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Subject: back of bus songs
From: JudeL
Date: 15 Jul 01 - 10:41 AM

There seems to be a whole load of songs that don't tend to get sung except on the bus on trips away, and they're mostly the sort of songs that different people might come up with another extra verse that they remembered from another group. I'd all but forgotten about them, not having sung any since I was a kid & then I heard some of them again (very late in an after hours mammoth song session).

one of the ones I know bits of is:

Oh I have an aunty Anna
and she plays the grand pianna
she can also play the fiddle
up the sides and down the middle

Chorus
Did you ever see? Did you ever see?
Did you ever see such a funny thing before?

Oh I had a brother Mike ,
and he road a motor bike
he could take you round the Gower
in a quarter of an hour

Chorus
etc until the verses run out

another one like that is "the quartermasters store" - which I suppose must be an old forces song

Does anyone else know/remember them & can contribute extra verses?

Jude


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Subject: RE: BS: back of bus songs
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Jul 01 - 10:52 AM

This is slightly off topic, but there was a truly dreadful pop song in the 60's about some guy named Fred, sitting in the back of a bus, with all these girls kissing him, while the guy who is driving the bus is wondering why he can't be "like Fred". It was a good subject for parodies, but it was hard to come up with one more ridiculous than the original song.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: back of bus songs
From: JudeL
Date: 15 Jul 01 - 10:58 AM

Yeah , Fred seems to have been a popular name to use about then - there was another song about a bunch of men trying to move a piano "right said Fred" that was very tongue in cheek, part of the chorus was - and we was gettin nowhere an so.....we had another cup of teas.
Jude


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Subject: RE: BS: back of bus songs
From: GUEST,Denise:^)
Date: 15 Jul 01 - 10:59 AM

Oh--I always thought they were in a car... (Fred, the girls "kissin' & a-huggin'" with him, and the poor guy driving.) Guess I'd gotten the idea that they were on a double date, and Fred ended up with both girls. I may have to look that one up!

Anyway, the Kitchen Musician has 2 "Back of the Bus" medleys on the midi section of the website...

http://members.aol.com/kitchiegal/

They were written with hammered dulcimer in mind, but, "notes is notes..."

Denise:^)


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Subject: RE: BS: back of bus songs
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Jul 01 - 11:05 AM

Hmmmm...maybe it was a car, Denise. I assumed it was a bus for some reason.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: back of bus songs
From: JudeL
Date: 15 Jul 01 - 11:09 AM

nice site Denise - must revisit it when my son has persuaded my soundcard to stop sulking.


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Subject: RE: BS: back of bus songs
From: Mountain Dog
Date: 15 Jul 01 - 11:23 AM

There are a couple of infamously interminable songs I recall from my days in the back of the bus (usually a bus bearing our troop of Boy Scouts to or from a weekend of camping and improvised mayhem...)

"99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall", of course, headed the list, but it was closely followed by "The Ants Go Marching One by One". One of the great things about such singalongs was that it mattered not a whit whether or not one could carry a tune in order to participate at the top of one's lungs. Another was the ease with which even the rank novice (and many of our little heathen tribe were rank indeed, especially at the end of a weekend camping excursion!) could catch on to the lyrics. Of course, the best thing of all was watching the bus driver's head begin to spin like Linda Blair in a centrifuge after about Beer number 54 had been taken down from the wall and passed around...

As far as songs from the back of the bus that I'd like to sing again, that will take some loooooooooooong thought...


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Subject: RE: BS: back of bus songs
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Jul 01 - 12:33 PM

Yes, it's really just a way of torturing bus drivers. We had one that stopped the bus and threatened to throw the singers off it one time...after about 48 choruses of 99 bottles.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: back of bus songs
From: Snuffy
Date: 15 Jul 01 - 12:52 PM

The first one you quoted is COSHER BAILEY'S ENGINE.

You could also do things like Lily the Pink, or the limerick song "That was a terrible song, sing us another one, just like the other one, sing us another one do.

Wassail! V


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Subject: RE: BS: back of bus songs
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jul 01 - 01:00 PM

JudL

That song is "Cosher Bailey" in the DT. Very much South Wales Traditional.

The test was to improvise verses for the occasion, in the pub or club those that could not improvise bought the round.

Incidently, being nitty picky the chorus I learnt here in Caerphilly was -

Have you ever saw
Have you ever saw
Have you ever saw
Have you ever saw such a funny think before.

But I don't think this is the thread for discussions on that hybred dialect known as Swelsh - Now being submerged between Estuary English, and Godelpus, North (S4C) Welsh.

Gareth


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Subject: RE: BS: back of bus songs
From: Mr Red
Date: 15 Jul 01 - 01:59 PM

I recorded the words from a couple of girl guides of the song "Shine Your Buttocks" they learned it from their guide mistress
Miss Red (before she faded) told me she used to sing it with her school chums (on the bus I assume). I have since heard versions from folkies who would have sung it in the 60's. I would deduce it is post war but may have originated earlier as "Shine your Buttons"
I put the words in a .PDF file along with assorted other collected bits on my website in the songs sectioncresby.com


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Subject: RE: BS: back of bus songs
From: Megan L
Date: 15 Jul 01 - 02:21 PM

Fred was definately in a car, but there was a bus song at about the same time that went "One more time around Picadilly Circus, Driver follow that bus. It's a shame the way the rich folk treat us. Everybody's rich bar us"


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Subject: RE: BS: back of bus songs
From: Noreen
Date: 15 Jul 01 - 02:52 PM

Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Back Seat recorded by Paul Evans in the 50s/60s (I thought it was older- my mum used to sing it to us four little girls, sitting in the back seat!)

Noreen


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Subject: RE: BS: back of bus songs
From: mg
Date: 15 Jul 01 - 02:57 PM

Keep your mind on your driving. Keep your hands on the wheel.
Keep your snoopy eyes on the road ahead.
We're having fun, sitting in the back seat,
Kissing and a-hugging with Fred.

For some reason, the older girls at my grade school liked to start off the Sodality meetings with that song. Same bunch that decided to wear Panama hats and go around the playground singing "We Gotta Sink the Bismarck." mg


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Subject: RE: BS: back of bus songs
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 15 Jul 01 - 03:22 PM

Anyone remember Day Trip To Bangor?


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Subject: Lyr Add: HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO WALES
From: toadfrog
Date: 15 Jul 01 - 03:31 PM

Jude L. Pete Seeger used to sing a song very like that:

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO WALES

(Traditional)

Have you ever been to Wales,
Where they brew the finest ales,
If you want to drink on Sunday,
You have got to wait 'till Monday.

Did you ever see, did you ever see, did you ever see such a funny thing before?

Crawshay Bailey's brother Norwich,
He was fond of oatmeal porrige,
But was sent to Cardiff College,
For to get a bit of knowledge.

Oh, I have an auntie Anna, and she plays the grand piano,
She goes hammer, hammer, hammer,
But the neighbors say, God bless her.

Tony Eden ..........................
But we'll get much nearer heaven,
With our own Aneurin Bevin!

When I was in England in the 1960's, I tried that on a bunch of young archaeologists, who assured me I had it all wrong; I had left out the 'F' words, and it wasn't "have you ever seen," it was "have you ever saw." Whatever.

When I was in high school, we had some 3 and 4 hour bus rides, and you could hear the girls on the back singing all kinds of stuff, e.g.

They call her flamin' Mamie, she's a - real hot baby,
la de de da, the hottest baby in town!
She's a corker, a real New Yorker,
The way she burns them down!
And when the firemen grow old, and they have to retire,
They say that she's the hottest thing since the - Chicago fire!
They call her flamin' Mamie, she's a - real hot baby,
la de de da, the hottest baby in East Saint Louis,The hottest baby in town!

And other stuff in the same vein, and yet more which must have been pretty wild, for they sang under their breath so you couldn't make out the words. Regrettably I was too naive, and too shy, to figure out what all that meant.

For our European members, East Saint Louis, Ill. is known today primarily for its bitter poverty, corruption and poor santitation; then, it was known as the wildest and toughest wide-open town there was.


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Subject: RE: BS: back of bus songs
From: Bagpuss
Date: 15 Jul 01 - 03:38 PM

All our back of the bus songs are far too rude to repeat in such polite company!

But a couple of the more respectable ones were "Geordie had a Pigeon" and "My Father's a Lavatory Cleaner". Can't be bothered to type out the words right now, but I will do if anyone cares....

Bagpuss


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Subject: RE: BS: back of bus songs
From: Amos
Date: 15 Jul 01 - 04:12 PM

It was a car. The song specifically sites "three little girls, sitting in the back seat, all of them in love with Fred! I said why don't one of you come up and sit beside me? And this is what the pretty girls said:

Keep your mind on your driving, keep your hands on the wheel
Keep your kookie(?) eyes on the road ahead!
We're having fun,
Sittin' in the back seat
Kissin' an' a-hugging with Fred!

'Least that's how I remember it!!

