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Burma Shave Signs and Jingles

Provided by James R. Martin, Ph.D., CMA
Professor Emeritus, University of South Florida

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I have included a few amusing Burma Shave jingles from the 29 years of signs that appeared along the highways from 1927-1963. Most are still applicable to drivers today. The jingles are from a book by Frank Rowsom Jr. and also appear on the Burma Shave web site.1

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

Don't Lose Your Head
To Gain a Minute
You Need Your Head
Your Brains Are in it
Burma Shave

She Kissed the Hairbrush
By Mistake
She Thought it Was
Her Husband Jake
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 Steer
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

Around the Curve
Beautiful Car
Wasn't It?
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

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

Car in Ditch
Driver in Tree
The Moon Was Full
And So Was He.
Burma Shave

Passing School Zone
Take it Slow
Let Our Little
Shavers Grow
Burma Shave

He Saw the Train
And Tried to Duck it
He Kicked the Gas
And Then the Bucket !!
Burma Shave

A Man a Miss,
A Car a Curve,
He Kissed the Miss,
And Missed the Curve,
Burma Shave

If hugging
On highways
Is your sport
Trade in your car
For a davenport
Burma Shave

Thirty days
Hath September
June and the
Speed offender
Burma Shave

Statistic prove
Near and far
That folks who
Drive like crazy
Burma Shave

With whiskers
Near their noses
Oughta have to kiss
Like Eskimoses
Burma Shave

Try passing
On a slope
Unless you have
A periscope
Burma Shave


1 Rowsome, F. Jr. 1978. The Verse by the Side of the Road: The Story of the Burma-Shave Signs and Jingles. Viking Penguin. For Burma Shave jingles and signs from 1927-1963 see