Ear worms

On Monday morning of this week I was at the 7 a.m. prayer group at my church. Just before we left, we all signed cards for the people who were sick. One of the ladies in the group was addressing envelopes, and when she finished with them, she said, “Walla Walla Bing Bang!”

That started the “ear worm” in my head. (Thanks, Rosie!)

In case you don’t know or do not remember that great song from the 50s, it is called “Witch Doctor” and was written and recorded in 1958 by David Seville (real name was Ross Bagdasarian, Sr.). Mr. Seville recorded it with a distorted voice, which sounded like a chipmunk, and it was so popular that he invented a group called “Alvin and the Chipmunks.”

This song is one that really gets into your head and it won’t let go. I sang it most of the day out loud. It went into my brain, which let me know that I knew most of the words of the song, and I was able to irritate myself all day long with the chorus as well as the rest of the lyrics.

Ooo eee ooo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang

Ooo eee ooo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang.

The song is about a guy who fell in love with a girl and didn’t know what to do about it, so he went to the witch doctor and was told “Ooo eee ooo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang.”

I’m pretty sure that if a guy had gotten advice like this from a witch doctor and he related this information to his prospective lover, this probably would not have solved his problem. This guy was pretty desperate, and he wasn’t satisfied with what the witch doctor told him (which wouldn’t have surprised me), and so the guy went to another witch doctor who told him the same thing. “Ooo eee ooo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang.”

I’m pretty sure the advice of the second witch doctor was as ineffective as the first one’s — especially since the treatment was exactly the same. The song lyrics did not give us the ultimate outcome of all this trouble the love-sick fellow encountered, but the two witch doctors did accomplish one thing. He gave me an ear worm.

Ooo eee ooo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang!!!!!

I don’t plan to go to the witch doctor to get rid of this ear worm. It may be here to stay, but what I can do is give it to someone else. How about you?

Ooo eee ooo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang

Ooo eee ooo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang.

Have a great week!

— My love to all,

Nancy

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“He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.”

— Psalm 40:3

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