The Recessive Gene: My Pool Needs A Lifeguard

A little DNA humor for you.

My family struggles with an affliction.  There is no test to determine whether you have it or not.  You don’t know you have it, until one time it just happens.  Someone says something innocently to you or around you, and you BURST INTO SONG.

We refer to it as the recessive gene in my family.  It’s more of a sickness, actually.  It’s like a chronic illness-once you have it, it’s yours for life.

Still unclear as to what I am referring to?  Picture it, choir practice, all of the members of the choir are sitting in the pews.  The choir director chooses the song to rehearse and says “Let’s start at the very beginning.”  Which I reply instantly by singing “A very good place to start.”  I can’t help it, it just comes out!

Oh it’s not just limited to songs from The Sound of Music.  I must admit that one is a frequent target though, especially anytime someone says dough, doe, ray, me, sew, so, and tea.  That will result in any number of lines being sung from “Do, Re, Mi” by yours truly or any member of my side of the family.  Other common targets include, oddly enough, Monty Python’s “I’m A Lumberjack and I’m Okay.”

It doesn’t stop there.  It gets much worse.  I am also burdened with the ability to make a song out of anything.  ANYTHING!

I taught preschool for many years.  Every kid in my room had a theme song.  It was like a mini WWE- when they would come around, I’d sing the little song I made up for them.  We had an Adrianna, who was and always will remain one of the most awesome kids of all time.  I made her a theme song from the tune “Alouetta”.

Note to Sallie Mae-This is the one and only time I’ll admit to using the damn degree in this post.  You can still have it back.

Or theme songs. We should all have a theme song.

Some songs are a frequent target for modification.  “My Sharona” by The Kinks has endless possibilities.  Many of those versions I can’t share here.  You say you’re addicted to something, I’ll break out my best Robert Palmer.  “Might as well face it you’re addicted to (insert thing here).”  Obviously some words, like cheese, work a lot better than words like magnesium sulfate.

My husband has this gene too.  Since my daughter seems to have also inherited this affliction at the tender age of three, I guess in this case we can’t call it a recessive gene, now can we?

Some of my proudest song modification moments:

“I kissed a cat and I liked it, his breath smelled just like catnip.” (“I Kissed a Girl and I Liked It”)

“Stop draggin my trash around.”  (“Stop Draggin My Heart Around”)

“Mouse poop in my pantry doesn’t make me happy.” (“Sunshine On My Shoulders”)

How many of you are enough of a Weird Al fan that you either a)  Can’t hear the song without singing the Weird Al version, or b)have NO idea what the actual words are to the songs he has parodied?  I have no idea what the actual words are to “Our Loves In Jeopardy”, “Gangsta’s Paradise”, or “Ridin”.  I certainly can’t hear Avril Lavigne’s song “Complicated” without singing “Why’d you have to go and make me so constipated?”

It’s a sickness…  Do YOU have the recessive gene or some horrible mutation of it?  How does it manifest itself in your life?

BWAH HA HA! Scary, isn’t it?

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55 thoughts on “The Recessive Gene: My Pool Needs A Lifeguard

  1. LOL! We sing like this too! I thought we were the only ones! My husband does *not*, nor does my son; it’s a female thing – just me and my clever daughter. 😉 We also quote movies a LOT and even change the quotes slightly to fit the siuation! So much fun. I pity people who don’t do this!

  2. Hmmm…I think my family may have had the same genetic mutation. Sadly though we have out grown it though. My wife always found it annoying that I would just randomly sing out random phrases, so I learned to control it. Life hasn’t been quite the same though.

  3. Reblogged this on The Sadder But Wiser Girl and commented:

    I sat in my mother’s living room this evening and heard thunder outdoors. My dad asked my mom to check the weather, which prompted me to sing “I wanted to be with you alone, and talk about the weather…” And then it prompted me to reblog this post! Bonus points if you know what song that’s from.

  4. Ok so I have a bad case of this… Especially all things Sound of Music and anything Monty Python. But really anything else. Even commercials. I annoy people because no matter what they are talking about a song comes to mind and I can’t help it. Movies quotes as well but mostly providing a soundtrack to my life 🙂

    Does you affliction also come with ear worms Mine does…songs will get stuck all day…days even!

  5. OMG I am so relieved I’m not alone. I have it as well with advertisements. It’s scary to think how many times I’ve said “behold the power of cheese.” (remember that one????)

  6. YES! I don’t often break suddenly into song, but I have narrated a weekend with the help of Pink (NANANANANA-NAaaa-Naaa I’m gonna [insert activity here]) and I adore Weird Al.

