Make it stop! Make it stop!

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So on the drive up to the cabin Friday afternoon, I started listening to Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. I’ve never read it it before, but after reading about Heathcliff being “the most hated character in English literature” in various Thursday Next novels, I’ve been meaning to find out why.

Well. This is certainly a novel filled with much mewling and whining and carrying on and people willing themselves to death hither and thither. And Heathcliff truly is a cruel, arrogant fiend. But even worse… ever since I started listening to the audiobook, I’ve had the Kate Bush song “Wuthering Heights” going through my head (here’s the video if you’re brave or foolish). Yes, indeed, ever since Friday afternoon, no matter what else I listen to instead, I hear Kate Bush warbling, “Heathcliff, it’s me, Cathy. Come home. I’m so cold! Let me in your window. Heathcliff…”

Make it stop! Make it stop! Argh!!!

“NOOOOO!! NOOOOO!! I don’t want that song stuck in my head, either, Mom!! Run away!!!” -Chaos

“Moooooooooom!! That song melted my ears!!!! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!” -Mayhem

47 thoughts on “Make it stop! Make it stop!”

  1. I’ve never read Wuthering Heights, and I have no desire to. LOL. I just can’t get in to books like that.

    I’m trying to think of a song that will take the dreadful Kate Bush song out of your head. Ummm…

    In the town where I was born,
    Lived a man who sailed to sea,
    And he told us of his life,
    In the land of submarines,

    So we sailed up to the sun,
    Till we found a sea of green,
    And we lived beneath the waves,
    In our yellow submarine,

    We all live in a yellow submarine,
    Yellow submarine, yellow submarine,
    We all live in a yellow submarine,
    Yellow submarine, yellow submarine…

  2. LOL when we had to read that book in my Vict. Lit class everyone hated it and all the discussions were focused on why she chose that book instead of something else.

    But you do get 10 bonus points for the day for working hither and thither into a conversation. Hell… make it 20. 🙂

  3. The song won’t get stuck in my head because I’m ranting various lines from The Exorcist. (“Mother, make it stop!” or”Your mother sucks rocks in Hell.” Lines like that.)
    Thanks, now I’ll break into lines from Whatever happened to Baby Jane. (“But ya are, Blanche, ya are…”)
    No more coffee for me today.

  4. Chris- I liked Wuthering Heights and Kate Bush.

    But I can see where both would get on your nerves, especially the ear worm.

    …”I’ve written a letter to Daddy, his address is heaven above”.

  5. I’ve never heard the Kate Bush song. Those people in the book needed therapy though. Usually I get “The Love Boat” theme song or something else equally annoying stuck in my head.

  6. Here you go, this unstucks any song…

    What you gonna do
    You want to get down
    Tell me what you gonna do
    You want to get down
    Get down on it
    Get down on it
    Come on and
    (Repeat)

    How you gonna do if you really
    Don’t want to dance by standing on the wall
    Get your back up off the wall
    Tell me
    How you gonna do if you really
    Don’t want to dance by standing on the wall
    Get your back up off the wall
    Cause I heard all the people sayin’
    Get down on it
    Come on and
    Get down on it, if you really want it
    Get down on it, You gotta feel it
    Get down on it
    Come and
    baby baby
    Get on it
    I say people what
    What you gonna do
    You’re gotta get on the groove
    If you want your body to move
    Tell me baby
    How you gonna do it if you really
    Don’t want to dance by standing on the wall
    Let your back up off the wall
    Tell me
    How you gonna do it
    if you really won’t take a chance
    by standing on the wall
    Let your back up off the wall
    Cause I heard all the people sayin’
    Get down on it
    (Repeat)
    when you’re dancing
    Get down on it
    Get down on it
    Get down on it
    Get down on it
    Da Da Ba Da Ba Da Ba Do
    What you gonna do
    Do you want to get down
    What you gonna do
    Get your back up off the wall
    Dance come on
    Dance come on
    Get down on it – Come on and
    Get down on it – If you really want it
    Get down on it – Gotta feel it
    Get down on it – Get down on it
    Get down on it – Come on and
    Get down on it – Baby baby
    Hpw you gonna do it if you really
    don’t want to dance by standing on the wall
    Get your back up off the wall
    How you gonna do it if you really
    won’t take a chance
    By standing on the wall
    Listen baby

  7. I’ve never met a single person who enjoyed Wuthering Heights.

    And I think it’s possible that listening to the audiobook might be worse than reading it….

