“Wizard Oil (II)”


"I have written a song, so give me your attention, And I'll tell you what Wizard's Oil will and won't cure." The product proves capable of dealing with almost anything painful, "And a dollar a bottle is all it does cost."


In the _Hamlin's Wizard Oil Songbook_ (1890s?), this is credited to "J. D Laurens, Comic Vocalist, expressly for Hamlin's Wizard Oil Company No. 7."

Based on the list of illnesses "cured," one suspects that Wizard's Oil was probably almost-pure alcohol, and that it worked simply by dulling the pain. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Randolph 506, "Wizard Oil" (1 text)
  2. Roud #7592
  3. BI, R506


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1942 (Randolph)
Found in: US(So)