A


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Subject: RE: BS: back of bus songs
From: Brían
Date: 15 Jul 01 - 04:23 PM

My favoorite was:

HORSE MANURE


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Subject: RE: BS: back of bus songs
From: Noreen
Date: 15 Jul 01 - 04:24 PM

Amos, I posted a link to the words above, and it was seven little girls... that Fred musta been some chap!

Noreen


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Subject: RE: BS: back of bus songs
From: jaze
Date: 15 Jul 01 - 06:03 PM

Sippin' Cider Through a Straw


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Mr Red
Date: 16 Jul 01 - 05:47 PM

Bagpuss
"Father's a Lavatory Cleaner" is out of the same stable (stall?) as "Shine your Buttocks" - yes I would like another version please. PM me here if you are too shy to type in public (as it were).
jaze
Sipping Cider through a Straw sounds interesting - any chance of the lyrics.

Didn't Lonnie Donnegan release a version of "Seven Little Girls"?


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: jaze
Date: 16 Jul 01 - 06:01 PM

Mr. Red, the lyrics are in the DT--sorry I'm not adept at blue clicky's.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: JulieF
Date: 17 Jul 01 - 03:40 AM

Bus songs from my youth

You cannie throw your granny off a bus

I ate a peanut ( a song that went on ofr several miles about the consequences of eating a peanut)

Julie


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Grab
Date: 17 Jul 01 - 09:37 AM

"The day we went to Blackpool" is rather more memorable. And also rather less printable. "Two little boys" is popular when the ppl on the back seat are coming back from the pub, drunk. :-)

Graham.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: jeffp
Date: 17 Jul 01 - 09:55 AM

And of course, the song we always sang as the bus pulled into the lot at the end of the journey:

To the tune of Auld Lang Syne:

We're here because we're here because we're here because we're here
We're here because we're here because we're here because we're here.

The bus drivers had a love/hate relationship with that one. They hated the song, but knew it was the last one they'd have to endure.

jeffp


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Subject: Lyr Add: SIPPIN’ CIDER THROUGH A STRAW
From: GUEST,Margie
Date: 17 Jul 01 - 10:14 AM

I remember from my girl scout camp days, we always sang 'Sippin Cider through a Straw'

Goes like this:

The prettiest girl, I e'er did saw,
Was sippin' ci-der through a straw,
The prettiest girl I e'er did saw,
Was sippin' ci-der through a, cider through a straw.

I said to her, "Whatcha doin' that fer?",
"To sip my ci-der through a straw",
I said to her "Whatcha doin' that fer?",
"To sip my ci-der through a, cider through a straw.

The moral of, this little joke,
Is through your straw, sip ice cold Coke,
The moral of this little joke,
Is through your straw sip ice cold, straw sip ice cold Coke.

Hope this helps you out.

HTML line breaks added --JoeClone, 2-Oct-01.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: pavane
Date: 17 Jul 01 - 10:17 AM

I remember a bus trip in Saudi Arabia where everyone was singing Hava Nagila. A kind of protest, really. (Those who've been there will know what I mean)


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Jim Cheydi
Date: 17 Jul 01 - 10:43 AM

On our bus trips, we always sang a traditional Bedfordshire song that goes:

'We hate Watford
And we hate Watford
We hate Watford
And we hate Watford
We hate Watford
And we hate Watford
We are the Watford haters!'

It's as true today as it was then.
JC


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: BobP
Date: 17 Jul 01 - 11:25 AM

Anyone remember these Seegerisms?

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly"

or, the best make-up-a-verse-on-the-spot song . . .

Hey Lotte, Lotte, Lotte, Hey Lottie Lottie-O


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Snuffy
Date: 17 Jul 01 - 07:42 PM

Have you got a tune for that, Jim Cheydi?


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Brían
Date: 17 Jul 01 - 10:39 PM

I hadn't considered how much the songs I sang on the back of the bus influenced my taste for folk music.The are both full of gory details and references to body fluids.

Brían.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: catspaw49
Date: 17 Jul 01 - 10:42 PM

"In old Ohio, there's a band
That's known troughout the land.
One hundred twenty marching men
All brass and drums so grand.
And when the ramp is over
The cheers will reach the sky
Ohio's field will hear the sound
Of the Buckeye Battle Cry."

I offer that prelude to the "Buckeye Battle Cry" as a footnote to the days before PC and assorted gender situations, when the OSU Marching Band was all brass and drums, and mainly ALL MALE!!! The bus songs of this group are legendary such as their rendition of the "12 Days of Christmas" ..........12 twats a twitching, 11 lesbians licking, 10 turds a tumbling, 9 nipples dripping, 8 assholes oozing....you get the idea. The harmony was great, especially when the 5 verse came up....."Five Mother Fuckers".....complete with crescendos and decrescendos. There was also a nice harmony piece to the Mickey Mouse Club theme......"S, I, T.....O, N, M.....Y, F, A, C, E........sitonmyface." Alas, they were overtaken by the kinder and gentler world (although I would remind you that a lot of these guys over the years were teaching music to YOUR kids in schools across the country.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: JohnB
Date: 17 Jul 01 - 11:07 PM

We had a tradition on any of our school trips to sing without stopping ALL the way home. This is where I learned many folk songs, also many loonnggg back of the bus songs:- One man went to mow, 99 bottles of beer on the wall, I'll sing you one Oh, Green grow the rushes oh, Cosher Bailey, The Engineers song(really filthy), The limmerick songs(also filthy), Eskimo Nell(same again), Ball of Kerrimuir, We're all queers together, Sine up your buttons with Brasso, Lilly the Pink, The Music Man(with actions), Swing Low Seet Chariot(with actions again). I will stop now before I get bored, I just wish I could remember all the words to them all as well. On the Kissin and Huggin with Fred song, "De doody dum dum, de doody dum dum, de doody dum dum dum" JohnB


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: JudeL
Date: 18 Jul 01 - 03:29 AM

Gee thanks JC - nice to know who your mates really are
Jude (who lives in a village 4 miles from Watford!)


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: pavane
Date: 18 Jul 01 - 04:20 AM

JohnB, you can find lots of them here Smutty Songs, Dirty Ditties ... and here Squaddie Songs


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Mr Red
Date: 18 Jul 01 - 03:12 PM

**correction***
apparently I linked to the wrong file but the "Shine your Buttocks" song should appear now at cresby.com


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHINE YOUR BUTTONS WITH BRASSO^^^
From: Bagpuss
Date: 18 Jul 01 - 03:37 PM

Other ones I've just remembered are:

"The back of the bus are in the huff (because they cannit sing like us)" - to the tune of Johnny I Hardly Knew ye, and "Oh you'll never get to heaven". I also have a vague memory of a yodelling song with lots of actions - anyone refresh my memory with that one?

For Mr Red:

My Father's a Lavatory Cleaner

1. My Father's a lavatory cleaner
He works from morn till night
And when he gets home in the evening
His boots are covered in...

Chorus:
Sweet smelling lavender
You thought I was going to say...
Shine your buttons (buttocks?) with brasso
Its only a penny a tin
You can go down and get some at Woolies
Depends if they've got any in.

2. Some say he died of a fever
Some say he died of a fit
But I know what he died of
He died of the smell of the......

(chorus)

3. Some say he's buried in gravel
Some say he's buried in grit
But I know what he's buried in
6 foot deep in the....

(chorus)


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Gervase
Date: 18 Jul 01 - 04:38 PM

We used to sing a version of Mademoiselle from Armentieres about a fart. Blessed if I can remember all of it, but snippets were:

The fart went rolling down the street,
Knocked a copper off his feet.
The copper drew his rusty pistol
And shot the fart from here to Bristol...

The Pope of Rome was drinking gin
The fart flew down and fell right in.
The fart went rolling down his spine
And knocked his knackers out of line.


Ah, such memories of such rubbish!


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Brían
Date: 18 Jul 01 - 04:39 PM

This one was to a tune for a commercial selling canned pasta products:

HORSE MANURE

We're having horse manure,

Found it in the sewer,

Horse manure's really great,

Makes you throw up in your plate,

Hooray! For horse manure.

Of course, growing up in rural New England, We would pronounce it Hoss man-OO-uh and SOO-uh which made the song more interesting. I'd like to think my taste in music has matured, but there wer some clever little ditties we sang back then.

Brían.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Snuffy
Date: 18 Jul 01 - 05:06 PM

Gervase - you've come up with the ending I was missing here. Many thanks

Wassail! V


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Gervase
Date: 18 Jul 01 - 07:18 PM

Brilliant, now I've got the beginning of it - ta muchly. But maybe not one for the Middle Bar!


