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Prepare for a new song from ice cream trucks

A racist past leads to a new tune for ice cream trucks - one from an unexpected source.

Everyone knows “Turkey in the Straw.” It’s the mind-numbing tune that heralds the arrival of the ice cream truck. But some don’t know its troublesome and racist history.

That’s why a collaboration between ice cream company Good Humor and the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA is seeking to replace the song on ice cream trucks across the country.

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The music for “Turkey in the Straw” comes from old European folk songs, but Americans paired it with racist lyrics and performed it in minstrel shows in the 19th and 20th centuries.

That prompted Good Humor to approach RZA to write a new tune for its trucks.

“We wanted to make a melody that includes all communities — that’s good for every driver, every kid,” said RZA in a video.

The tune is being released not just to Good Humor trucks, but for free to every ice cream truck across the country.

So, next time you hear an ice cream truck, you may be able to think of Wu-Tang Clan.

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