Burma Shave


For those who never saw any of the Burma Shave signs,
Here is a quick lesson in our history of the 1930's and '40's.
Before there were interstates, when everyone drove the old 2 lane roads,
Burma Shave signs would be posted all over the countryside in farmers' fields.
They were small red signs with white letters.
Five signs, about 100 feet apart, each contain 1 line of a 4 line couplet.....
And the obligatory 5th sign advertising Burma Shave, a popular shaving cream. 

Don't stick your elbow
Out so far
It may go home
In another car.
Burma Shave

Trains don't wander
All over the map
'Cause nobody sits
In the engineer's lap.
Burma Shave 

She kissed the hairbrush
By mistake
She thought it was
Her husband Jake. 
Burma Shave


Don't lose your head
To gain a minute
You need your head
Your brains are in i.t 
Burma Shave

Drove too long
Driver snoozing
What happened next
Is not amusing. 
Burma Shave

Brother speeder
Let's rehearse
All together
Good morning, nurse. 
Burma Shave 


Cautious rider
To her reckless dear
Let's have less bull
And a little more stee.r
Burma Shave 

Speed was high
Weather was not
Tires were thin
X marks the spot.
Burma Shave 

The midnight ride
Of Paul for beer
Led to a warmer
Burma Shave


No matter the price
No matter how new
The best safety device
In the car is you
Burma Shave 

A guy who drives
A car wide open
Is not thinkin'
He's just hopin'.
Burma Shave 

Around the curve
Beautiful car
Wasn't it?
Burma shave


At intersections
Look each way
A harp sounds nice
But it's hard to play. 
Burma Shave 

Both hands on the wheel
Eyes on the road
That's the skillful
Driver's code.
Burma Shave 

The one who drives
When he's been drinking
Depends on you
To do his thinking.
Burma Shave


A man a miss,
A car a curve,
He kissed the miss
And missed the curve.
Burma Shave