Have It “Your Way”

Yesterday I had a vintage commercial jingle rolling around in my mind as I rode home all because of a road name. As Hopkins and I flew past the street sign, I had to brake and turn around for the photo. Hopkins doesn’t like it when I do this, of course, I knew it was for my next submission of this month’s “Music” challenge. Does a commercial jingle qualify as a song? I suppose when it’s as iconic as THE Burger King jingle from the 70s, it has made it’s mark to qualify as such. I leave it up to the refined judges reading my submission to determine it’s worthiness.

The jingle goes “Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce, special orders don’t upset us, all we ask is that you let us serve it Your Way…”

Of course, as kids, we didn’t sing it that way – we had our own version of the jingle. “Hold the pickles. Hold the lettuce. Shut up lady, you upset us. All we ask is that you let us eat ice cream today.” I didn’t say our version was clever or worthy of a commercial, I just said we had our own version. My friends and I were six years old, so clever wasn’t our strong suit.

And if you want to hear the short old vintage ad, the youtube link is below. It’s worth watching just for the uniform alone. I really dig those multi-colored outfits they were forced to wear back then. Oh my! What were the corporation executives thinking!? Back then, I think the idea was to see how little you could pay someone and still get them to wear a totally ridiculous uniform.

Cheers & happy pedaling

11 response to "Have It “Your Way”"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: March 4, 2020

    As the originator of this challenge, I consider your advertising jingle to be totally legit. Well done.

    I really liked that jingle, but I always believed that was the corporation talking–not the employees. I could only see the young people in the funny uniforms rolling their eyes and complaining about another jackass who doesn’t want pickles. Then I pictured them taking the burger out of the microwave, ripping off the pickle, and spitting a dab of saliva in its place.

    To this day, I never place a “special order” at fast food joints. I take the pickle off myself.

    • By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: March 4, 2020

      Agreed. No special orders here, but then again, I rarely eat at fast food places anyway. Can’t remember the last time I ate at Burger King, BUT, I that silly jingle from all those many years ago still resonates in my brain. Go figure. I’m glad you see it fit to meet the March Challenge. Hopkins will be glad to, otherwise he suffered for no reason listening to me singing the jingle all the way home. Cheers & happy pedaling.

    • By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: March 4, 2020

      Good one! Wendy’s has the beef! Ha ha. Almost the same era for that promo. Cheers & happy pedaling.

  2. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 5, 2020

    I’d hold the bun, meat and coke as well

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: March 5, 2020

    I guess I left the States before that jingle was around. The video is hilarious.

    • By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: March 5, 2020

      Yes, it made the rounds back in the 70s. Heard it on every TV station (all four or six of them) and even radio stations played it frequently. It’s as ingrained in my pea brain as the theme song from Gilligan’s Island and many other silly TV sitcoms from the era. I can’t remember what I did a month ago, but I can sing (not well) most jingles from my childhood as if I heard them yesterday. Go figure.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: March 7, 2020

    Well-paired!! I don’t seem to remember that ad at all. I do remember the Where’s the beef one, though.

    “Back then, I think the idea was to see how little you could pay someone and still get them to wear a totally ridiculous uniform.”
    Ummm…. I think that is still the case. The first part definitely is….

  5. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: March 8, 2020

    Sign in a small Wyoming Restaurant:

    This isnt Burger King
    You dont get it your way
    You get it MY way
    Or you dont get the dang thing!

    • By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: March 10, 2020

      That’s hilarious. A restaurant owner has spunk in that town. Ha ha.

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