Monday, February 16, 2009

Deep thoughts

We are driving home from the grocery store and I'm humming. "Why have I had this song going through my head for days, and more disturbingly, why do I seem to know all the words?"

"What song?" he asks. So I begin to sing, "Cheer up, Sleepy Jean, Oh what can it mean to a daydream believer and a homecoming quee-ee-een?"

"Oh, stop singing! I don't want that thing in my head too!" But now I can't stop. "Oh, I could hide 'neath the wings of the bluebird as she sings...."

"So, who sang that?" I finally ask. "The Monkees? It's kinda' bubblegum."

"Totally bubblegum." he says.

"Well, not totally." I say, "I think of 'My Girl Lollipop' as more quintessential bubblegum."

He gives me a look, sighs, then slowly and patiently explains, "It's called bubblegum music because it is most enjoyed by very young adolescents who chew bubblegum, not because it is about bubblegum. Please don't sing anymore."

Then we laugh all the way home.


  1. Anonymous8:12 AM

    Now, I'm going to have that in my head!!!
    Monkees was a favourite group of mine those many years ago.....

  2. Anonymous8:33 AM

    Anne Murray! I did not know the Monkees did it but I remember Anne Murray!


  3. This is a great song. And I was not even close to becoming an adolescent when it came out!

  4. At least it got the banana phone song out of my head ;-)

  5. I might have to change my ringtone.


  6. Now I'm singing it - you have the whole blogging world singing. Don asked if he heard music and I said it was The Monkees and he said - ok - not music - but fun. Thanks for the fun!!!

  7. AHHHHHGGGGGGHHHHHHH....ear worm!!!

    (I LOVED the Monkees!...remember Anne Murray doing the song too..)

    oh will get Olivia Newton-John's 'One that I Love' (ooh, ooh, ooh) outta my head!

  8. Anonymous1:47 PM

    Curses! I HAD "Werewolves of London" running through my head ( and getting pretty tired of it!) Now I have Monkees there. Please bring back the werewolves!!
    I was in Jr. Hi (and a total geek) when the Monkees were big and I had such a crush on Davy Jones. Braces, swoopy glasses, size XL training bra, Clearasil, and Davy Jones--all...too...painful...

  9. A quote from one of my favorite comedies "Dumb and Dumber" - "You know the Monkees were a major influence to the Beatles". Yeah right! I gotta say after watching that clip that Davy Jones is sure GROOVY.

  10. friends and I were members of the Monkees Fan Club and watched the show EVERYWEEK. I still have my Monkee LPs. DD and her friends were totally amazed when they found them....back when the Monkees show was on Much Music (Canadian MTV)..... all of a sudden I was HIP!!!

    and now I'm gonna be singing the darn song in my head all day long too!!!!!! I may have to dig the LPs out and put them on the old stereo while I work away.