The Ice Cream Truck Song
It’s a hot afternoon here in the Northern US and I can hear the weird dopplered music that announces the approach of the ice cream truck. A calliope sounding track blasts from loudspeakers to create an appropriately circus-like atmosphere, children come running and line up with crumpled dollar bills clenched in their hands.
The tune is invariably “Turkey in the Straw”. When a guitar-player friend and I ripped it out one evening for his three young daughters, they were amazed that we knew “the ice-cream truck song”.
Low ITM content here, I know. But I find it interesting how vestiges of folk culture persist in odd corners, especially here in the States.
Recently though, the truck in my neighborhood has changed its tune, the driver probably driven to the brink of madness by the incessant loopiness of “Turkey”. I don’t recognize the new tune but I swear it sounds a lot like “The Wild Rover”.
My question is, is this a world-wide phenomena, the wandering, neighborhood ice-cream truck? What tunes does it play in other parts of the world?