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The Billboard Song

Formerly...spa...$75...since 1906

The Billboard Song

(Cy Coben and Charles Grean)

As I was walking down the street a billboard caught my eye

The advertisements written there would make you laugh and cry

The signs were torn and scattered from the storm the night before

And as I read the things they said, why, this is what I saw.

Smoke Coca-Cola cigarettes, drink Wrigley's Spearmint beer

Ken-L-Ration dog food keeps your wife's complexion clear

Chew chocolate covered mothballs, they always satisfy

Brush your teeth with Lifebouy Soap and watch the suds go by.

When I recovered from the shock I went upon my way

I'd gone no further than a block when there to my dismay

Another billboard caught my eye and like the one before

The wind and rain had done its work 'cause this is what I saw.

Oh, take your next vacation in a brand new Frigidaire

Learn to play pian-er in your winter underwear

And Simonize your baby with a Hershey candy bar

See the difference that Drain-o makes in all the movie stars.

Oh, doctors proved that babies shouldn't smoke til they are three

People over 35 take baths in Lipton's Tea

You wanna make this country a better place today

Just buy a record of this song and throw it "fur" away.

T - I - D - E; spells - TIDE!

Recorded by Homer and Jethro

SOURCE: H&J: AT THE COUNTRY CLUB/RCA 1960 LSP-2181

(Lyrics found at:

http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/folk-song-lyrics/Billboard_Song(3).htm)

2 responses

  • Tim Narraway

    Tim Narraway said (16 Mar 2009):

    nice thinking. Good luck.

  • Michael Adams

    Michael Adams gave props (16 Mar 2009):

    Great job on this series. Keep it going!

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