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Mr Red
Date: 19 Jul 01 - 06:56 PM

Thanks Bagpuss
not yet Miss Red was reading this thread and remarked on what sounded like lyrics to the tune of "On Top of Old Smokey" that she sang with her school chums on the way to play hockey. I have requested the lyrics so maybe in a day or two I can post some words. Quite respectable ones it would appear.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI^^^
From: Bagpuss
Date: 19 Jul 01 - 07:06 PM

To the tune of "On Top Of Old Smokey"

On top of spaghetti
All covered in cheese
I lost my poor meatball
When somebody sneezed

It rolled on the table
And onto the floor
And then my poor meatball
Rolled out of the door

It rolled in the garden
And into a bush
By then my poor meatball
Was nothing but mush

It caught the measles
So I put it to bed
When I woke up next morning
My meatball was dead.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: bill\sables
Date: 19 Jul 01 - 07:09 PM

There were also clean songs when I was a kid like;
I live to go a rambling , alonmg the Mountain track
And as I go I love to sling my knapsack on my back
Fal da ree etc.
And the ever popular
Oh the driver's got the wind up
Bill


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE CLEAN SONG
From: GUEST,JohnB
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 01:00 PM

There is one which is called THE CLEAN SONG somewhere I think in DT. The version I know until just near the end goes. The Tune is "Willikins and Dinah."

There once was a sailor who sat on a rock,
Shaking his fist and abusing his
Neighbouring farmer, whilst minding his ricks,
And teaching his children to play with their
Kites and their marbles, and need I say more?
When along come a woman who looked like a
Decent young lady. She walked like a duck.
She said she was learning a new way to
Bring up her children, and teach them to knit,
While the boys in the farmyard were shoveling the
Contents of the pigsty, the muck and the mire,
While the lord of the manor was pulling his
Horse from the stable to go for the hunt,
While his wife in her boudoir was powdering her
Nose and arranging her vanity box,
Taking good care to ward off the
Carlton rheumatics by changing her socks.
[Then the bit I forget, hope someone can fill it in.]
Oh, what did you think I was going to say?
Oh, you dirty young bugger! That's all for today.

JohnB

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 19-Sep-02.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 02:34 PM

Well, we specialized in actual Folk songs (most of my Jr High and High School bus trips occurred during the 60s Folk Scare) like If I Had a Hammer, Michael Row the Boat Ashore, Puff the Magic Dragon and California Dreamin'. We got to be pretty good, actually. Some of the best harmony singing I've ever done was with that bunch of pimply 15 year olds. Our bus drivers actually encouraged us to sing.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: mousethief
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 02:36 PM

JohnB, that's a lot like Sweet Violets, only the latter isn't nearly so dirty. I mean clean. Whatever. It's in the DT as Sweet Violets 2; here's the first verse:

There once was a farmer who took a young miss
In back of the barn where he gave her a -
Lecture on horses and chickens and eggs
and told her that she had such beautiful -
manners that suited a girl of her charms,
A girl that he wanted to take in his -
washing and ironing and then if she did
They could get married and raise lots of --

Sweet violets... (the chorus)

ALex


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Haruo
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 06:40 PM

If you miss me in the back of the bus,
You can't find me nowhere, o-o-oh,
Come on over to the front of the bus —
I'll be ridin' over there!
I'll be ridin' up there, oh,
I'll be ridin' up there, o-o-oh,
Come on over to the front of the bus —
I'll be ridin' over there! (Pete Seeger Live at Carnegie Hall album, I think)
(When I saw the thread I assumed it was Freedom Rider type stuff. Maybe because my childhood travels were mostly by car and rest by train or ship, very little bussing.)

Liland


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Brían
Date: 21 Jul 01 - 07:59 AM

this is truly great stuff. I remember snippets of a lot of this stuff. As I said earlier, I think singing this stuff whetted my appetite for singing folk songs.

Brían.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: running.hare
Date: 21 Jul 01 - 09:13 AM

"Right said Fred. Both of us together, one each end and steady as we go. Tried to lift it. Couldn't even shift it. We was getting nowhere and so we had a cup o tea, -- and Charlie had a think and thought we ought t' take off all the 'andles, and the things wot 'eld the candles. Well, it did no good. Well, I never thought it would...."

Was a favorite on family car trips when I was little.

Then when I was I bit less little and went on brownie/guide trips, I learnt such worthwhile songs as...

"Oh the cow kicked Nelly in the belly in the barn. [x3]
And the farmer said it would do no harm.
Second verse the same as the first,
A little bit louder and a little bit worse..."

And again the bus drivers would want to throttle us. As they would when we sang,

"All around the world, [echoed]
Every where we go, [echoed]
People always ask us, [echoed]
Who we are and where do we come from, [echoed]
So we tell them, [echoed]
We're from ______ [echoed]
Mighty, mighty _______, [echoed]
And if they can't hear us, [echoed]
We shout a little louder, [echoed]
[And it all starts again...]

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 19-Sep-02.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Mr Red
Date: 23 Jul 01 - 02:27 PM

Joy wrote these words down for me - I would estimate they were current in the 70's

On top of the mountain, All covered in grass.
A bald-headed eagle was scratching his
- don't be mistaken For what I have said,
A bald headed eagle was scratching his head.

to the tune of "On Top of Old Smokey"
the artistic effect of "rhyme refused" is implied by singing straight into the second verse instead of the last syllable of the first.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST,D_hand
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 07:54 AM

Here's one we sing. Guaranteed to raise a smile.

'Oh the (name of club/group you're travelling with)are on the piss again.
We're on the piss again.
We're on the piss again.

Oh the (name) are on the piss again.
We want to wee-wee now.

We want to wee-wee now.
We want to wee-wee now.
Oh the (name) are on the piss again.
We want to wee-wee now.'


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Brían
Date: 24 Jul 01 - 11:36 AM

I'm glad to see this thread is still going strong.

Brían.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST,tony jesmond
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 01:38 PM

I am looking for the words of a song for children that goes something like:

You cant throw your granny off the bus
because she's your mommy's mammy
etc etc etc
you could throw your other granny off the bus
because she's your daddy's mammy
etc


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: *Laura*
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 04:23 PM

10 Green Bottles! To really torture the bus drivers!
And in the little village school I went to between the ages of 4 and 7 we had a special school song - which I'm sure the teachers loved :-)

"We never behave,
We break every rule,
We're the kids of Odcombe school!"

Over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again!
But I couldn't describe the tune.

xLx


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 08:19 PM

Oh yeah, bottles of beer on the wall.

But how about --

I was cruising down the highway
Going ninety miles an hour
When the chain on my bicycle broke.
I was thrown in the ditch
While listening to Mitch [dates this to US, c. 1950s-60s -- "Sing Along with Mitch Miller]
With my teeth playing "Dixie" on the spokes.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: LadyJean
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 10:30 PM

Every school trip I was ever on at Ellis ended with the following ditty:
             Three cheers for our bus driver
             Our Bus driver
             Our Bus driver
             Three cheers for our bus driver


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: LadyJean
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 10:34 PM

Who's with us today!
God bless him HE NEED IT!
God Bless him! HE NEEDS IT!
Three cheers for our bus drive who's with us today.

Ellis was a girl's prep school, Annie Dillard was our best known alumna, and wrote some very nasty things about some very fine women in her book, "An American Childhood". I don't know if she ever sang the song.

We wore box pleated jumpers, what the English call gym slips. Two girls in uniform were riding on the bus, when they heard two smaller girls behind them talking and whispering. Finally one of the smaller girls asked, "Excuse me, are you Girl Scouts?"
"No," said the Ellis girl, we aren't Girl Scouts"
"See," the smaller girl told her friend, "I Told you they were nuns."


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Joe_F
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 11:29 PM

Does your chewing gum lose its flavor


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST,Mike Connell
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 04:30 PM


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: The Villan
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 04:42 PM

My mother in law looked like the back of a bus sooooooooo......


Mother In Law by Ernie K Doe


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Folkiedave
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 06:49 PM

A you're adorable, B, you're adorable C you're adorable too......

Julie Andrew's Dirty Song Book......

" I could have bleeped all night I could have bleeped all night and still have begged for more........"

" I do like to be beside the Sea Side"..........when passing any stretch of water.......

Dave


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 07:05 PM

"Ye cannae shove yer granny" was sung by Billy Connolly (and many others) to the tune of "She'll be coming round the mountain" . Apart from the usual verses, it's one of those where you can keep making up verses as you go along.

I'm late coming in on this thread, and surprised not to see -

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 people on the bus go up and down, etc

The ladies on the bus go chitter, chitter, chatter, etc

The horn on the bus goes beep beep beep, etc

And again you can continue ad infinitum by making up your own verses about assembled company.

It's a popular nursery/playgroup song in Scotland at least.
TB


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 07:20 PM

There's a hole in my bucket...

The five constipated men of the bible.

I like the flowers.

The frog song.

It's a long long way to this IVFDF (tipperary)

Half of the above posts, and anything else we can corrupt.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Azizi
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 08:41 PM

Tattie Bogle,

IMO, no history of contemporary songs in the USA could be complete without "The Wheels On The Bus'.

But based on my experiences working in after-school programs with elementary school aged children 5-12 years},"The Wheels On The Bus" isn't usually sung as a "back of the bus song" because it is viewed as being a "song for babies" {pre-school aged & younger}.

