Vulnerability: That Crazy Song in My Head

by Larry Hehn on January 5, 2011

rose songHave you ever been surprised to find a certain song playing in your head? You know, you’re driving to work, not thinking about anything in particular, and then BAM! For no reason you start humming the theme song from Mission Impossible

duhn, duhn, du-DUHN
duhn, duhn, du-duhn
duhn, duhn, du-DUHN
duhn, duhn, du-duhn

Is it just me?

Yesterday morning I woke up with a song running through my head. Now it isn’t all that unusual for me to have a song bouncing around my brain. But this particular song was a big surprise.

It was a song that I hadn’t heard in years. It would never find its way onto my iPod, if I owned one. It would never be played on any radio station I currently listen to.

The song was The Rose, by Bette Midler.

And it wasn’t just the tune. It was a specific set of lyrics from the song:

It’s the heart afraid of breaking
that never learns to dance
It’s the dream afraid of waking
that never takes the chance
It’s the one who won’t be taken
who cannot seem to give
and the soul afraid of dying
that never learns to live

Wow. How freaky is that?

Just last week I wrote a post about my word for the year 2011. It was part of the One Word 2011 campaign championed by my friend Alece at Grit & Glory.

My word for 2011 is Vulnerability.

How amazing that those lyrics would come to me out of the blue. A song I hadn’t thought of or heard in years. A song whose lyrics I never really considered before. A song that would be an unexpected assurance, a tune of encouragement played by an invisible radio.

You can call it coincidence if you like. Brush it off as chance, like so many other random songs that come to mind throughout the day. I think I’ll just hold onto it for a while. Treasure it as a whisper from God, letting me know I’m on the right track.

Maybe, just maybe, someone else needed to hear it too.

When the night has been too lonely
and the road has been too long
and you think that love is only
for the lucky and the strong
Just remember in the winter
far beneath the bitter snows
lies the seed
that with the sun’s love
in the spring
becomes the rose

What’s the latest song you’ve had running through your head?

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

educlaytion January 5, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Larry I know exactly what you mean about songs just popping out of nowhere. Actually, I have been trying to do this to people for years. I find great joy in humming short bursts of random music to distracted people in hopes that they’ll start a few minutes later. My buddy and I used to always get each other at work. That said, I have very little Bette Midler in my brain and if my automatic recall selected her I would be surprised for different reasons than a song I haven’t thought of in a while! Still, I like your style me friend.


Larry Hehn January 5, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Ah, my brother from another mother! I love doing that too. Often I hum those pesky little ditties that won’t easily go away once they’ve taken root. Of course, my friends like to return the favor. There are some really catchy songs out there. Too much fun!


speakingwinds January 5, 2011 at 8:46 pm

…Just remember in the winter
far beneath the bitter snows
lies the seed
that with the sun’s love
in the spring
becomes the rose…

Those specific words have always brought tears to my eyes…even presently…don’t know why.
Interesting to ‘hear’ again. I think hearing with the heart (soul) can be different than hearing with the ears (mind).


Larry Hehn January 5, 2011 at 9:27 pm

So true. I find the same thing with reading. I’m thankful for those times when I truly “get it”. Thanks for sharing!


Michael January 5, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Truthfully, I was singing Kris Kros’ “Jump, Jump” today.

Kris Kross will make you…jump…jump…

Mac Daddy will make you jump…jump…
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Larry Hehn January 5, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Miggity, miggity, miggity, miggity Mac!
Oh Michael, look what you started…!


Michael January 5, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I’m so sorry.
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Tony Alicea January 6, 2011 at 6:56 am

“Some of them try to rhyme but they can’t rhyme like this…”

Unfortunately Tracee and Jen put Rump Shaker by Wrecks n Effect in my head yesterday. Ahh!

