I hope you went to a religious school. Otherwise, what the heck were you doing singing hymns in a public school? I was in school a lot longer ago than you were, but we didn't sing religious songs. We did sing some strange ones, though--"Sleep, Kentucky Babe" (we were in NY), "The Happy Wanderer," and, in middle school, a really weird one about JFK's assassination. "A young man rode with his head held high, under the Texas sun, and no one guessed that a man so blessed, would perish by the gun..." Isn't that just awful? Edit: Anigma, you are quite right. Studies show that people remember songs, even themes from commercials and TV shows, for a very long time. I think that's why Schoolhouse Rock was so successful. My son can still "sing" the preamble to the Constitution. It's much harder to memorize that simply as prose instead of a song.