As I undestand the term, "back of the bus songs" are sung by school aged children who are taking school/camp/church etc sponsored extra-curricular 'field' trips.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Fliss
Date: 22 Jan 05 - 02:25 PM

As a child the family went on the annual SUnday School trip for years. We went in Vaggs Coaches or Midland Red busses. There were about 3coach loads at times and we headed in turn for Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno, Barmouth and even SOuthport and Blackpool.

The Vaggs coach over heated going up the Horseshoe Pass the one year.

The older kids had the back seats for the wonderful pastime of 'snogging' much frowned on by the church elders!

The rest of us sang raucously and craned our necks to watch the snogging.

Green grow the rushes o
Ten green bottles
Quartermasters store
One man went to mow
She ll be coming round the mountain
On top of old Smokey
Underneath the spreading chestnut tree
Found a peanut
John Browns Baby has a pimple on its tum


Sunday school chorus:

Wide wide as the ocean
The wise man built his house upon the rock
Im H A P P Y
Dives and Lazarus - The poor man died and he went up to heavenium
skiddly winky doodlum hi romny ro

Its interesting how songs get altered! I think the original words were:
I love to go awandering along the mountain track
And as I go I love to sing, my knapsack on my back
First made popular by the VIenna BOys choir in the 50s

On the way back there was the usual stop for those who had over eaten to be sick! Usually my sister. Then we would stop for fish and chips in Welshpool, or Wrexham.

Those were the days. No smoking, no alcohol, just good fun.

fxx


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Azizi
Date: 22 Jan 05 - 05:37 PM

Fiss,

Would you please post the words to "The Wise Man Built His House Upon
The Rock"?

When I read that title I got this vague memory of a song we sang at Sunday school in New Jersey, USA in the 1950s with hand motions..something like:

Oh the- wise man built his house upon the rock
house upon the rock house upon the rock
the wise man built his house upon the rock
{but the foolish man built on the sand}???

Then the -water came and sweep away the sand
swep away the sand
swep away the sand
the water came up and swep away the sand
built the rock house it still stands...


The song went something like that..because I lived in Atlantic City, New Jersey near the ocean I could really imagine that happening...though we didn't have any mountains or rocks big enough to build a house on..but that was a minor point in my mind...

What I focused on was the water sweeping away houses...maybe unconsciously that's why I moved to the Allegheny mountains of Pittsburgh...

Naw...

And my prayers for all who are still suffering the tragedy of the tsunami...{which this innocent little song also made me think of}...

Anyway, I'd appreciate knowing if the song you mentioned is the same or similar to the one that I thought of when I read your list.

Thanks,
Ms Azizi {I'm adding Ms. sometimecause I understand some people thought I am a Mr ;o)


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Azizi
Date: 22 Jan 05 - 05:39 PM

sorry-the last line to that song I vaguely remember is "but the rock house it still stands".


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Flash Company
Date: 23 Jan 05 - 10:41 AM

I recall we had a song describing what we would do to all the teachers 'When the Red Revolution comes' . It went to the tune of 'Glory , glory Hallelujah ' from Battle Hymn of the Republic.
We had a Religious Knowledge teacher called Alice Davy, who, how can I put it kindly, was built rather near to the ground. Known to all as 'Ducker'
On the particular occasion I had the misfortune to find myself sittin next to our Deputy Head, Tom Sanderson 'Tasso', who had just been consigned to a coalmine by the back row. As they started on the next verse he turned to me and said 'Who or what is Ducker?' I said 'Miss Davy, Sir.'
He thought about it and then said 'Ah yes, something to do with the way she walks , perhaps!'
Pure reality for ever,
Pure reality for ever
Pure reality for ever
Till the Red Revolution comes!

FC


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Neighmond
Date: 24 Jan 05 - 01:08 AM

Reuben, Reuben, I been thinking-What a fine world this would be!
If all the teaches were deported, far beyond the southern sea!
Rachel, Rachel I been thingking, If they went beyond the sea,
Every boy would get an "A" and every girl would get a "D".

chaz


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Crystal
Date: 24 Jan 05 - 12:19 PM

Well "You'll never get to heaven" and "What shall we do with a Drunken Sailor" are popular, as is "You Cannae Shove your Grannie"

I like the verse;
My Grannies gone away on holiday
My Grannies gone away on holiday
She's gone away with Saga
for sun, sea, sex and Larger
My Grannies gone away on holiday


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Fliss
Date: 24 Jan 05 - 06:39 PM

Hi Azizi

The words we sang are

The foolish man built his house upon the sand (x3)
And the rain came tumbling down.
The rains came down and the floods came up (x3)
And the house on the sand fell flat

The wise man built his house upon the rock (x3)
And the rain came tumbling down.
The rains came down and the floods came up (x3)
And the house on the rock stood firm.

We also did actions to the song.
cheers
f


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST,Rod
Date: 24 Jan 05 - 06:59 PM

Grandma's in the cellar.
Lordy can't you smell her?
cooking biscuits on her dirty stove.
In her eye there's matter,
drippin' in the batter
and she whistles while the (sniff)
runs down her nose.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Azizi
Date: 24 Jan 05 - 10:56 PM

Thanks,Fliss!

The words to those two song are very similar...

As you said "Its interesting how songs get altered!"

The two songs probably came from the same source though I'm not sure if it will ever be known what that source is, who wrote it, or when.

In your post you mentioned names of towns that are unfamiliar to me..Sorry for my ignorance, but are these towns in England?

I learned this "The wise man built his house upon a rock" in a Baptist Sunday School in New Jersey {USA}. May I ask what denomination was your Sunday School?

I appreciate your posting these words.

Ms. Azizi


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 26 Jan 05 - 07:45 PM

Ms Azizi
I have certainly heard "Wheels on the bus2 sung by "kids" much older than pre-school, e.g 50+!!
There were also loads i used to know in the Girl Guides, but there's a separate thread somewhere on that subject!


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Subject: ADD: Ye Cannae Push Yer Granny Off a Bus
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Jan 05 - 08:27 PM

I learned "Ye Cannae Push Yer Granny Off a Bus" years ago, from I forget who. It went to the tune of "I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago."

YE CANNAE PUSH YER GRANNY OFF A BUS

Oh, ye cannae push yer granny off a bus (2)
Ye cannae push yer granny,
For she is yer mammy's mammy,
Oh ye cannae push yer granny off a bus.

Oh my Granny wears an awfu' scratchy vest [scratch, scratch]    (2)
Oh my Granny wears a scratchy
All ripped aroon an' patchy,
Oh my Granny wears an awfu' scratchy vest.

Oh my Granny ears her porridge wi' a fork   [slurp, slurp]    (2)
Oh, my Granny eats her porride
An' her bowl is ower larridge,
Oh, my Granny ears her porridge w;' a fork.

Oh, we'll all go roon' tae Granny's for our tea [Hello, Granny, slurp, slurp,
                  scratch, scratch]       (2)
We'll all go roon' tae Granny's
An' we'll sit our little fannies,
An' have tea with Granny solemnly.

Ye can shove yer other granny off a bus,    [scream]    (2)
Ye can shove yer other granny
'Cos she's yer daddy's mammy,
Ye can shove yer other granny off a bus.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 26 Jan 05 - 08:45 PM

to the tune of john browns body

when the red revolution comes along

oh we'll make lady docker wear a marks and spencer dress x3
when the red revolution comes along

oh we'll make winston churchill smoke a woodbine every day

oh we'll make fanny Craddock eat a bag of fish and chips

plus other verses featuring celebrities of the day


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST,Rod
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 07:12 PM

(To the tune of John Denver's "Take Me Home Country Road")


Almost Heaven, Oklahoma
Big Red River,
Lots of Dust and Tumbleweeds.
Country Music
Leon Russell too.
Then there's Conway Twitty,
in Oklahoma City.

Country Roads,
Take me there.
I need a change
of Underwear.            
Oklahoma
Welfare for all.
Take me home, Country Roads.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Chris Green
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 07:24 PM

To the tune of the Coco Pops advert (mid 80's)

My name's Coco and I live in a tree
I sell condoms for twenty-five pee
Some are fifty, some are a bob
It all depends on the size of your .... and I'll leave the rest to your imagination!


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Fliss
Date: 29 Jan 05 - 03:19 PM

Hi Ms. Azizi

Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno, Barmouth are seaside towns in Wales. SOuthport and Blackpool are on the English northwest coast. They are all in easy reaching distance of my home town - Shrewsbury.

The sunday school was run by the FIEC - Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches. We used the CSSM Chorus book.

fliss


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Jan 05 - 04:18 PM

Thanks, Fliss.

I appreciate the information. I may never get to see those places but at least I'm hearing about them through other's experiences and memories.

The Internet can be a wondeful thing!

Ms. Azizi


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Jan 05 - 04:26 PM

Tattie Bogle -

If children and adults are having fun or being nostalgic they are liable to sing songs that they otherwise might refer to as 'baby songs'.

Based on my experiences in a very small neck of the woods {and mountains & three rivers}of Greater Pittsburgh, PA area with a specific subset of children & youth from a specific population [African Americans]"The Wheels on The Bus" is considered a 'baby song'.