  7. I find that Tom’s Diner by Suzanne Vega lends itself very easily to song modification…It doesn’t help that it’s been stuck in my head since 1990.

  8. I totally do this all the time much to my husband’s dismay. Many times my songs are to the tune of I’m a little teapot and are about our two dogs.

  9. My family has this exact same affliction. We just can’t stop doing it. I always wished my life could be a musical…and actually, it is, just without the orchestra accompaniment.

    And when we aren’t singing…we are responding to each other with obscure movie and tv quotes.

    It is good to know we aren’t alone.

  10. So funny! I think I have half of this gene…. The lyrics always pop into my head, but I am way to self-conscious to actually sing it out loud. Now I have “I’m a lumberjack” going through my head. But “I’m okay.”

  11. My two year old has started to do this, and it’s adorable. Although he’s mainly limited to “Wheels on the Bus” and “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” and most of his improvisation is limited to garbage and poop talk.

  12. Oh my gosh, I LOVE weird al! Oddly, I know the original versions too but I will often find myself singing the parody instead of the regular song when it comes on the radio! I have the recessive “movie quote” gene similar to the “bursting out into song” gene where I have to quote a stupid movie if something reminds me of it. My husband is a huge fan of this after over a decade together (wink).

    p.s. I too have a degree that I would love to return to Sallie Mae for even half a refund. I totally get it.

  13. You are so awesome! My husband has it, as it turns out my four-year-old too! He actually came up with such an amazing rhyme today (that he sang) and I totally forgot it, urghhhh! I would love to be in that class of yours, because that sounds amazing. I now want a theme song! In fact, I’ll demand my husband comes up with one! (BTW, did you love Ally McBeal for that?)

    • You know I never watched that show! HA HA! I don’t have a theme song. Ooooo-maybe we need to a Twisted Mixtape Tuesday with that theme. I TOTALLY need to suggest that to Jen!

  14. I just realized I already commented on this and commented again and am coming back to say that Tucker’s bedtime songs are ALL my own spoofs on legit songs (It’s a wonderful world = he’s the most wonderful boy” etc). Ok so maybe you should kick me off of commenting now.

  15. Yup, guilty. I have a post that is slowly being added to of phrases I can not hear without immediately bursting out in song: Beastie Boys – Hey Ladies! or how about Salt N Peppa’s – Push It just to name a few. Glad I am not the only one with issues.

  16. Too funny! Yes, we have that gene…well, it is yet to be seen if it will appear in the children, but the hubby & I have it. We also have whole ‘lyric conversations’ … completely straight-faced.

  17. Ha! I love it. I’m like that too – sing-songy with everything. I remember when MC HAmmer’s “Can’t Touch This” came out – I would say that phrase all the time to my mom, sister, friends, teachers and sports coaches in response to them asking me to pick up something!

  18. I like you 😀

    I literally LOLed a few times reading this post. I love to sing too, but mostly to the kiddoes in therapy (I’m a speech path), or in my car. I am now going to start thinking about how to weave adaptations of ‘I’m a Lumberjack and I’m Okay’ into my daily conversations

  19. My husband does this too. I find it refreshing and smart. Remains to be seen who my daughter will take after. I hope him. Since you and your husband both do it, your kids are doubly refreshing and smart. I think it’s adorable that you made up a song for each of your students! So sweet!

  20. I TOTALLY make up different lyrics to songs too! When my first husband had a kidney stone, he had to strain his pee to find the stone. I would sing the tune “Reuined and it feels so good” but would sing “Straining my pee and it feels so good….wanna catch the stone, I wish I could.”

    I LOVE your “mouse poop in the pantry doesn’t make me happy” one. Brilliant, and true.

  21. Yes…but it must come from my side of the family! My husband always said he couldn’t stand musical theatre because no one in real life ever just bursts into song for no reason. Well, now we have son who sings EVERYTHING! I think it’s hilarious. My husband not so much.

  22. Bahahahahaha Sarah!!! Every single week…..they see me mowin’…..my front lawn…..I love that you wrote about this! So glad I’m not alone!

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  24. Hahahaha Everyone at my new job already thinks I’m border line nuts, but loves me for it, I tell them “you’re only hearing, like, a quarter of it… my tongue HURTS” the other day someone mentioned “Niagara Falls”and i had the f-ing theme song to Marine Land stuck on a loop in my head for HOURS! I had to sing it for them, I got “the look” lol

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