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Out Damn Embryonic Ear Worm

Last week, I was deleting an episode of Gilmore Girls that Tivo recorded for me. As I was deleting it, I noticed the episode title, “One’s Got Class and the Other One Dyes”. That struck a chord with me. It sounded so familiar that I thought maybe it was a pun on a song lyric or something.

I couldn’t think of the song though and no manor of Google searches could turn up the lyric I was looking for. I thought it was a Springsteen song or maybe Billy Joel. It just kept coming back and back — some barely remembered wisp of a lyric that I couldn’t quite catch and couldn’t quite forget.

This morning, I finally thought of the lyric that was driving me crazy. “Somebody’s going to emergency. Somebody’s going to jail” from Don Henley’s “New York Minute”. I still think the Gilmore Girls show might be referring to a different song, but that’s the one I was thinking of. I also think it’s funny that Google turned up a West Wing episode called Somebody’s Going to Emergency, Somebody’s Going to Jail, which is obviously a better match.

It’s such a relief to get that out of my head!

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