Turkey in the Straw
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Turkey in the Straw

As I was a-gwine down the road,
Tired team and a heavy load,
Crack my whip and the leader sprung,
l seys day-day to the wagon tongue.

Turkey in the straw, turkey in the hay,
Turkey in the straw, turkey in the hay
Roll 'em up and twist 'em up a high tuckahaw
And twist 'em up a tune called Turkey in the Straw.

Went out to milk, and I didn't know how,
I milked the goat instead of the cow.
A monkey sittin' on a pile of straw,
A-winkin' at his mother-in-law.

Met Mr. Catfish comin' down stream.
Says Mr. Catfish, "What does you mean?"
Caught Mr. Catfish by the snout,
And turned Mr. Catfish wrong side out.

Came to a river and I couldn't get across,
Paid five dollars for a blind old hoss;
Wouldn't go ahead, nor he wouldn't stand still,
So he went up and down like an old saw mill.

As I came down the new cut road,
Met Mr. Bullfrog, met Miss Toad
And every time Miss Toad would sing,
Old Bullfrog cut a pigeon wing.

Oh I jumped in the seat and I gave a little yell
The horses ran away, broke the wagon all to hell
Sugar in the gourd and honey in the horn
I never been so happy since the day I was born.

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Virginia Connor

To everyone who came here from Twitter wondering how this song could be racist: THIS ISN’T THE VERSION WITH RACIST LYRICS.

A lot of different takes on this song exist, using the same tune but with different words. Non-racist examples include “do your ears hang low” and “donut shop”.

The original tune came from a Scots-Irish folk song “The old rose tree”. However, the majority of Americans were first exposed to the tune in the 19th century, through traveling blackface minstrel shows - which set the tune to their own, ahem, misguided lyrics. Multiple times.

The most overtly racist version was literally titled... and I shit you not...“N*** love a watermelon, Ha! Ha! Ha!”

That racist version of the song just so happened to be a popular song in the late 1800s when ice cream parlors first sprang up, so it got played a lot in there and people associated it with ice cream. So when the first ice-cream trucks rolled out, it was one of the iconic melodies chosen to announce the truck’s presence to all the kids on the block.

Most young people today, myself included, know the tune from innocent, non-racist campfire songs. Hell, I spent my entire childhood thinking it was strange that an ice cream truck always played a song about a donut shop, because that’s the version I heard first. “N-word love a watermelon” has, thankfully, been relegated to the moldy dustbin of history where it belongs.

So, while I’ve gotta admit that learning of the history behind something as random as an ice-cream jingle is oddly fascinating, I don’t think the tune itself should be labeled racist. Racists have always hijacked little things, but unless those little hijacked things end up turning into something major and horrible (like what the Nazis did to the Hindu swastika) then we as a society shouldn’t cede control of those little things to the racists - if we do, that just gives the racists more power over our culture, it makes them seem more relevant and valid than they deserve.

The only reason “turkey in the straw is racist!” is trending, is because Good Humor made an instagram post about it and said that they’re “doing something to change it” - which wound up being a collaboration with Wu-Tang Clan singer RZA to produce a new jingle. Good for them, I have nothing against a new jingle. But that doesn’t change the fact that the Good Humor corporation deliberately dug up this piece of history & inflated the relevance of the racist parts to a modern audience with no connection to 19th-century minstrel shows. There’s only one reason for them to do this: opportunism. Very real issues with racism are on everybody’s minds, lately, and this corporation is taking advantage of it, dredging up this “dark secret” from ice cream’s past specifically so they can make a show out of changing it. Long-dead racists once hijacked the tune of “turkey in the straw”, and now Good Humor is doing the reverse: hijacking today’s fight against racism. They’re exploiting it for PR and reducing it to an advertisement.

It’s irresponsible. The more that companies pull dumbass stunts like this, stunts that literally nobody asked for, it only serves to make the real fight against racism appear shallow and petty and babyish in the eyes of uninformed onlookers who don’t know what the protestors have gone through, what they really want & why.