Best wishes,

Ms. Azizi Powell


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Fliss
Date: 30 Jan 05 - 12:02 PM

I agree Azzi. I taught infants years ago and we learned "The Wheels on the Bus", its an action song and fun. I also taught it to my own children. However I now work with adults with learning difficulties and wouldnt include it in the songs we sing as we are supposed to stick to songs that are age related! Mind you there are some requests for the song.

As you say the internet is a wonderful thing, its a great place for finding out the bizarre and also to look for info on where people come from.

f


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Azizi
Date: 06 Mar 05 - 12:01 PM

Here's a unison song that my daughter, an elementary school teacher, told me that kids from her school sang on their school trip yesterday:
It's sung to the tune of John Brown's Baby has a cold upon his chest":

I got a song that
no one ever likes.
no one ever likes {Hey!}
no one ever likes.
I got a song that
no one ever likes.
And it goes some thing like this.

[repeat the same words but ever time you do so slightly
changing the last line..for example
"And the song goes like this"; "And we sing it like this"
"And the words go like this"

I guess the reason why "no one" {no bus drivers?} likes this song because it could very easily get on their nerves...

But not being a bus driver, this songs sounds like a keeper to me!

Azizi


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Subject: ADD: Ye Cannae Shove Yer Grannie Aff the Bus
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Mar 06 - 10:16 AM

YE CANNAE SHOVE YER GRANNIE AFF THE BUS

Oh ye cannae shove yer grannie aff the bus,
Oh ye cannae shove yer grannie aff the bus,
Ye cannae shove yer grannie
For she's yer mammie's mammie,
Ye canna shove yer grannie aff the bus.

Ye can shove yer ither Granny aff a bus.
Ye can shove yer ither Granny aff a bus.
Ye can shove yer ither Granny
'Cos she's yer Faither's Mammy
Ye can shove yer ither Granny aff a bus.

Ye can shove yer Uncle Wullie aff a bus.
Ye can shove yer Uncle Wullie affa bus.
Uncle Wullie's like yer Faither
A harum-scarum blether,
Ye can shove yer Uncle Wullie aff a bus.

Ye can shove yer Auntie Maggie aff a bus.
Ye can shove Auntie Maggie aff a bus.
Auntie Meg's yer Faither's sister,
She's naethin' but a twister,
Ye can shove yer Auntie Maggie aff a bus.

But ye canna shove yer Granny aff a bus.
O ye canna shove yer Granny aff a bus.
O ye canna shove yer Granny,
'Cos she's yer Mammy's Mammy,
O ye canna shove yer Granny aff a bus.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Bagpuss
Date: 04 Mar 06 - 10:27 AM

Geordie had a pigeon, a pigeon, a pigeon.
Geordie had a pigeon, a pigeon he had.
He flew it by day and he flew it by night,
And when it came back it was covered in shhhhh.....Geordie had a pigeon etc


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Purple Foxx
Date: 04 Mar 06 - 10:31 AM

Ten sticks of Dynamite hangin' on the wall
Ten sticks of Dynamite hangin' on the wall
& if one stick of dynamite should accidently fall
there'll be no sticks of Dynamite & no bloody wall!


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Scotus
Date: 04 Mar 06 - 06:01 PM

Ye can shove yir ither uncle aff a bus
Ye can shove yir ither uncle aff a bus
Ye can shove yir ither uncle, he's got a big carbuncle
Ye can - - - -

Jack


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST,Cathy
Date: 01 Mar 07 - 05:07 AM

The words to The Wise Man Built His House Upon The Rock is based on a parable that Jesus told   - you can read it in the Bible, in Matthew chapter 7 verses 24-29.

The words of the chorus are as follows:

The wise man built his house upon the rock x 3
And the rains came tumbling down.
The rains came down and the floods came up x 3
And the house upon the rock stood firm.

The foolish man built his house upon the sands x 3
And the rains came tumbling down.
The rains came down and the floods came up x 3
And the house upon the sands fell flat.

So build your life on the Lord Jesus Christ x 3
And the blessings come tumbling down.
The prayers go up and the blessings come down x 3
So build your life on Christ.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Folkiedave
Date: 01 Mar 07 - 06:15 AM

I remembered

Be kind to you web-footed friends
For that duck may be somebody's mother,
it may live in the cold and the swamp,
Where the weather is exceedingly damp,(domp)
Now you may think that's the end of this song,
and it is
but I can prove that I am a liar,
We'll sing the song once again,
Only this time a bit louder and much higher.

Repeat - higher key and louder.....


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 01 Mar 07 - 12:15 PM

Stop the bus I want a WEE wee
Stop the bus I wanna wee wee
Stop the bus I want a WEE wee
And the people at the front can't sw-i-im.

and does anyone outside of the Upper Ards peninsula know the song "the boat was leaving Belfast/the sky was a colour of blue"? Or is it limited to my generation and immediate childhood locality?


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: melodeonboy
Date: 01 Mar 07 - 05:22 PM

Most of the songs in Fliss's list were commonly sung on trips when I was a schoolboy/boy scout.

Of particular merit was "The Quartermaster's Store", because whoever decided to lead the song, or even a particular verse, could invent the first line, which everyone else would then follow. For example, one of our teachers was called Danny; this led to the leading line "There was Danny, Danny, playing with her f***y".

Oooooh, how we laughed!!!!!!

If anyone wants the words to it, please let me know.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST,lambchop
Date: 01 Mar 07 - 05:29 PM

mercy on you if your kids ever get started on this one
on a road trip:

    this is the song that never ends
    it just goes on and on my friend
    somebody started singing it
    not knowing what it was
    and they'll continue singing it
    forever, just because..

    this is the song that never ends... (etc. till your teeth melt)


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST,Shotzie
Date: 02 Apr 07 - 04:44 PM

I know a song that gets on everybodys nerves,
everybodys nerves, everybodys nerves.
I know a song that gets on every bodys nerves
and this is how it goes:
I know a song that gets on everybodys nerves...etc etc.


Repeat as many times as needed.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Darowyn
Date: 03 Apr 07 - 04:41 AM

I used to run a Youth Centre in the seventies, and I felt really sorry for a group of lads I took on a trip to another centre about thirty miles away.
You see, they were all Punk Rockers. They had a go at "Pretty Vacant", but apart from that they had nothing to sing on the back of the bus.
Sad isn'it?
Imagine how much worse it is for the poor souls who are into Drum and Bass......
"Altogether now! 1,2,3,4
Boboom, chish,badabadaba,ka-chish"
or Gangsta Rap...
"M******* f****** h****"
I lament the lost innocence of harmless vulgarity.

Cheers
Dave


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST,Ross
Date: 06 Jun 07 - 04:39 AM

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.
lol


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Azizi
Date: 04 Jul 07 - 12:20 PM

Here's two [more?] example of songs for the bus driver:

HOORAY FOR THE BUSDRIVER
hooray for the busdriver,the busdriver,the busdriver hooray for the busdriver the busdriver hooray he drinks and he cusses he wrecks all our busses horray for the busdriver the busdriver hooray
-Anonymous; http://www.cocojams.com/teacher_taunts.htm ; 3/17/2007

**

HAIL 2 THE BUS DRIVER
Hail to the busdriver, busdriver, busdriver
Hail to the busdriver, busdriver man.
He drinks and he cusses,
And smokes on the busses,
All hail the busdriver, busdriver, busdriver
All hail the busdriver, busdriver man.
-Source: Cassi ; http://blog.oftheoctopuses.com/000518.php ; April 17, 2004


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Celtaddict
Date: 05 Jul 07 - 10:47 AM

'The Wheels on the Bus' is ubiquitous as a children's song (though I just checked the DT and did not find it), but a friend often starts it up at his gigs in pubs and it invariably goes over big with the college-through-retiree gang.
Some other verses:
The babies on the bus go wah-wah-wah
The mommies on the bus go shh-shh-shh
The wipers on the bus go swish-swish-swish (I like the hand movements to this one)
And I think he originated
The driver on the bus goes 'Move on back!'

And Rosa Parks said 'Not for me!'

Now the people on the bus sit where they want,
Left or right, back or front,
Now the people on the bus sit where they want,
All through the town.
Actually, that is the school kid version (he does lots of schools too). In the pub it is usually
Rosa Parks said 'Kiss my ass!' which gets applause every time.
For our friends across the pond: Rosa Parks (1915-2005) is called the 'Mother of the Civil Rights Movement' in the U.S. She was involved with youth and civil rights causes through her adult life. In the 1950's 'coloreds' were routinely made to sit in the back of public buses. On December 1, 1955, Ms. Parks was riding a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and declined to give up her seat to a white male.
Social history in a preschoolers' song performed in a pub. Who knew.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 Jul 07 - 04:21 PM

I was thinking, along with Leland up above, that this was a thread about "freedom riders" from the 1960's. I have vivid memories of a SNCC group leading "If You don't see me in the back of the bus" at some special event in NYC in the early 1960's.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Azizi
Date: 05 Jul 07 - 09:27 PM

Charley, you mentioned that Leland thought this was a thread on freedom songs. I take it that Leland is the same person as Harou. [?]

