The Wheels on the Bus

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"The Wheels on the Bus" is an anonymous United States or United Kingdom[citation needed] folk song dating no later than 1939.[1] It is a popular children's song in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom 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 the traditional British song "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush".

An eponymous compilation video featuring the song along with other nursery rhymes was uploaded to video-sharing website YouTube by children's channel LittleBabyBum on August 9, 2014; it has since received over 830 million views,[2] becoming the 18th most viewed video of all time.

Lyrics[edit]

Generally the song is sung with reference to common objects or people that one might find on a bus:

The wheels on the bus go round and round,
Round and round,
Round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
All day long.

The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep,
Beep, beep, beep.
Beep, beep, beep.
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep,
All day long.

The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish,
Swish, swish, swish,
Swish, swish, swish.
The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish.
All day long.

The people on the bus go chatter, chatter, chatter,
chatter, chatter, chatter,
chatter, chatter, chatter
The people on the bus go chatter, chatter, chatter,
All day long.

The baby on the bus goes "Wah, wah, wah,
Wah, wah, wah,
Wah, wah, wah".
The baby on the bus goes "Wah, wah, wah".
All day long.

The bell on the bus goes ding-ding-ding,
Ding-ding-ding,
Ding-ding-ding.
The bell on the bus goes ding-ding-ding.
All day long.

The wheels on the bus go round and round,
Round and round,
Round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
All day long.

These lyrics can be continued until either until there are not any more objects or people left on the bus to name or the participants get bored.

Mad Donna's cover version[edit]

"Wheels on the bus"
Single by Mad Donna
Released 4 May 2002
Format CD single
Length 2:25
Label Star Habour/All Around The World Disco 0202R

In 2002 British Madonna impersonator "Mad Donna" had a hit with the 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.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ American Childhood, vol. 25, 1939, p. 56
  2. ^ "Wheels On The Bus Plus Lots More Nursery Rhymes". YouTube. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ Mad Donna - "The Wheels On The Bus" at discogs.com

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