One Hit Wonders vs Greatest Hits

It always amuses me how songs stick with us. When you hear a song it sticks in your brain. Kind of reminds me of the involuntary reflex to yawn. See yawn must yawn. Hear song must sing it. In order to get the song out of my head I have to refocus my brain and fill it with another thought.

Yesterday, we took my son and his visiting cousins to see the movie Hop. One of the songs in the movie was the 80’s One Hit Wonder, I Want Candy. This morning, I woke up with it stuck in my brain like a chronic yawn. But, like I do so often, I changed the words around a little. I Want Candy, I Want Candy became I Want Coffee, I Want Coffee. I like my version so much better. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve had another song stuck in my head lately. It randomly came up in my iPod shuffle while I was walking my dog earlier this week. It’s a song my mom wrote and used to play on her guitar 25 years ago. I don’t actually have a recording of my mom singing or playing the song. My family was never that organized and my family never got any of my mom’s songs on tape. But, like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I used to sing many of the songs with my mom and heard her sing them in church so many times when I was a child that they are now stuck in my brain. I’m not complaining. These are some of my favorite memories.

A couple years ago I asked our worship pastor at church if he would mind recording three of the songs for me. He willingly agreed. He played the guitar and one of our worship singers sung the songs. I now have these songs on CD and will, on occasion, listen to them. These songs would probably never hit the Billboard Top 100 but they are some of The Greatest Hits I’ve ever heard.

The current mom song stuck in my brain is this one:

Search Me Oh Lord

Search me, oh Lord, look within
Make me aware of my sin
Take out myself and then put love in
Search me oh Lord

Take whatever’s wrong in me and make it right
Oh Lord let me live in your light
Just take whatever’s wrong in me and make it right
Oh Lord let me live in your light

Lead me, oh Lord, now I pray
Closer to You everyday
I never intended to lose my way
Lead me oh Lord

Take whatever’s wrong in me and make it right
Oh Lord let me live in your light
Just take whatever’s wrong in me and make it right
Oh Lord let me live in your light

Having songs stuck in my head reminded me of something else today. I am reminded of the importance of being willing to transform our thoughts and to make them obedient to what Christ desires for us. We need to be willing to be willing. We need to honestly listen to the music playing in our heads and hearts and ask the Lord…is this tune in step with Your will for me or do You wish to fill my life with a more beautiful melody today?

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Godโ€™s will isโ€”his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2 NIV)

He has given me a new song to sing,
a hymn of praise to our God. (Psalm 40:3 NLT)

5 thoughts on “One Hit Wonders vs Greatest Hits

  1. Heidi

    How wonderful that you have these songs that your mom wrote! You are right, He needs to be the song in our heads and our hearts and we need to sing in obedience back to Him. Great post ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Lisa

    I love the words to that song, Eileen. I want my thoughts, words, and actions to be in step with God's will for my life.

  3. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    I like your version of "I Want Candy" better too Eileen. ๐Ÿ™‚

    What a wonderful legacy, and a lovely song you've shared with us. May we all have such powerful lyrics "stuck in our heads".

    Have a Blessed Day!


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