The Wheels on the Bus

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"The Wheels on the Bus" is an anonymous United States[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 740 million views,[2] becoming the 20th 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 through the town.

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 through the town.

The door on the bus goes open and shut,
Open and shut,
Open and shut
The door on the bus goes open and shut
All through the town.

The windows on the bus go up and down,
Up and down
Up and down
The windows on the bus go up and down
All through the town.

The money on the bus goes clink, clink, clink,
Clink, clink, clink,
Clink, clink, clink.
The money on the bus goes clink, clink, clink,
All through the town.

The driver on the bus says "Move on back,
Move on back,
Move on back"
The driver on the bus says "Move on back",
All through the town.

The baby on the bus says "Wah, wah, wah,
Wah, wah, wah,
Wah, wah, wah".
The baby on the bus says "Wah, wah, wah".
All through the town.

The mommy on the bus says, "I love you,
I love you,
I love you"
The daddy on the bus says, "I love you, too".
All through the town.

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 through the town.

The wipers on the glass go swish, swish, swish,
Swish, swish, swish,
Swish, swish, swish.
The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish.
All through the town.

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.
All day long,
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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