  8. Here. This always does it for me:

    A wimoweh, a-wimoweh a-wimoweh, a wimoweh
    A wimoweh, a-wimoweh a-wimoweh, a wimoweh
    A wimoweh, a-wimoweh a-wimoweh, a wimoweh
    A wimoweh, a-wimoweh a-wimoweh, a wimoweh

    In the jungle the mighty jungle the lion sleeps tonight
    In the jungle the quiet jungle the lion sleeps tonight

  9. It’s not that bad a song if Kate wasn’t singing so dang high. There a guy singing it on youtube with guitar.
    I didn’t hate Heathcliff after I read Wurthering Heights. I can see how you could though, but in those days and how he was treated…I’ll stop now so I don’t ruin it for you.

  10. Never heard Kate Bush sing that song, but I have Pat stuck in my head. Fortunately for me, I don’t hate the song. But I always hated the book–ranks right up there with the other horrible books they made us read in high school–Grapes of Wrath and Of Human Bondage. Just shoot me.

  11. I’ve appreciated WH more in recent years as I could stand back from it and look at the wildness of the romantic imagination that created it — the Brontes were a straaaange bunch — and delve into the wealth of themes that it confronts (womanhood, wealth, love, etc). Can’t say as I’ve ever liked the book though.

    Love the song. Always have. Now I have to go look at the video.

  12. I reread it about a year ago, and I too kept hearing that song.Thanks for the comment on the kittens, the comments are’nt showing up on my email so I can’t respond to them. My computer has been having problems lately

  13. I first read “Wuthering Heights” when I was in middle school. When I reread it in grad school, it occurred to me that it’s actually perfect reading for 13-year-old girls — overly melodramatic, filled with gothic longing, and featuring spoiled characters. Try listening with your repressed seventh grade self and see if that helps…

  14. As a teacher of British Literature, I have this to say: “Wuthering Heights” is a ghastly book. FLEE! And I’ve never been able to decide which was worse — Cathy or Heathcliff. But they definitely deserve each other. The only good thing is it provided the line “It struck me as pretty ridiculous to be called Mr. Darcy and to stand on your own looking snooty at a party. It’s like being called Heathcliff and insisting on spending the entire evening in the garden, shouting ‘Cathy’ and banging your head against a tree.” from “Bridget Jones’ Diary.”

    I don’t say this about many books, but it’s not even worth finishing. Her sister did well with “Jane Eyre,” but the rest of the family should have had their pens taken away.

  15. Ugh, no, no, no! I liked Jane Eyre though, I think that was pretty wild.
    Poor kitty ears, just because you are torturing yourself, doesn’t mean you should torture them too. Got a job btw…and other stuff.

  16. Thank goodness I read some of the other comments because even though my tired brain is trying, it still can’t remember Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights although it has now locked onto The Lion Sleeps Tonight….!

  17. So glad to see others having issues with WH. I like me a good book filled with angst, but I just didn’t get that one, and couldn’t figure out why people talked about that book in that literary tone…”ohhhhh Wuthering Heighttttssss.” I always wanted to ask if we were reading the same edition of the same book!

    Give me Edith Wharton angst any day. If I’m in the mood for angst, that is. Usually I’m more in the mood for murder (mysteries). 🙂

  18. Cripe, Wuthering Heights (book)… I always had this impression that it was this terribly romantic book, but when I finally read it last year, I decided that everyone in it was just stupid.

    I’ll go with Michaele – Wuthering Heights in Semaphore is hilarious – especially the bit with the baby.

    Ok, but the song? The song I love. The worst Kate Bush song is “Babushka” – which is about a woman trying to be sexy and signing her secret love letters “Babushka.” Where I grew up, Babushka was a Polish grandmother. While not meant disrespectfully, it was zero amounts of sexy.

  19. That really was one of the worst books ever written. And Kate Bush. I have this imaginary spaceship that makes runs to Pluto with people I can’t stand and leaves them there. She gets a seat in the front row, in the middle seat between Celine Dion and Dionne Warwick.

    Now if you want a song to stick in your head to replace that one, try “Do You Know The Way to San Jose”. Whoa whoa whoa, wa wa wa whoa whoa.

    Run, cats! The bad songs are coming!!

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