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huitzilopochtli
06-24-2014, 07:12 PM
It's not do your ears hang low, or my dog has fleas or the entertainer.

I moved to a new apartment on Sunday. The icecream man has been playing this song for the last 2 afternoons and it's driving me crazy that I can't place it. Internet isn't hooked up yet and every google search on my phone leads me to pages of the NPR story. Please help.

I'll do my best to describe it but this is not my forte. The truck plays the same 8 bars over and over, as you might expect. The 2nd 4 bars are the same as the first 4 except for the last note. It's in common time. It's mostly eighth notes.

My memory tells me that this song doesn't have lyrics. Also, that I remember hearing it in the late 70's either on the radio or as a movie or tv show theme. And I feel like I've heard it again in the last decade or so.

I think these eight bars are pretty much the whole song. Maybe there was an introduction? I think it's a piano song. Maybe a piano solo for a while and then more instruments gradually join in or it becomes more complex somehow.

I can't get past the icecream truck version in order to get to the memory of the original song.

All or some of the above maybe wrong, but I only listed the things I'm mostly sure of.

Greg Charles
06-24-2014, 07:28 PM
Oof, that's pretty vague. I once heard an ice cream truck playing The Music Box Dance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LRsYn9ufY0&feature=kp), which fits some of your criteria. Other than that, they all play Turkey in the Straw, Old Zip Coon, or Do Your Ears Hang Low*


* Yes, I know those are all the same.

huitzilopochtli
06-24-2014, 07:32 PM
Wow! You're amazing! That is exactly it. Of course that's not exactly the way I was remembering it but right on. Thanks a lot. I think I can lay that ear worm to rest.

Biggirl
06-24-2014, 07:32 PM
If this was in New York it is probably the Mr. Sorted song. Many years ago I scouted the internet for this song to use on my answering machine. Even came to the Dope for help. Never found it.

Measure for Measure
06-24-2014, 07:34 PM
The standard ice cream truck melody, different than the one helpfully provided by Greg Charles, is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZB6WXDuM1g

Incidentally, some of the 19th century lyrics applied to my linked tune are pretty distasteful.

TimeWinder
06-24-2014, 07:37 PM
The standard ice cream truck melody, different than the one helpfully provided by Greg Charles, is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZB6WXDuM1g.

I think if we've learned anything from 67,519 times this has come up on the Dope, it's that there is no standard. There are lots of songs used by different trucks, companies, places, and even times.

burpo the wonder mutt
06-24-2014, 07:42 PM
It's not THIS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYSQ3VKOOkY) IC truck is it? (Go 2:00 minutes in)

huitzilopochtli
06-24-2014, 07:44 PM
Greg Charles, that was particularly awesome since I just realized I wasn't clear on the fact that it was a popular song in the late 70's and not an old folk tune. Well done.

Cunctator
06-24-2014, 07:48 PM
I think if we've learned anything from 67,519 times this has come up on the Dope, it's that there is no standard. There are lots of songs used by different trucks, companies, places, and even times.Indeed. Everyone knows that Greensleeves (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH6z6BgPnEI) is the standard.

johnpost
06-24-2014, 07:54 PM
Oof, that's pretty vague. I once heard an ice cream truck playing The Music Box Dance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LRsYn9ufY0&feature=kp), which fits some of your criteria.

it's in Kill Bill.

The Tooth
06-24-2014, 08:00 PM
If more ice cream trucks played Powerhouse (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9-7uLg-DZU), I'd buy more ice cream.

huitzilopochtli
06-24-2014, 08:37 PM
Thanks johnpost. I think you answered another of my questions. I'll google as soon as I have an internet connection.

huitzilopochtli
06-24-2014, 08:47 PM
And it's still going an hour and a half later. Yuck. Oh well. Could be worse. At least an can have soft serve if I want it.

davidm
06-24-2014, 08:51 PM
The one I hear all of the time in the area where I live is Mister Softee.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJ2wA1yLsho&list=PLCBEFDDCCC535FAD0&index=11

DingoelGringo
06-24-2014, 08:52 PM
The one i hear most often is
Oh I went to Chicago and I walked around the block,
And I walked right into a donut shop.
I picked up a donut right outta the grease and I handed the clerk a five cent piece.
He looked at the nickel and he looked at me and he said dear sir it's plain to see there's a hole in the nickel and goes straight
Said I there's a hole in the donut too, Good bye.

vivalostwages
06-25-2014, 01:28 PM
Ours plays some Kenny G song.

Thousands of times.


!!!

KneadToKnow
06-25-2014, 01:50 PM
Ours plays some Kenny G song.

Thousands of times.


!!!

Call the UN. That's a war crimes violation.

RealityChuck
06-25-2014, 02:33 PM
I've never heard an ice cream truck play a song. They all rang bells.

pulykamell
06-25-2014, 02:45 PM
I've never heard an ice cream truck play a song. They all rang bells.