It’s incredible how songs can sometimes pop in your head out of nowhere. It’s cool when it speaks to you strongly like The Rose. Not so cool when you have “I’m too sexy for my shirt” stuck in your head.
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Larry Hehn January 6, 2011 at 9:03 am

Ooh, thanks for planting that one in my head, Tony. Hard to believe that song is almost 20 years old!


bill (cycleguy) January 6, 2011 at 7:07 am

Sorry guys. You all listen to the wrong kind of music. You ought to be listening to Stryper or Pillar. Their music will put hair on your chest (too bad not the head) and make you want to shake your head and play air guitar. Strangely though, I woke up today with Deeper and Majesty from Delirious? in my head. Does that mean I am getting older and slowing down? 🙂


Larry Hehn January 6, 2011 at 8:29 am

Not to worry, Bill. I’m a Pillar fan from way back. It’s a great day when “Underneath It All” is in my head. And hair is on it! 😉


Jim F. January 6, 2011 at 7:46 am

For whatever reason – Soul Sister by Train has been KILLING ME! It rattles through my brain constantly like a marble falling on a marble floor and roll down stairs. It has been a week now …..please make it STOP!

Good post and Great Word!
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Larry Hehn January 6, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Believe it or not, Jim, I have not heard that song yet. Sounds like it’s pretty catchy! I like your analogy of the marble. Hope it goes away soon. Have you thought of the “I’m too sexy for my shirt” song instead?


Debbie Simler-Goff January 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Funnily enough, I was just talking about the whole odd song thing last week with some friends. The latest song in my head which has no spiritual significance whatsoever but that I haven’t heard in years is “La La Labamba…”

Go figure.

Thanks for thoughtful post. Glad your head songs have more meaning than mine do… 🙂


Larry Hehn January 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Hey, if you’re going to have a song in your head, that’s a decent choice. I must say that I am impressed that your head songs are multilingual! Thanks for dropping in, Debbie!


lori January 7, 2011 at 11:57 am

I love this post, and those words are really good, though I haven’t thought about them in years. Music is one of the main ways that I feel like God comforts me and speaks to me, so I can completely relate to this. Songs hit me in ways that I don’t often expect, but I love when that happens. Thanks for giving me another one to ponder!
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Larry Hehn January 7, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Wow, Lori, I just read your post about U2 and Walk On. That’s incredible how similar the themes of our posts are. I’m very glad you came by and shared that. Now I have a new song to ponder too!


Peter Graham January 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm

OK, not proud of this, but it WAS funny. There was this guy I used to work with. I set him up. He was ALWAYS humming or singing some song that had gotten stuck in his head, only he did it loudly. I went around and let all of the co-workers in on what I was going to do, so they could respond appropriately. Then I went to work. I hummed the Scarecrow’s song from “The Wizard of Oz” ad nauseam for days on end, every time I was around this particular guy. Finally, when I was about to give up, it worked. Sitting in the lunch room, with about 35 other people, he began the hum it. The other workers, with perfect timing, waited until the correct time. It sounded something like this…

He hummed the following, I’ll provide the words so you can follow along.

“I could wile away the hours
Conferrin’ with the flowers
Consultin’ with the rain
And my head I’d be scratchin’
While my thoughts were busy hatchin’…”

Then staff room erupted with 35 well trained, fairly loud, voices…

“If YOU only had a brain!”

Like I sad, not proud. I did apologize. He wasn’t angry (he was a really good sport, all the time.) Even he thought it was funny.

Now, as God has a sense of humour, you can guess what song is running through my head!

Thanks Larry!


Larry Hehn January 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Umm…Follow the Yellow Brick Road? 😉

I always look forward to your comments, Peter. Somehow I’m not surprised that you would put that much thought and effort into something like that. I also know you’d only do something like that if the person involved with the joke was a good sport and willing to play along. No wonder we’re such good friends!


Ds January 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I have this song.

And love it.

God put it there. Great post….


Larry Hehn January 7, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Thanks, Duane. Keep singin’!


Marie January 15, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I love having music running through my head and my heart. I sing all the time as “words” will just spark a song and then I simply must sing them. – much to the delight of my family 🙂

I do wake up with songs running through my mind and have to wonder where they came from because it has been forever since i’ve heard them.

Keep Singing!!

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Larry Hehn January 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Wow, thanks very much for the thoughtful comment, Marie. It’s great that you have a song in your heart and are so willing to share it. I’m glad you came by!


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