The Lyrics Behind The Ice Cream Truck Song

The Lyrics Behind The Ice Cream Truck Song

What is quite possibly the most racist song in the history of the world just happens to be a song that will instantly make any kid anywhere in America automatically get excited as soon as they hear the tune…and this excitement has been going on for at least a good 50 years or so with children & adults of all races.

Before you can even see it, you hear it way off in the distance.  I’m talking about the music that damn near every ice cream truck in America plays over it’s intercom to alert the neighborhood children to run inside & get some money so they can indulge themselves in a nice cool treat in the summer heat.  Yet over the years, we as Americans have been so blinded by the excitement of scoring an ice cream bar or Italian ice cup that I don’t think anyone has ever pondered over exactly who created that timeless tune.

Well ladies & gentleman, here is the answer to who wrote the original ice cream song:

Title:  Nigger Love A Watermelon HA! HA! HA!

Written by:  Harry C. Browne

Released:  March 1916 by Columbia Records

But before you click the video to listen to the song…take a look at the opening lyrics to the song:

Browne:  “You niggers quit throwin’ them bones and come down and get your ice cream!”

Black men:  “Ice Cream?!”

Browne:  “Yes, ice cream!  Colored man’s ice cream…WATERMELON!!!”

The Chorus to the song:

Nigger love a watermelon ha, ha, ha, ha!

Nigger love a watermelon ha, ha, ha, ha!

For here, they’re made with a half a pound of co’l

There’s nothing like a watermelon for a hungry coon

So the next time you or your kid hear the ice cream truck beating up the street, I challenge you to ask the ice cream guy if he knows the history behind that melody he’s blaring from his truck…if not, school him real quick.

Light skin dude with an opinion
  • Tim_in_Indiana

    If you look far back enough into anything, you’ll find that it’s “racist.” That’s because humans evolved in different regions of the world, which accounts for their differing physical characteristics, and they still have a tendency to group according to race to this day (the old “birds of a feather” phenomenon) and always will. Therefore, any human activity can be viewed as “exclusionist” and therefore “racist.” By the way, blacks and all other races tend to naturally separate too. It’s a universal phenomenon.

  • Brady Follett

    Turkey in the Straw is the melody and it is much older than this recording, also notice how in the song, he’s in an ice cream truck? that’s because ice cream trucks used this melody long before this song was made

    • Matthew

      This is true. The tune (melody) is not racist. It goes back to early Scottish-Irish immigrants. The lyrics one man made are racist. That does not discredit the tune. We can’t let bad lyrics (or satire) ruin a tune. Take it as a lesson and teach it that way and it still has value, arguably more because there is no inaccuracy behind the statement.

  • Gayle

    Great little tune!

  • Procras108r85

    “For here, they’re made with a half a pound of co’l”

    What does that even mean?? That doesn’t make sense in the slightest bit! The words are “Hit up the banjo and we’ll have another tune”.

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