Music and Memory

Earlier today, a friend posted a Guardian article about airline passengers being bitten by bedbugs during a transcontinental/transatlantic flight. Somehow my mind associated with a song I used to hear as a teenager studying in England. While I could hear the song clearly in my mind, I could not at first remember the title while a refrain like “when the bedbugs bite at night”. A Google search was unfruitful with those words. Then I remembered the singer, Lonnie Donegan. I Googled again and Bingo! Lonnie Donegan’s “Does your chewing gum lose its flavor?” “on the bedpost overnight”. So my lyrical brain confused bedbugs for bedpost but my music memory was good about the rhythm and melody of the tune. So much better than my word memory Yes, it is strange but true that it is the right brain that controls singing, including the lyrics, while it is the left brain that controls speech. This is confirmed by scientific observations that people who stutter while speaking have no difficulty singing without stuttering. As for wordy brain, it had forgotten that this genre of music was called skiffle, that is until I heard the name mentioned when I had an aha moment: of course it was skiffle and it has been over 50 years since I had last heard this term used. Go figure out how our (aging) brains work.
Here is a link to the song as I remember hearing it:

Here are the Lyrics:
Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It’s Flavor
Lonnie Donegan

Oh me oh my oh you
Whatever shall I do?
Hallelujah,
The question is peculiar
I’d give a lot of dough
If only I could know
The answer to my question
Is it yes or is it no?

Does your chewing gum lose its flavor
on the bedpost overnight?
If your mother says don’t chew it,
Do you swallow it in spite?
Can you catch it on your tonsils,
Can you heave it left & right?
Does your chewing gum lose its flavor
on the bedpost overnight?

Here comes a blushing bride
The groom is by her side
Up to the altar,
Just as steady as Gibraltar
The groom has got the ring
And it’s such a pretty thing
But as he slips it on her finger
The choir begins to sing:

Does your chewing gum lose its flavor
on the bedpost overnight?
If your mother says don’t chew it,
Do you swallow it in spite?
Can you…

Skiffle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skiffle
Lonnie Donegan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonnie_Donegan
Another Donegan song I vividly remember: My Old Man’s a Dustman: