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.
Oof, that’s pretty vague. I once heard an ice cream truck playing The Music Box Dance, 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*
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.
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.