Satiric radio commentary for the 90s from the man who drained Lake Michigan and filled it with hot chocolate!!!

The Verse By The Side Of The Road

Stan Freberg here. If you're under 40, you probably don't remember Burma-Shave signs along the highway. Four signs that rhymed. Funny. But now they're coming back...on TV??? [:60 SPOT BREAK]

As a kid, when my dad would take us out for a drive on Sunday afternoon, I looked forward to the various red and white Burma-Shave signs. Spaced a hundred yards apart, they gave you one line at a time, like:

"Within this veil
Of toil and sin
Your head grows bald
But not your chin...

They even worked in an occasional safety point:

"Keep well to the right
Of the oncoming car
Get your close shaves
From the half-pound jar, of...

The end of more leisurely speeds spelled the end of Burma-Shave signs, since they couldn't put 'em on freeways. In 1964 they went bye-bye. But now they're coming back in TV commercials??? Hmm. Not the same thing.

Although it might work, it's doubtful.

Stan Freberg here.

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