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:  N-word 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 n-words 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:

N-word love a watermelon ha, ha, ha, ha!

N-word 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.

Your favorite mulatto.


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