Haruo [20 Jul 01 - 06:40 PM] posted a verse to If You Don't See Me At The Back Of The Bus {also known as If You Miss Me In [or "From"] The Back Of The Bus"}

Here's verses to that song as I hearing them sung:

IF YOU DON'T SEE ME AT THE BACK OF THE BUS
If you don't find me at the back of the bus
If you can't find me back there.
Come on up to the front of the bus.
I'll be sittin up there.
I'll be sittin up there.
Come on up to the front of the bus
I'll be sittin up there.

If you can't find me in the schoolroom
If you can't find me in there
Come on out to the picket line
I'll be standin right there
I'll be standin right there
Come on out to the picket line
I'll be standin right there

If you can't find me in the picket line
If you can't find me out there
Come on down to the jail house
I'll be singin in there
I'll be singin in there
Come on down to the jail house
I'll be singin in there

If you can't find me in jail house
If you don't see me in there
Come on over to the church yard
I'll be prayin out there
I'll be prayin out there
Come on over to the church yard
I'll be prayin out there.
-snip-

[Here are some additional verses from a 1963 book on Civil Rights songs edited by Guy and Candie Carawan, published by Oak Publications; New York ; p. 50; {Library of Congress Number 63-23278}. I lost the cover page of the copy I reproduced and don't have a title page].

If you miss me from the front of the bus,
and you can't find me nowhere,
Come on up to the driver's seat,
I'll be driving up there. etc.

If you miss me from Jackson State,
and you can't find me no where
Come on over to Ole Miss,
I'll be studyin' over there. etc.

If you miss me from knockin' on doors
and you can't find me nowhere
Come on down to the registrar's room,
I'll be the registrar there. ect.

If you miss me from the cotton field,
and you can't find me nowhere.
Come on down to the court house,
I'll be voting right there. etc

If you miss me from the picket line,
and you can't find me nowhere.
Come on down to the jail house,
I'll be rooming down there. etc.

If you miss me from the Mississippi
River
and you can't find me nowhere
Come on down to the city pool
I'll be swimming in there. etc.   

-snip-


Btw, some time ago I posted words to this song on my website http://www.cocojams.com/freedom_songs.htm along with this note: "adapted from the song composed by C. Neblett".

Though I posted that note then, now I don't have a clue where I got that information from. Which song did C. Neblett write? Please help, Q or anyone else!

Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Azizi
Date: 05 Jul 07 - 09:33 PM

Hey, Celtaddict!

I really like your friend's Rosa Parks verse for the "Wheels On The Bus" song.

Both versions!!

My compliments to him or her.

:o)


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Celtaddict
Date: 05 Jul 07 - 10:25 PM

Thanks, I will pass that along to him!

We sang
If you miss me at the back of the bus,
You can't find me nowhere,
Come on up to the front of the bus,
I'll be riding up there.
I'll be riding up there,
I'll be riding up there, oh-oh,
Come on up to the front of the bus,
I'll be riding up there.
And a lot of other verses, very close to both those you posted above. One summer about a dozen of us built some bath houses, concrete block with showers, toilets, sinks for a community that had none. That was basically our theme song, and was far my favorite of all of that ilk. Some verses were made up on the spot, not surprisingly, but some were very like the Carawan verses. I like the 'swim' verse because of the rhythm of fitting in 'Mississippi River.'

We differentiated between 'road' songs and 'basement' songs which seem to be both included in these 'back of the bus' songs in this thread. A 'road' song is solely to pass the time (99 bottles or the ants for the little kids, more elaborate ones for the older kids, maybe cumulative, or lots of verses, or harmony or rounds). A 'basement' song is one we 'young ladies' did not sing in public, usually bawdy, sometimes pretty vulgar.
I learned 'Back of the Bus' on the same night and from the same teen from whom I learned 'Hot Nuts' of the basement genre. ('Nuts, hot nuts, you get them from the peanut man; nuts, hot nuts, you get them any way you can' seemed terribly racy then though I am not sure why; I suspect the verses were noticeably ruder but I do not happen to recall any of them.)


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Azizi
Date: 06 Jul 07 - 04:40 PM

Q asked me to post the text of these two pms that he sent me last night/this morning:


BACK OF THE BUS- legal title of "If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus," composed by Carver Neblett, copyright Sanga Music, Inc., BMI Work No. 76696.

Sung by Kim and Reggie Harris (with Peter Yarrow (of P, P, and M) and Bethany and Rufus; the cd "Let My People Go." [NOT the current 2005 release by Kim and Reggie Harris]

Current affiliation of Carver Neblett not known by BMI; probably deceased.

Expect invoice for my finder's fee.

Regards, Q

Also recorded by Harry Belafonte.

**

I got it [information about "If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus"] from about three or so websites and didn't keep a copy. Those BMI, ASCAP etc. websites take time to peruse and sort out the info, and I don't want to go through them again.

Added notes: Written in the 1950s but I couldn't find the date- one would have to write BMI, giving the work number 76696, to get that.
At one site the song was noted as traditional/Neblett, but it was not one of those with the recording data and list of licensed performers, and a lot of sites, like wackypedia, have as much fiction as fact.

I would guess that Neblett might have used a tune, or revised one, that he borrowed, but this is a song written in the folk revival heyday of the 1950s, and unless one knew Peter Yarrow or someone else who worked with Neblett, the facts may be hard to find.

The words are copyright, but one probably would have to have the old Belafonte recording to know what the original words were. I couldn't find sheet music. Peter (Yarrow), Paul and Mary also may have recorded as well as sung it, but I don't have any of their recordings.

Regards, Q

-snip-

Thanks Q!

I'll be on the look out for that invoice.

:o)


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Snuffy
Date: 10 Jul 07 - 12:26 PM

Celtaddict,

The verses I recall for "Hot Nuts" were parodies of verses from things like Ray Charles' What'd I Say and older Gospel stuff (Let My People Go?):

See that girl, all dressed in red
Makes her living on a feather bed

See that girl, all dressed in black
Makes her living on her back

See that girl, all dressed in pink
She's the one that made my fingers stink

etc., etc.,

And that was just the sort of thing we'd sing on the bus (a chara, that is, not the 25 into town), or at the rugby club or students union bar or similar places.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Celtaddict
Date: 11 Jul 07 - 10:36 PM

Thanks, Snuffy. I think.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST,Ol' Gray Mare
Date: 18 Nov 07 - 04:42 PM

I came in here looking for 'Five Little Girls Sitting in the Backseat' which I remember from about age 5 years in the later 50's. (funny how we all remember a different number of girls). Thanks for posting the singer's link. The song link doesn't work, but the name does - there is quite an enjoyable website attached to it with a funny Christmas song by Paul Evans and others he has on there too. It turns out he wrote "Midnight Special" and "Roses are red, Violets are blue" so "Seven Little Girls" was just the beginning for him. Mare


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Azizi
Date: 19 Nov 07 - 04:37 PM

Here's a song that was sent to my website www.cocojams.com

"this is what we sing on our bus ride home from winning games : we must! we must! we must increase our bus the bigger the better the tighter the sweater the boyz depend on us... say it 5 times fast"
-houston Jr high cheer; 1/9/2007

-snip-

I think it's a pretty good guess that "bus" here is a typo for "bust".


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Nov 07 - 09:23 PM

The CN Bus
It was a cold winter's night and not a star was in sight
As we rolled down the hill to Random West
On the CNR* bus that had caused quite a fuss
For replacing our Newfoundland express.
Now in a seat in the rear sat a man who was here
To see how long t'would take to make the dash.
Old MacMillian they said a promotion would get
If his buses could save the railway cash.
In a seat just ahead sat a lady in red
Maggy Hawkins from Upper Gullies Trap.
She weighed 23 stone and the bus gave a groan
As she got up and started for the back.
It was Maggie's intent as the floor boards she bent
To enter the powder room in back.
It was a small 2 x 4 with a hatch for a door
Situated beneath the luggage rack.
Now all the crowd gave a roar as she opened the door
And old Maggie to force herself she tried
But alas she got stuck like a Lundrigan truck
It was plain she would never get inside.
She went back to her seat dripping sweat in the heat
Saying ooh how I miss the good old train.
And if this thing doesn't park until well after dark
My poor kidneys will never stand the strain.
Said a man turning pale, she's been drinking peg ale
Give her first aid - this surely is a crime.
That's when MacMillian did jump up in the aisle and did shout
Keep her rollin', we're making record time!
For an hour they drove until outside Arnolds Cove
Old Mag got up and started for the door.
And his stop watch in his hand Gordy MacMillian took his stand
Told the driver to put her to the floor.
Now with a final lashing Maggie sucked in her cheeks
And a brave burst of fire and of steam
And a thunderous roar that shook the valley and the shore
And the bus blew apart beside a stream.
There were 20 men maimed as the rescue squad came
Not a trace of Maggie could be seen.
Old MacMillian went blind, one poor man blew his mind
And the driver woke up in Lamalene.
Well on the crest of a hill just outside of Clarenville
Stands a tombstone to mark Mag's last remains.
May her soul ever fly to that great bathroom in the sky
For she's the lady that gave us back our TRAAAAAIIIIINNNN.
####.... Tom Cahill Tune: Wreck Of The # 9


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Feb 08 - 08:16 AM

Help! Believe it or not I actually need a copy of the seven little girls sitting in the backseat with Fred!!! BUT not the 50's version...It was redone sometime in the 80's and starts off with "beep beep ahhh beep beep" and it quite a pop song!! I did have a copy but it's no good anymore and I need to use the song again.
My email is hvncent @ hotmail.com

Hope someone still reads these posts...


