March 29, 2005


The first time I remember it happening on a regular basis was when I was nine. I'd just moved schools and shyly tried to fit in with the other children in the playground. I managed to pluck up the courage to introduce myself to a small group of my peers, childishly lisping 'Hello, I'm new' and then the fatal words 'my name is Layla'.

Now, I knew that there was a song called Layla, I even knew it was written by Eric Clapton (my parents had played it often enough), but what I didn't expect was an out of tune chorus of small children singing 'Diddle-diddle-diddle-der' at me, pretty much non stop for my final two years at the school. Well, maybe not quite 'Diddle-diddle-diddle-der', but that's the general way it goes. How else do you type it?

And in the playground you may think it would stop, slowly dying away along with Take That and pogs. You'd think so wouldn't you? But no. Now I don't wish to sound bitter, but being named after a song is a curse I tell you, a curse! Try having a rational conversation with someone just knowing that they are restraining the urge to sing the part of a guitar at you.

So there, if you know or ever meet a person with such a name, just think before you sing at them. It may seem witty and original to you, but it's not. Trust me on this. It's not.

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  1. I hear you. Eleanor Rigby. Such a cheerful song!

    29 Mar 2005, 23:42

  2. Layla is such an awesome song though.

    29 Mar 2005, 23:58

  3. This is the price you pay for not being another Katie. My name is fine at the moment but come Christmas time…

    30 Mar 2005, 11:58

  4. Wax on, Wax off.

    There is always something that kids can do with your name.

    30 Mar 2005, 13:26

  5. True I suppose, but why are adults still doing it to me? Hmm, maybe this is something I should get over…

    30 Mar 2005, 14:25

  6. Let it be put down for posterity that I have never once sung that at you… I've not even tried and been forcibly stopped – and that probably explains why I'm the only one on your favourites list :-)

    17 Apr 2005, 23:40

  7. At least your flatmates don't sing it at you… diddle-diddle-diddle-der!

    20 Apr 2005, 22:07

  8. You'll love this

    21 Apr 2005, 16:35

  9. layla

    hey my name is layla too

    28 Apr 2006, 19:38

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