Interesting. Around here, they all play songs. "Pop Goes the Weasel," is another popular one, after with an obnoxious vocal "HELLO?!" after the end of the verse. ETA: Or sometimes a duck quack. ETA2: I need to record this, because I can't seem to find any examples of it online.

dropzone
06-25-2014, 06:47 PM
What's that song the ice cream truck is playing?Hey, I have a dog named after you. A bloodthirsty little beast who earned that name. :)

The ice cream truck song I've always wondered about is used by The Firesign Theatre. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmWFrMq3qNY) On that video it starts about 28 seconds in.

burpo the wonder mutt
06-25-2014, 07:02 PM
I've never heard an ice cream truck play a song. They all rang bells.

Interesting. Around here, they all play songs. "Pop Goes the Weasel," is another popular one, after with an obnoxious vocal "HELLO?!" after the end of the verse. ETA: Or sometimes a duck quack. ETA2: I need to record this, because I can't seem to find any examples of it online.

RealityChuck speak'um truth: until about 1970, it was bells on the truck. I think the microchip hit the scene about then and I'm sure it was invented strictly to go on IC trucks and annoy the populace at large.

Greg Charles
06-26-2014, 05:24 PM
Wow! You're amazing!

Yes, that's true! This was just a lucky guess though.

The standard ice cream truck melody, different than the one helpfully provided by Greg Charles, is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZB6WXDuM1g


That's Turkey in the Straw.

RealityChuck speak'um truth: until about 1970, it was bells on the truck. I think the microchip hit the scene about then and I'm sure it was invented strictly to go on IC trucks and annoy the populace at large.

ICs may be how they do it now, but in the 1970s? No way. Believe it or not, we had worked out ways to record and playback music long before the world went digital. I can't find a definitive cite, but it looks like ice cream trucks mounted music boxes playing Turkey in the Straw essentially as long as there have been ice cream trucks, since about the 1950s. However, I'm don't doubt that RealityChuck heard some with bells, or that he hasn't heard a single one playing music in the ensuing half century. (No, I take it back. I do doubt that second part.)

Tangent
06-26-2014, 06:04 PM
The one I hear all of the time in the area where I live is Mister Softee.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJ2wA1yLsho&list=PLCBEFDDCCC535FAD0&index=11

I hear that one often, and also The Entertainer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uzQuHsqTXo) (also used as the theme in the movie The Sting).

Lucky 13
06-26-2014, 06:04 PM
There is an ice cream truck in my neighborhood that plays Korobeiniki (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmCCQxVBfyM), as heard on Tetris (the ice cream truck's version is a bit slower).

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
06-26-2014, 06:32 PM
I can't find a definitive cite, but it looks like ice cream trucks mounted music boxes playing Turkey in the Straw essentially as long as there have been ice cream trucks, since about the 1950s. However, I'm don't doubt that RealityChuck heard some with bells, or that he hasn't heard a single one playing music in the ensuing half century. (No, I take it back. I do doubt that second part.)

Actual ice cream trucks rarely venture into my current neighborhood. Instead we get pushcarts with the vendor manually jingling a row of piercingly loud and high-pitched bells.

dougie_monty
06-26-2014, 11:13 PM
Where I used to live, ice cream trucks played "Oh, the Moon Shines Tonight on Pretty Red Wing"...:)

Trinopus
06-27-2014, 01:04 AM
The one I hear all of the time in the area where I live is Mister Softee.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJ2wA1yLsho&list=PLCBEFDDCCC535FAD0&index=11

That's pretty! What is that song? Or is it something they created specifically for Mr. Softee?

eschereal
06-27-2014, 01:46 AM
That's pretty! What is that song? Or is it something they created specifically for Mr. Softee?

apparently not (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk1n2Df701M)

lorene
06-27-2014, 05:31 AM
I'll google as soon as I have an internet connection.

How did you post this, then? :confused:

Greg Charles
06-27-2014, 10:27 AM
How did you post this, then? :confused:

He can't reply if he has no Internet connection! I'd explain how he made the OP, but my keyboard is broken.

drewtwo99
06-27-2014, 12:42 PM
I can't even read this thread :( What are y'all talking about???

Kevbo
06-27-2014, 01:37 PM
Been answered, but for some reason I hear them playing "Home on the Range" a lot, and also "Fur Elise"

carnivorousplant
06-27-2014, 03:29 PM
I think if we've learned anything from 67,519 times this has come up on the Dope, it's that there is no standard. There are lots of songs used by different trucks, companies, places, and even times.

But we have never determined why that uber creppy "HELLO!"

Sauron
06-27-2014, 03:43 PM
I hear that one often, and also The Entertainer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uzQuHsqTXo) (also used as the theme in the movie The Sting).

The Entertainer is what our local trucks play.

davidm
06-27-2014, 08:28 PM
I should add that Mister Softee has really good softserve. One day soon when I hear it outside I'm going to breakdown and get myself a double cone with chocolate and vanilla.

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