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST,Suffolk Miracle
Date: 15 Feb 08 - 07:28 AM

Lloyd George knew my father, my father knew Lloyd George ... ad nauseam to the tune of Onward Christian Soldiers.
Once saw a fabulous cartoon of a baby with LJ's features sitting in a pram singing Lloyd George knew my mother....


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Melissa
Date: 15 Feb 08 - 09:04 PM

Yesterday's Guest..are you sure you're not thinking of Andrew's Sisters "Six Jerks in a Jeep"?


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Bert
Date: 16 Feb 08 - 12:14 AM

LOL Weelittledrummer.

Free beer for all the workers
Free beer for all the workers
Free beer for all the workers
When the Red revolution comes.

We'll hang Anthony Eden from a sour apple tree...

We'll make Hugh Gaitskell scub the steps of Transport House...


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Ian Burdon
Date: 16 Feb 08 - 08:36 AM

Celtaddict/Snuffy

There are a couple of recordings of Hot Nuts floating around. I think I have one somewhere by Roosevelt Sykes and I know the late George Melly recorded it years ago. Verses I recall

Nuts, hot nuts, get them from the peanut man
Nuts, hot nuts, you'd better get them while you can

See that man dressed in red? He plays with his nuts while he's in bed
See that man dressed in green? He's got the biggest nuts I've ever seen
See that man dressed in black? He carries his nuts around in a sack

etc. etc.

A somewhat different version was recorded by L'il Hohnson in 1934. The lyric is here


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: paula t
Date: 16 Feb 08 - 10:44 AM

While on holiday in California a number of years ago, Kathryn and Sarah were singing "The wheels on the bus " to some American friends of ours.When they got to the line which says"The driver on the bus says move along please", our friends started to roar with laughter. They made a comment that English politeness is priceless. Apparently they sing "The driver on the bus says move on back".
Kathryn knows exactly how to wind us up on long journeys. She will begin to sing "Found a peanut".For those fortunate enough not to have heard it , let me enlighten you.......

Found a peanut, found a peanut ,
Found a peanut yesterday.
Found a peanut, found a peanut,
Found a peanut yesterday.

I was hungry ,I was hungry ,
I was hungry yesterday,
I was hungry, I was hungry ,
I was hungry yesterday.

(this is driving me to distraction and I'm only typing it!I'll cut it short and let you fill in the rest). The format is exactly the same for every verse. The lead lines of the rest of the verses are as follows.....

So I ate it........

It was mouldy.....

I was sick......

Went to the doctors.......

But I died........

Went to heaven.......

Guess what I found there ?......

Found a peanut......

I was hungry.....


(and so on - ad infinitum....Aargh!)

No matter how hard we try, we have never managed to get past about 6 repeats before we beg for mercy. We are considering playing festivals and clubs in the near locality to avoid long journeys!


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST,Seku Neblett aka Carver Neblett aka Chico Ne
Date: 25 Feb 08 - 09:35 PM

"If you miss me at the back of the bus" was composed and copywrited by Carver Neblett, aka, Seku Neblett . The original title was "If you miss me in the Mississippi River and you can't find me nowhere, come on down to the swimming pool and I'll be swimming down there". The song was written during a trial sourounding protest at the public swimming pool in Cairo, Illinois. The brother of one of the defendants drowned in the river because the public pool did not admit people of African decent. As the song spread throught the south, the people changed the the song into, "If you miss me at the back of the bus". Thank you, Seku Neblett, Charles Neblett's brother. -

I am very much alive and still struggling for "The Liberation, and Unification of Africa and all
of her scattered and suffering People and for the forward progress of the human family.

Thank you,
http://www.seku.com      http://www.youtube.com/nkrumahseku


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Azizi
Date: 26 Feb 08 - 09:26 AM

Thanks for that information, Seku.

It's important to make sure that the history about the origin of these types of songs is preserved along with the songs themselves.

Your efforts on behalf of human rights for all are greatly appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 26 Feb 08 - 02:38 PM

Was fascinated by the story that Bob Dylan had to be shamed into taking part in the Civil Rights protests.
His manager said he could not afford the fare, so actor-singer Theodor Bikel bought him a ticket, leaving our 'revolutionary hero' no choice.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST,Isabelle
Date: 10 Mar 08 - 07:46 AM

This one has come down through the family..
When I was young I went to school to learn my ABC
I stepped upon a nanny goat trap and saw the open sea
A chinese man came up to me and said I was a spy
And if I didnt sing a song he'd punch me in the eye
So in the eye he punched me and I began to cry
While I was crying I was standing on my head
Singing esa esa rumba, a fish came up to me
I love the fishies and the fishies love me
He chopped me up with a knife and fork
And put me on a cabbage stalk
I grew so fat I couldnt walk
I had to join the army.
The captain there was a very nice man who had two black eyes
and he played on his whiskers do the cha cha boys
do the cha cha boys, do the cha cha boys
He played on his whiskers do the cha cha boys......

Does anyone else know this one.. we used to sing in on trips in the car and we teach it to our new generations... why, Im not sure... lol


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Mr Red
Date: 10 Mar 08 - 06:30 PM

sitting on the back seat, hugging and a-kissin with Fred
Lonnie Donegan. (Who was 50's my mother told me).


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Mar 08 - 09:06 PM

I remember Fred in the Backseat going like this..."seven little girls sittin in the backseat huggin and a kissin with Fred, Why don't 1 of you come up and sit beside me and 1 of the whispered low...altogether now 1,2,3...keep your mind on your driving, keep your hands on the wheel, keep your snooky eyes on the road ahead, we're having fun sittin in the backseat huggin and a kisiin with Fred, dee da dee dum dum..." It was a favorite of mine when I was little in the 1980's of 50's music!


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST,nameldog
Date: 19 Jun 08 - 09:23 AM

Can anyone remember an old Sunday School song that goes sort of like this.Build on the rock ,the rock that never stands,Build on the rock but not upon the sand.I cant remember the rest.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Mo the caller
Date: 19 Jun 08 - 06:33 PM

Build on the rock ,the rock that ever stands,
Build on the rock and not upon the sands.
You need not fear the storm or the eathquakes shock
You're safe for evermo-ore if you
Build on the rock


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST,Keith
Date: 20 Jun 08 - 09:15 AM

Why not check out http://bussongs.com - BusSongs.com contains the largest collection of nursery rhymes and children's songs that I've ever found.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST,Glenford
Date: 19 Jul 09 - 05:51 PM

1. Now My old man works down the toilets
He does it to keep himself fit
But when he comes home over night time
He smell like a great lump of......

Shine yor windows with rhubarb
It's only three halfpence a tin
you can buy or nick it from woolworths
But i dont think they've got any in

2. Some say he died of a fever
Some say he died of a fit
But I know what he died of
He died of the smell of the......

Shine yor windows with rhubarb
It's only three halfpence a tin
you can buy or nick it from woolworths
But i dont think they've got any in

3. Some say he's buried in gravel
Some say he's buried in grit
But I know where my old mans lying
covered 6 foot deep under some.....

Shine yor windows with rhubarb
It's only three halfpence a tin
you can buy or nick it from woolworths
But i dont think they've got any in


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 11:02 AM

We didn't sing many bus songs. We were too busy wreaking havoc in other ways, such as climbing over the seats (yes, really! My sister was a bus monitor and never let me. The year she went into middle school I was very annoyed that they started enforcing the actual rules!)

But I remember a few... endless repeats of all zillion verses of so-and-so and you-know-who kissing in a tree, "as long as possible" versions of "the green grass grows all around", Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider*, Our Teacher Died Today, and the Vomit-Comet song.

And when I was in Chorus in Staten Island I learned "I know a song that gets on everybody's nerves". I sang it to my nieces recently and the younger one went "You're annoying me!" "I'm getting on your nerves?" "No, you're just ANNOYING me! The song is ANNOYING!"


*Just a few years ago I heard some boys on the back of a public bus singing that. They were very irked that they couldn't figure out how to make it insult girls instead, LOL!


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST,GUEST
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 01:28 PM

I don't wanna go to mexico no more more more
there's a big fat policeman at the door door door
if you ask him for a dolla?
girl you betta holla!
I don't wanna go to Mexico, no more more more
SHAME!


