The Wheels on the Bus

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"The Wheels on the Bus" is an American folk song dating no later than 1939 written by Verna Hills.

It is a popular children's song in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and Canada, and is often sung by children on bus trips to keep themselves amused.

It has a very repetitive rhythm, making the song easy for a large number of people to sing, in a manner similar to the song "99 Bottles of Beer".

It is based on fellow traditional British song "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush". The song is also sometimes sung to the tune of "Buffalo Gals", as in the version done by Raffi.

 

"The Wheels on the Bus" Lyrics


[Move your hands and arms round and round in a circle.]

The wheels on the bus go round and round.
Round and round. Round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round.Round and round.

[Open your hands on "open" and clap them together on "shut."]

The door on the bus goes open and shut.
Open and shut. Open and shut.
The door on the bus goes open and shut. Open and shut.

[Mimic the motion of windshield wipers with your hands and arms.]

The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish. 
Swish swish swish. Swish swish swish.
The wipers on the bus go swish swish swish. Swish swish swish.

[Pretend to honk the horn on the steering wheel of a bus.]

The horn on the bus goes beep beep beep. 
Beep beep beep. Beep beep beep.
The horn on the bus goes beep beep beep. Beep beep beep.

[If you are standing, stretch up and then squat down...if you are sitting, point up and then point down.]

The people on the bus go up and down. 
Up and down. Up and down.
The people on the bus go up and down. Up and down.

[Place your hands next to your eyes and pretend to cry.]

The babies on the bus go wah wah wah. 
Wah wah wah. Wah wah wah.
The babies on the bus go wah wah wah. Wah wah wah.

[Place your finger in front of your mouth as you make the shhh sounds.]

The mommies on the bus go, "Shhh shhh shhh." 
"Shhh shhh shhh. Shhh shhh shhh."
The daddies on the bus go, "Shhh shhh shhh. Shhh shhh shhh."

"The Wheels on the Bus" Chords


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The wheels on the bus go round and round
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Round and round, round and round
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The wheels on the bus go round and round
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All around the town

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The wipers on the bus go swish swish swish
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Round and round, round and round
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The wheels on the bus go round and round
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All around the town

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The driver on the bus goes "Move on back!"
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Round and round, round and round
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The wheels on the bus go round and round
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All around the town

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The people on the bus go up and down
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Round and round, round and round
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The wheels on the bus go round and round
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All around the town

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The horn on the bus goes beep beep beep
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Round and round, round and round
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The wheels on the bus go round and round
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All around the town

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The baby on the bus goes "Wah wah wah!"
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Round and round, round and round
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The wheels on the bus go round and round
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All around the town

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The parents on the bus go "Sh sh sh"
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Round and round, round and round
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The wheels on the bus go round and round
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All around the town

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The wheels on the bus go round and round
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Round and round, round and round
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The wheels on the bus go round and round
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All around the town

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