song "Ice cream man" (John Brim)

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  • BMI work number: 699321
  • Songwriter/Composer: John Brim (CAE/IPI #65713474)
  • Publishers: Arc Music Corp. (CAE/IPI #1209646)

Song writer John Brim (1922-2003) was a largely self-taught blues guitarist who had left his home in Kentucky for Chicago in 1945 to pursue his performing and song writing dreams. A frequent side man, Brim also formed his own band which included songwriter, guitarist and singer Jimmy Reed and Brim's wife Grace on drums. His laid back style and easy rhythms in his self written songs like, "Rattlesnake", "Moonlight blues" and "Let me hold you" helped to popularize Brim's name. One of his earliest cover recordings was Big Walter Horton's version of "That ain't right". In later years, Brim's songs were discovered and recorded by artists such as Angela Strehli ("Tough times"), Tom Waits ("Ice cream man", 1973), Van Halen ("Ice cream man", 1978) and, of course, Screamin' Jay Hawkins ("Ice cream man", 1991). In his later years Brim continued to make frequent club appearances where he was still accompanied on drums by Gracie.

Cover versions

1969 John Brim ()
Recording: 1953
1973 Tom Waits ()
1973 Tom Waits LP CLOSING TIME US:
1978 Van Halen ()
1991 Screamin' Jay Hawkins ()
Production: Robert Duffey
Musicians: Screamin' Jay Hawkins (vocals, piano)
1991 Screamin' Jay Hawkins CD BLACK MUSIC FOR WHITE PEOPLE US: Bizarre

Lyrics

1991 Screamin' Jay Hawkins
 
Clickin' by your house about two forty-five
Sidewalk sundae strawberry surprise
Got a cherry popsicle right on time
I got a big stick, mamma, that'll blow your mind
 
Cause I'm your ice cream man
I'm your one-man band
I'm your ice cream man
Baby, I'll be good to you
 
You can miss me in the alley, baby, don't you fret
I'll be comin' back around and don't forget
When you're tired and you're hungry and you want something cool
I got something better than a swimming pool
 
I'm your ice cream man
I'm your one-man band
I'm your ice cream man
Baby, I'll be good to you
 
If you see me coming and you ain't got no change
Don't worry baby, it can be arranged:
Show me your smile, just for me
Fix you with a drumstick, I'll do it for free
 
Cause I'm your ice cream man
I'm your one-man band
I'm your ice cream man
Baby, I'll be good to you
 
[guitar solo]
 
If you miss me in the alley, baby, don't you fret
I'll be comin' back around and don't forget
When you're tired and you're hungry and you want something cool
I got something better than a swimming pool
 
I'm your ice cream man
I'm your one-man band
I'm your ice cream man
Baby, I'll be good to you
 
Your ice cream man
I'm your one-man band
I'm your ice cream man
Baby, I'll be good to you
 
I'm your ice cream man - chocolate and vanilla
I'm your ice cream man - strawberry fella
I'm your ice cream man - I'm your chocolate man
And my black walnuts hangin' from the can
Sweet dreams
With a Scotch
Pick on cherry
Blackberries
Yeah, blackberries
I'm your ice cream