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Every morning, here in L.A., I slip out of my Justice League jammy bottoms and step into the shower to prepare for yet another new day. Every morning the same song is stuck in my head. No matter what I do—short of singing the entire theme song--opening and closing credits--to The Flintstones —the song REMAINS the same—stuck in my head. In my case the song is Led Zeppelin’s “Dancing Days”. I love the band but this is not my “fave” Led Zeppelin song!

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Luckily, through chats with friends both old and new both here in California and in a favorite Facebook group--You grew up in the Souderton/ Telford/ Harleysville area if you remember... I found out I'm not alone in this experience. This happens to lots of people. This series is dedicated to all the songs that somehow get “stuck in your head”. Here are the most recent “evil earworms”.

Our first earworm this time comes from Kim Cooke. Cooke comments: “Over here in the UK we have a sweet little singer called Lily Allen and she has been commissioned by John Lewis to sing this Keane song on their commercial. Then I'm sat in the wife's car, it comes on the radio and I learn not only is it a single but it's also no.1 over here. So then it was stuck in my head all day Wednesday driving me nuts but in a good way. Enjoy.” The title of the song is “Somewhere Only We Know” and it was first released in 2004.

Next up, Roseann Madonna submitted the song “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. She said: “I like this song! It's catchy. The kind of song you can't get out of your head.” (Well, maybe, but even friendly fire can kill you.) Originally off her 2012 EP Curiosity it was also included on her international debut disc Kiss from the same year. The song was written by Jepsen and Tavish Crowe and was meant to be a folk song.

A California local had “Sow Good Seeds” by Rizorkestra stuck in his head. It’s the lead-in to his 2007 disc American Guitar. (In fact, you can read about the entire album elsewhere on Examiner.) Don’t forget, guys and dolls, if ever your name is “lost” by all means send a message and you will get mentioned next time!

Dorine Houston had the classic cut “Under the Boardwalk” crammed in her cranium. This one goes back to 1964. It was written by Arthur Resnick and Kenny Young. The Drifters first recorded it in 1964. If you pay attention you will hear the reference to their previous hit “Up on the Roof”.

Another “accidentally anonymous” contributor submitted the earworm ”Amish Paradise” by Weird Al Yankovich and blamed it on your PA-raised writer re-publishing pieces on the Amish. This parody of Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise”—which rips off Stevie Wonder’s “Pastime Paradise”—was released in 1996.

There you have it, oh ye of lots of faith, the most recent oft’times obnoxious “earworms” from different decades, genres and mediums. The way submissions are still slowly trickling in the series will make it past 40 editions. Wow! You keep sending ‘em and we’ll keep publishing ‘em!

My name is Phoenix and . . . that's the bottom line.

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