ISS600

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Indianapolis, Indiana,
And Columbus is the capital of Ohio,
There's Montgomery, Alabama, south of Helena, Montana,
Then there's Denver, Colorado under Boise, Idaho.
Texas has Austin, then we go north,
To Massachusetts' Boston and Albany, New York.
Tallahassee, Florida, and Washington, D.C.,
Santa Fe, New Mexico and Nashville, Tennessee.
Elvis used to hang out there a lot, you know.
Trenton's in New Jersey, north of Jefferson, Missouri,
You've got Richmond in Virginia, South Dakota has Pierre,
Harrisburg's in Pennsylvania, and Augusta's up in Maine,
And here is Providence, Rhode Island next to Dover, Delaware.
Concord, New Hampshire, just a quick jaunt
To Montpelier, which is up in Vermont.
Hartford's in Connecticut, so pretty in the fall.
And Kansas has Topeka, Minnesota has St. Paul.
Juneau's in Alaska, and there's Lincoln in Nebraska,
And it's Raleigh out in North Carolina, and then,
There's Madison, Wisconsin and Olympia in Washington,
Phoenix, Arizona and Lansing, Michigan.
Here's Honolulu, Hawaii's a joy,
Jackson, Mississippi and Springfield, Illinois,
South Carolina with Columbia down the way
And Annapolis in Maryland on Chesapeake Bay.
They have wonderful clam chowder.
Cheyenne is in Wyoming, and perhaps you'd make your home in
Salt Lake City out in Utah, where the buffalo roam.
Atlanta's down in Georgia, and there's Bismarck, North Dakota,
And you can live in Frankfort in your old Kentucky home.
Salem in Oregon, from there we join
Little Rock in Arkansas, Iowa's got Des Moines,
Sacramento, California, Oklahoma and its city,
Charleston, West Virginia and Nevada, Carson City!
That's all the capitals there are!



YuRi Sunga

Indianapolis, Indiana,
And Columbus is the capital of Ohio,
There's Montgomery, Alabama, south of Helena, Montana,
Then there's Denver, Colorado under Boise, Idaho.
Texas has Austin, then we go north,
To Massachusetts' Boston and Albany, New York.
Tallahassee, Florida, and Washington, D.C.,
Santa Fe, New Mexico and Nashville, Tennessee.
Elvis used to hang out there a lot, you know.
Trenton's in New Jersey, north of Jefferson, Missouri,
You've got Richmond in Virginia, South Dakota has Pierre,
Harrisburg's in Pennsylvania, and Augusta's up in Maine,
And here is Providence, Rhode Island next to Dover, Delaware.
Concord, New Hampshire, just a quick jaunt
To Montpelier, which is up in Vermont.
Hartford's in Connecticut, so pretty in the fall.
And Kansas has Topeka, Minnesota has St. Paul.
Juneau's in Alaska, and there's Lincoln in Nebraska,
And it's Raleigh out in North Carolina, and then,
There's Madison, Wisconsin and Olympia in Washington,
Phoenix, Arizona and Lansing, Michigan.
Here's Honolulu, Hawaii's a joy,
Jackson, Mississippi and Springfield, Illinois,
South Carolina with Columbia down the way
And Annapolis in Maryland on Chesapeake Bay.
They have wonderful clam chowder.
Cheyenne is in Wyoming, and perhaps you'd make your home in
Salt Lake City out in Utah, where the buffalo roam.
Atlanta's down in Georgia, and there's Bismarck, North Dakota,
And you can live in Frankfort in your old Kentucky home.
Salem in Oregon, from there we join
Little Rock in Arkansas, Iowa's got Des Moines,
Sacramento, California, Oklahoma and its city,
Charleston, West Virginia and Nevada, Carson City!
That's all the capitals there are!



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Skiles

This is the song that strippers in Nebraska dance to.

ピーク

LMFAO

Ikilleddave

I sometimes come back to this video and laugh every time.

Arianna Johnson-Brown

What-

Erin

Lolol

graycloud057

Laughing for arse completely off!!! 👍🏼👍🏼

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OM

You have my undivided attention

Nolan Connolly

Me: Heard this song

My brain: “BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA AND COLUMBUS IS THE CAPITAL OF OHIO.....”

Ethan Schmid

@Amara Galvan Tallahassee, Florida and Washington, D.C., Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Nashville, Tennessee.

Elvis use to hang out there a lot, you know.

Amara Galvan

Texas has Austin, then we go north to Massachusetts Boston and Albany New York.

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