Words as Auditory Cues

Are there words that trigger songs to pop into your head?  It happens to me all the time.

I was looking for my hammer when I got home from work.  I said, “I thought I had a hammer” and my brain immediately kicked into the old classic “If I Had a Hammer.”

This is not a common song for me, but it is a common occurrence.  I’ve learned not to count backwards from five unless I want to have “Happy New Year” from Rent stuck in my head for the next hour.  Often I’ll find myself humming a song and have to go back through the preceding few minutes to find what sparked the tune.

I guess specific memories get tied to words, be they songs or images, and those words can trigger the memories again.

What words trigger songs for you?

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