The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

An Ode to Blue Bell

One Texan writes a song for ice cream

2 years ago

Pictured: Photo by Cydney Waitley

By Cydney Waitley

Texans love Blue Bell ice cream. If you don’t like Blue Bell, you must ask yourself if are you truly Texan. Other ice cream options tide us over, but when we approach the frozen aisle, we look for the pints with the gold rim. I scream, you scream, we all scream for Blue Bell ice cream.

Earlier this summer, our drought was not a lack of rain — it was a lack of ice cream. Many believe — I can’t say I disagree — that the Lord shed a tear of rain every day listeria took our beloved summer treat from us. Consequently our lakes are full, but our stomachs are empty, or at least unsatisfied.

But, alas, it looks as though the time of trial may be lifting. We experienced a few appearances of the sun and Facebook articles — which are always accurate — that say that Blue Bell factories are beginning to produce our treasured treat once more.

In light of this, we have decided to express our feelings through melody. It’s an adaptation from Kelly Clarkson’s song, “Since You’ve Been Gone.”

Here’s the thing
Summer started out bland
It was cool, but it was all too rainy
Yeah yeah, since you’ve been gone

We’re dedicated
We chose what’s right
Listeria caused you to move out of our lives
Yeah yeah, since you’ve been gone

And all you ever hear us say
Dreyer’s it just won’t do
And all you ever hear us say

But since you’ve been gone
We can’t scream for the first time
Slow churned tastes wrong
Yeah yeah
Thanks to you, summer started off wrong
Since you’ve been gone

How can I put it?
It’s been raining too long
I even fell for some dry snow cones
Yeah yeah, since you’ve been gone

And all you ever hear us say
Is how Ben & Jerry’s just won’t do
And all you ever hear us say

But since you’ve been gone
We can’t scream for the first time
Slow churned tastes wrong
Yeah yeah
Thanks to you, summer started off wrong
Since you’ve been gone

Other brands had their chance they blew it
Out of sight, out of mind
We shut our mouths, we just can’t take it
Again and again and again and again

Since you’ve been gone

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