My summer anthem: the Mister Softee song

Ever since moving to NYC, I’ve had the Mister Softee ice cream truck song stuck in my head. The trucks are only around for a few months of the year, but they’re so omnipresent during the summer (and that song is so damn repetitive and loud) that I find myself singing it even in the middle of winter. Apparently it drove Mayor Bloomberg nuts; and Michael Hearst disliked it so much that he composed 13 original songs that he thinks the trucks should play instead. (Doesn’t Track 1, aptly named “Ice Cream!”, sound like it could be a Sufjan Stevens song?) The Mister Softee song used to drive me nuts too, but this year—my third summer here—I think I’ve started to embrace it.

So I was pretty excited to find out today that the sheet music and lyrics are on the Mister Softee website. I didn’t even know it had lyrics. It’s my lucky day!

If you can’t sing and play it yourself, here’s a video of some guy singing it. (He says he’s Mister Softee himself, but I thought Mister Softee was the ugly cone-head man.)

If copyrights allowed it, I bet the Mister Softee tune—mixed with a hot beat—would make the perfect backdrop for a catchy NYC hip hop anthem. It pretty much already is playing in the background of everything I do, though, so I guess it wouldn’t make too much of a difference.


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