“Wheels on the Bus”

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The Wheels on the Bus invokes a world of endless commuting where the rain never ends, the flow of people never ebbs, and the turning of the wheels (oh the turning!) never ceases.

I do not want this to be thought of as part of the same kind of pseudo-intellectual tendency that breaks down bad movies into their proto-Marxist revolutionary parts, or postulates endlessly on the purgatorial symmetry of “The American sitcom”. But reading Wheels on the Bus to a one year old, having it dawn on you that it is not just all day long but day-after-day-after-day long is a form of howling-fantod-invoking, social-realist consciousness-raising of the very highest order. A kind of Lynch-meets-Loach rendition of The Commute  

Read carefully…

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 folks!

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.

can you hear that swish!

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.

must sound like a buzz saw after day-long beeps

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 day long.

or maybe like a chisel on marble

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.

tension’s building

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 day long.

deep breaths now

The mommy on the bus says “Shush, shush, shush;
Shush, shush, shush;
Shush, shush, shush.”
The mommy on the bus says “Shush, shush, shush”
all day long.

it’s not working, mind.

(Of course, these are just the child-friendly variants. Please add more below – e.g.s might refer to the noise the (ever-turning) wheels of the bus make going thru huge puddle, or the faces of the people getting on during the mid-morning crush, the steamed up windows and muffled snores, the apologetic elbows in the ribs…)

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