On being driven crazy by a song…

Last evening I found myself wandering around a department store, and heard a song playing that I recognized as one of those mid-60’s hits that I hadn’t heard in years. It was not the original version, however, but a fairly nice cover with a little bit of Cher-like voice synthing. I pointed it out to my son, who really didn’t care, but the great thing about having a son is that you can make him listen to your childhood memories, whether he likes them or not.

But, I didn’t know the name of the song, and didn’t know who the original artist was. All I could recall is that I thought one of the lines was “It would be so nice.” This, however, got confused in my mind with the Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” which I had just been listening to that afternoon (I was in a 60’s pop mood, what can I say…).

I thought the band may have been the Turtles, but more than likely was not. I searched the Turtles greatest hits, and didn’t find anything close. I Googled a few different versions of my snippet of lyrics, to no avail, either.

It was driving my crazy. I woke up this morning with the song playing in my head… I could hear the melody, the harmonies, everything but the lyrics. I could even hear the original vocalist, I just couldn’t place him.

I was still driving me crazy.

Tonite, I went grocery shopping with my wife. On the way home, I was telling her about the song, and how it was driving me nuts. The, for who knows what reason, I thought, “Perhaps it was the Lovin’ Spoonful.” Now, I was never a bit Lovin’ Spoonful fan. I did at one time own one of their albums, that I had bought for 47 cents, or something like that, but couldn’t tell you which one now.

So, when I got home, I Googled “Lovin’ Spoonful greatest hits” and sure enough, the 2nd song on their greatest hits album was “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice.”

Am I good, or what?

It was never a favorite song of mine, but now that it’s driven me crazy, I think it has become one.  The lyrics are fairly cute, and a little bizarre, in a way – kind of like something the Turtles would have done:

You didn’t have to be so nice
I would have liked you anyway
If you had just looked once or twice
And gone upon your quiet way

Today I said the time was right for me to follow you
I knew I’d find you in a day or two
And it’s true

So it doesn’t drive any of you crazy (or perhaps so it can), here it is:


~ by Alden on April 6, 2008.

4 Responses to “On being driven crazy by a song…”

  1. Here’s my nomination for the song that just wouldn’t go away:

  2. Unforgettable. Torturous, but unforgettable.

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