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Songs for each enneagram type

There are several songs that are emblematic of each enneagram type. They are amusing to hear, and I often use type-based music in enneagram trainings to give people a different sense of each type. Here are the ones I use most often, including some key lyrics. When played with the melody, they are even more illuminating than the words alone.

One | Maybe You’re Right (Cat Stevens)
Now maybe you’re right and maybe you’re wrong
But I ain’t gonna argue with you no more
I’ve done it for too long.

Two | Getting to Know You (Julie Andrews)
Getting to know you
Getting to know all about you
Getting to like you
Getting to hope you like me

Three | Nobody Does It Better (Carly Simon)
Nobody does it better
Makes me feel sad for the rest
Nobody does it half as good as you
Baby, you’re the best

Four | Yesterday (The Beatles)
Oh yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh I believe in yesterday

Five | You Don’t Know Me (Ray Charles)
You give your hand to me
And then you say hello
And I can hardly speak
My heart is beating so
And anyone can tell
You think you know me well
But you don’t know me (no you don’t know me)

Six | Maybe I’m Doing It Wrong (Randy Newman)
Maybe I’m doing it wrong
Maybe I’m doing it wrong
It just don’t move me
The way that it should
Maybe I’m doing it wrong

Seven | Don’t Worry, Be Happy (Bobby McFerrin)
Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy
Don’t worry, be happy now

Eight | Steamroller (James Taylor)
Well, I’m a steamroller, baby
I’m bound to roll all over you
Yes, I’m a steamroller, baby
I’m bound to roll all over you

Nine | Sitting by the Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)
Sittin’ in the mornin’ sun
I’ll be sittin’ when the evenin’ come
Watching the ships roll in
And then I watch ’em roll away again, yeah
I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Watching the tide roll away
Ooo, I’m just sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Wastin’ time

Ginger Lapid-Bogda PhD, the author of six best-selling Enneagram-business books, is a speaker, consultant, trainer, and coach. She provides certification programs for professionals around the world who want to bring the Enneagram into organizations with high-impact business applications, and is past-president of the International Enneagram Association. Visit her website: TheEnneagramInBusiness.com. ginger@theenneagraminbusiness.com

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Bella D
Bella D
3 years ago

I was looking for info about music & ennegram types after someone mentioned this. i found your page and have to tell you I giggled because you listed for type 9 a song that I LOVE and have, all my life. I know every word and it makes me really happy. I sang it all the time when I was younger and I can’t even explain just why I loved it so much. Guess it’s just a true 9 song!

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