the 'It's a Small World' ride/exibit ? They play that stupid song for the whole ride and you cannot get it out of your head for hours. :(

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    Repulsive Monkey Guest


    I had "Alright" going round my head one night all night long years ago, when I was spaced out with bad Bronchitis and slight Pneumonia. I had hot and cold spells and was delusional too, and that **** song wouldn't stop and drove me even more insane.

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    jameswebsteruk Guest
    This came up in New Scientist magazine a few weeks ago. Apparently the best way to get rid of the annoying song is to sing or listen to it extremely loudly a few times. Kind of overloads your mind on it, and cancels it out.

    Have I tried it? No. Could it make it worse? Erm... ;)

    The chalice from the palace has the pellet with the poison,
    The vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true!

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    HuangKaiVun Guest
    I'm a professional musician, and this thing happens all the time.

    Use it to your advantage.

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    Sam Wiley Guest
    The other day, I had that Johnny Cash song, Ring of Fire stuck in my head, and went around for a couple of hours singing it. So I asked one of my co-workers to find a radio station with a catchy tune to help me out. It was on some ska song that went, "yum yum bumblebee, bumblee tuna, I love bumblebee, bumblebee tuna, yum yum bumblebee, bumblebee tuna, I love a sandwich made with bumblebee" or something like that. It was a capella even. So after about an hour or so of that torture (I'm not a big fan of ska), I finally found the tune to put all annoyingly catchy tunes out of your head permanently!

    The Sherry Lewis and Lambchop show theme!

    "This is the song that never ends.
    Yes it goes on and on, my friend.
    Some people started singing it,
    Not knowing what it was,
    And they'll continue singing it
    Forever just because,
    This is the song that never ends...."

    If you've ever heard this song, you likely walked around for days beating your head against brick walls and trying to drown the tune out with alcohol, only to find out that you ended up banging your head against the wall to the beat of the song and that alcohol only amplifies the volume until you end up singing it out loud and couldn't help but march around in circles mimicking the leader of a marching band and urging people to join you in a shameless display of sickeningly sweet childish glee!

    I even tried reciting the Lord's Prayer, that's how desparate I was! "Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy Will be done, in Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily song that never ends. Yes it goes on and on, my friend. Some people..."

    You see the problem? I should have stuck with Johnny Cash....I'll probably be reduced to a pitiful mass of quivering jelly by monday afternoon, unable to form any coherent syllable not included in the lyrics of that ****ed Song straight from the blood smeared pages of the accursed Necronomicon! What foul demon have I unearthed? What Unnameable ******* child of the aethyr have I unleashed, its gnashing tricornered mouth and multifaceted eyes come to bear on my soul, its horrible unspeakable will come to pass?!!!!!

    Dear God, NOOOOO!!!!! It's eyes!!! In its eyes I see...

    (gurgle, gurgle)

    "...the song that never ends.
    Yes it goes on and on, my friend...."

    Patient has been bound in a straightjacket for eight days, seven hours, and locked in a padded cell the whole time. Through the whole period, subject remained awake, singing a neverending chorus, which is admittedly quite catchy. Though he is now asleep, I do not expect him to remain in that state for long. The subject still lilts in a broken voice the neverending chorus he was singing the night we found him. What strikes me most about this case is not the fact that this subject wound up in this state, but that he is as yet, the THIRD patient to have been brought to this institution with this condition. All sing this song, even in their sleep, and all are catatonic otherwise. I fear that this disease, for that is what it must be, will spread to the general populace and cause mass hysteria and catatonia. I know that I cannot go home again, as I, too have been infected.... I cannot get that tune out of my head. I thought nothing of it when I returned home several days ago singing the tune and my daughter and wife picked up on it. I must remain here to avoid infecting anyone else, but I fear for the worst. I hear some of the staff at this institution singing the dreaded song even now, and my daughter, a kindergartener, has been to school several days in a row now, each morning boarding the school bus, according to my wife, with that dreaded tune on her beautiful lips! Oh, the horror! I fear that the only cure for this disease is the AHA song, Take On Me, but cannot test my theory, as my own copy of that song mysteriously vanished this morning before I had the chance. I suspect the candy striper who wears the sock puppet that looks like a sheep on her hand. She was touring my wing this morning spreading her own peculiar brand of cheer and I left, leaving my office door open. Ye gods! I am a fool. If you find this notebook, take my notes and use them as the foundation for your own research into a cure for this disease. I only hope the cure does not come too late. The fate of all humanity hangs in the balance! Please God, don't let this be the ends. Yes it goes on and on, my friend. Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was, and they'll continue singing it forever just because this is the song that never ends....


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