Ice cream truck song identification?

September 28, 2022, 7:34 AM · Can anyone identify this tune? (One snippet is like God Bless America, and another is like She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain.)

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September 28, 2022, 1:13 PM · It's not the Schubert "Tragic Symphony" -- that's for sure.
September 29, 2022, 12:50 AM · I’m not sure what that tune is, but ice cream truck operators have been seeking a new standard tune to play because the old one, “Turkey In The Straw,” has a racist history.
Edited: September 29, 2022, 4:49 AM · Afaicr, ice-cream vans play Greensleeves in Britain. There are other choons, but it's been a while since I heard one, and I tend to block them out, so I couldn't name any. Old McDonald, mebbe.

The OP's example could just as well be any Civil War march. They prolly wrote hundreds that were all derivative and all sounded much the same.

September 29, 2022, 6:30 AM · If we avoid every song on the basis of schoolboys finding crude variations, we'd quickly run out of songs.
September 29, 2022, 7:17 AM · You could try using Musescore.
September 29, 2022, 9:06 AM · It's true that a modified version of Turkey was played in minstrel shows but it greatly predates that.
Edited: September 29, 2022, 9:32 AM · Thanks for the suggestions. I've tried the Musipedia search to no avail although had located Red Wing / Woody Guthrie's Union Maid (whose A section bears some resemblance to Schumann's The Happy Farmer) when I first heard that one last summer. In previous tune-hunting, a student's parent had identified Music Box Dancer, and ones that I already knew are Mister Softee Jingle by Les Waas, Joplin's The Entertainer, and the out-of-favor Turkey in the Straw. Maybe if I look into vans or suppliers, I'll find more information on standard equipment and tune packages.
September 29, 2022, 9:25 AM · It's called PICNIC.
No 2 here: -
Edited: September 29, 2022, 11:17 AM · Well, I was skimming a 20 year old forum thread and thought to search "hello" and here it is:

I thought I remembered hearing "hello" on other trucks with other tunes so didn't think it was important. This tune is called Picnic (Hello) and is on an ice cream truck music box made by Nichols Electronics:

September 29, 2022, 9:44 AM · Thanks, Gordon! The timbre and wavering in those clips is terrifying. I didn't think to search for people's compilations of tunes. My Suzuki students will play this one next summer although most likely I'll transpose to G major to make it more accessible.
September 29, 2022, 12:26 PM · One last update - following the Hello/Picnic trail, I saw internet references to a Japanese nursery rhyme and asked a Japanese friend who identified it: (the bit with She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain is extended)

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