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Nov 09 - 03:29 AM

Can't believe someone else knows this song. We have been singing it in our family since we were little kids. Passed down from our grandad through all the generations since.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Artful Codger
Date: 13 Jan 10 - 02:45 AM

Here's another verse to "Shine Your Buttons with Brasso" ("My father's a lavatory cleaner"):

My sister's an exotic dancer;
"Exotic"'s a term that's quite fit:
If you ask her, for twenty quid extra,
She'll squat on your lap and then...
        Shine your buttons with Brasso...


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 08:25 AM

What a feast of reading!
I thought of answers to so many questions as I trolled through, but every one has been answered. Even the words to the alternate hymn 'Build on the rock' ... except the version I was taught had a minor variation or two.
My family [circa 1940's] always went out for a Sunday afternoon drive, and when my Dad was in a relaxed mood he would tunelessly sing a huge variety of silly songs. Apparently, when HE was a child at school [born 1907], on Friday afternoons each student had to do a 'turn' such as play an instrument or sing or recite. Dad had no musical skills whatsoever, but he HAD to perform. He did a little research on old Vaudeville songs, which were 'naughty but nice' and would stand up and sing them absolutely flat, with usually one constant note. He became very popular.
Unfortunately, we never managed to get him to write down all the words, but I can remember parts of some of the songs. Some had dozens of verses, and are lost.
I was fortunate enough to find some tonight, in a search which led me to this interesting Site.
Thanks for all the entertainment.
What was I searching for?
Songs like 'Swim Sam' and 'Played my concertina' [successful ... even to a soundtrack!]
'Ro-tiddly-ho', 'As I was looking back to see if ...' 'Oh she was so good and so kind to me ...' and numerous others [unsuccessful yet]

Thanks for the Memories.
Ah! Nostalgia! Half the fun of remembering is the rearranging.

Cheers
Sally Forth


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Jul 10 - 04:54 PM

this song has lots of verses I can only remember the first can anyone help with the rest.
"We break up,
We break down,
We don't care if the school falls dowm.
No more English no more French
No more sitting on th old school fence."


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 18 Jul 10 - 06:07 PM

Back in the late 40's (seems like only yesterday), the Columbia Band traveled to away games by bus. THis could involve a seven or eight hour trip, starting at midnight---we used to have a limerick pool. Everyone pitched in five dollars, we took turns at limericks (interspersed with Ay! Ay Ay Ay! choruses), and you were out if you couldn't come up with one that hadn't been sung. Last one left got the pot. And I recall some sessions going four hours or more.


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST,Have you ever been to Wales
Date: 27 Feb 11 - 07:02 AM

The version my dad used to sing, and I do wish I could remember the rest because it is a different version again, started:

"Have you ever been to Wales
Where they drink Caergwrle ales"

So a North Wales variant :-)

Lizzie


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: janemick
Date: 27 Feb 11 - 07:32 AM

Saw the list posted by Fliss:

*Green grow the rushes o
Ten green bottles
Quartermasters store
One man went to mow
She ll be coming round the mountain
On top of old Smokey
Underneath the spreading chestnut tree
Found a peanut
John Browns Baby has a pimple on its tum*

we sang practically the same repertoire on the way to and from school in RAF garrys in Singapore in the late 1950s to early 60s


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST,Amy Barry
Date: 28 Oct 11 - 09:34 AM

'EVERYWHERE WE GO'

THIS IS A REPAET AFTER 'ME' ONE. IT GOES
EVERYWHERE WE GO PEOPLE WANA KNOW WHOOO WE AREE
WHERE WE COME FRROM
SOO WE TELL THEM WHERE FROM (WHERE EVER YOUR FROM)
MIGHTY MIGHTY (WHERE EVER)
AND IF YOU CAN NOT HEAR US WE SHOUT A LITTLE LOUDER..

THEN GO THROUGH IT AGAIN


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Bert
Date: 28 Oct 11 - 10:41 AM

Lizzie.

That is a version of Cosher Bailey

We used to sing it with a very fake Welsh accent

There's a little pub in Wales
Where they sell all sorts of ales
If you want a drink on Sunday
You will have to wait 'till Monday

Did you ever saw
Did you ever saw
Did you ever saw
Such a funny thing before

Plenty more verses under Cosher Bailey in the DT


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: GUEST,MiketheWildPony
Date: 22 Apr 12 - 11:57 AM

The "Back of the Bus song" the junior high football guys would sing:

Cheers, Cheers for -?-JHS (replace the "?" with the letter of your junior high school)
You shake the cocktails, we'll do the rest
Send a freshman out for gin
Don't let a sober soul burst in

We never stagger, we never fall
We sober up on wood alcohol
When we die we'll be pickled in rye
For the glory of -?- Junior High!(again just replace the "?" with the letter of your junior high school)


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Ged Fox
Date: 22 Apr 12 - 02:53 PM

Daisy Daisy the coppers are after you
If they catch you they'll give you a bump or two
They'll tie you up with wi-er
Behind a Black Maria
So ding your bell and peddle like 'Ell
On a bicycle made for two


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Ukulele Lizzie
Date: 05 May 13 - 08:30 AM

Hi Bert - apologies for the very delayed reply about:

"Have you ever been to Wales
Where they drink Caergwrle ales"

Thank you for the info re "Cosher Bailey" on Mudcat:
Cosher Bailey's Engine

Yes - that is the song - or rather a North Wales version of it as the place names were different in thre version my father used to sing.

I remember this verse was the same,

"Cosher Bailey's sister Hanna
Well, she played the grand pianna
She went hammer, hammer, hammer,
Till the neighbours said, "Goddamn her!"

Although Caergwrle is a small village now it was once very well known as a spa and famous for its ales, so the reference in the North Wales version makes sense.

I found this reference:

http://www.redandwhitekop.com/forum/index.php?topic=304444.0

(I could not find the site it was copied from)

In 1902 the owner of Rhyddyn Hall, Lieutenant Roe Brown had the waters there analysed. He saw their potential. In 1907 he sold the hall and the wells there to a syndicate who developed them into a successful tourist attraction - Caergwrle Spa.Caergwrle Spa became a popular resort with people from Manchester and Liverpool at the beginning of the twentieth century. However, like many other Welsh watering places, nothing is left of the spa, except one very solid, but boarded up, red brick building.

In its heyday the now defunct spa at Rhyddyn Hall produced 14,000 bottles of saline fizz every day.

The wells were first referred to in 1740 by Dr. Short of Sheffield and in 1760 it was noted that the clear spring water possessed the ability to cure 'scarbetic disorders and leprosy'.

An account by a young girl from Liverpool "Every Wednesday and Sunday in about 1911/13 the railway company ran one shilling (old money, of course) day trips to 'Caergwrle Castle and Wales' and the trains from Seacombe were absolutely packed with Liverpudlians.

Outside Caergwrle station would be three or four women from Liverpool with shawls over their heads and baskets full of fruit etc. They shouted to the trippers thus:-

'Apples a pound pears – nice ripe nanas for the children – Kig-girlie rock a penny a bar, two bars for three ha'pence' all in the famous Liverpool accent!

The men would go straight into the 'Bridge' by the station (then the railway ticket gave them the right to drink on Sundays) and the women and children went up the Castle Hill , Hope Mountain or into the Spa where you could drink the health-giving waters, walk along the river bank or even listen to the Band. (I have postcards to prove what a pretty place this was). My family lived in Waterloo, near Liverpool and we went on Sundays, usually in September, straight up to Plas-yn-Bwl Woods collecting baskets of lovely blackberries, then down to a grocer's shop in the village where Mrs. Edwards supplied us with ham and eggs and lashings of tea before catching the last train to Seacombe, then boat to Liverpool and train from Exchange Station to Waterloo". How idyllic it sounded.

Special excursion trains would run on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. At busy weekends, seven or eight trains a day would bring hundreds of people. In 1914 passenger numbers were estimated to be 1500 on May Day bank holiday and 2 - 3000 on 20th June.Other visitors came by bicycle or charabanc and later by motor car, motor bike and bus."

The village over the river Alyn is Hope and, as they say in these parts,
"Live in Hope . . . and die in Caergwrle"! :-)

Best wishes,
Lizzie


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Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
From: Ron Davies
Date: 06 May 13 - 08:03 PM

What a great thread!

It's amazing how vividly you can recall these songs.

I definitely recall doing "99 Bottles of Beer " of blessed memory.   Pretty sure we went through all the numbers at least once--and at varying dynamic levels, I think.    Being our bus driver might not have been considered a plum position.

I also remember our version of "Hot Time in the Old Town"

Old Mother Leary put the lantern in the shed
The cow kicked it over and she winked her eye and said
"There'll be a hot time in the old town tonight"

And I think we used to vary the dynamics in the song while repeating it--ad nauseam. In other words we had a great time. The bus driver may not have.

There was even a political song, which I don't think many of us would necessarily endorse now--a parody:

Whistle while you work
Stevenson's a jerk
Eisenhower's got the power
Whistle while you work.

But in fact Eisenhower did have the power--the election of 1956 was not close.


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