I was doing my prep for the day this morning when I noticed I had a song stuck in my head — they call it an earworm — in this case, the theme song from “Beverly Hillbillies.” Why, I thought, why do I have the theme song from “Beverly Hillbillies” running through my head? This is annoying. And I quickly ransacked my mind for a remedy.
Which was this:
The bluest skies you’ve ever seen are in Seattle
And the <something (hills?)> the greenest green in Seattle
Like a beautiful child
growing up free & wild
full of hopes & full of fears
full of laughter full of tears
full of <something> through the years
Recognize that? It’s the theme song from “Here Come the Brides,” an old TV series about lumberjacks (remember David Soul? Bobby Sherman?) in early Seattle & the potential brides imported from New Bedford, Massachusetts. I haven’t seen this show seen since I was a kid when it last aired in 1970. But I still knew the music well enough to have it as an earworm.
Then, as I was driving to work, it occurred to me that the earworms seemed to be traveling — from Beverly Hills, to Seattle — why, they seemed to be moving —
North to Alaska
They’re goin’ north, the rush is on
(Starring John Wayne, no less.)
Apparently the earworms went through San Fransisco too fast for their hearts to get stuck there. Too bad. Then maybe my mind could’ve been left in peace.