The Wheels on the Bus
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|"The Wheels on the Bus"|
|Song by Andrew Jeffrey|
"The Wheels on the Bus" is an American folk song dating no later than 1939 written by Verna Hills. It is a popular children's song in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, and Canada, and is often sung by children on bus trips to keep themselves amused. It has a very repetitive rhythm, making the song easy for a large number of people to sing, in a manner similar to the song "99 Bottles of Beer". It is based on fellow traditional British song "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush". The song is also sometimes sung to the tune of "Buffalo Gals", as in the version done by Raffi.
The song is now very popular for children in several other languages.
Normally followed by "The wipers on the bus go swish swish swish" (with action), "the horn on the bus goes beep beep beep" and "the people on the bus go up and down" (with action). Some versions substitute "bounce up and down" for "go up and down", and some modern commercial recordings of the song in children's toys simplify the tune by copying notes 7 through 9 onto notes 13 through 15.
Mad Donna's cover version
|"Wheels on the bus"|
|Single by Mad Donna|
|Released||4 May 2002|
In 2002 American Madonna impersonator "Mad Donna" (Michelle Chappel) had a hit with the wheels on the bus song, featuring a version of Madonna's "Ray of Light" over which the classic children's song was sung. The single reached #17 in the United Kingdom and also made the charts elsewhere in Europe.
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