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Wheels on the Bus Lyrics

I'm just looking out the window and it's cold outside
There are two boys yelling behind me and I'm terrified
Counting trees as they pass me by
And I'm trying not to look across the aisle
'Cause Maya's letting Dan put his hand up her...


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    Nov 16th 2019 report

    I’m not 100% sure about this theory but I’ll still put it out there. I think it’s about being in a chaotic society. Crybaby is sitting there while everyone is being insane but she’s bored, which shows that in her world all that behavior was normal. She wants to be accepted but she doesn’t want to give in to the craziness. As a quiet kid, you notice almost everything that goes on around you. But all of the things that go on in the bus are things that happen in our society. This is why I believe she is trying to portray how quiet, shy people feel in our crazy world. Thanks for reading!


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    Feb 23rd 2020 report

    This songs talks about how Crybaby's classmates are acting inappropriately, but the bus driver doesn't do anything about it even though he can see them. This may also talk about how by-standers feel: They're too shy/nervous to speak up, and feel uncomfortable surrounded by people acting inappropriately. That, and partially how authorities won't always do something when something is going on and just ignore it instead.


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    Dec 22nd 2019 report

    I don’t know the full meaning of the song but I do know (not for sure), the driver is meant to be pedophile as he is watching maya and dan make out and be just generally ew. The driver also dosen’t care about smoking, drugs, bullying ect. This
    theory goes with the lines, “I know the driver sees it, I know he’s peeking. In the rear view mirror, he says nothing.”
    This probably makes no sense sooo-

  4. anonymous
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    May 31st 2021 report

    I reckon it's to do with anxiety. She's sitting their doing and saying nothing just observing her surroundings. She's full aware of everyone's behaviours. They are all chaotic.

  5. anonymous
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    Apr 24th 2021 report

    I personally think wheels on the bus is about how frightening it is for cry baby seeing all these things happen around her and that no one ever listens when she try to reach out for help, I think it shows how oblivious people are to bullying and that no one really cares. It shows they only care as long as you have good grades and nothing affects them personally.

  6. anonymous
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    Jun 30th 2020 report

    The literal theme is that the bus driver ignores what her classmates are doing. But I think it’s more about how so many people are doing bad things in the world, but the authority figures notice and don’t do anything.

  7. anonymous
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    Mar 22nd 2020 report

    This song is about the kids on her bus acting crazy, the bus driver sees it and chooses to ignore, it says in the song: “i know the drivers sees it, i know he’s peeking, in the rear view mirror he say nothing”

  8. anonymous
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    Nov 26th 2019 report

    This song is probably singing about being lonely on the school bus, the kid nobody talks to. Everyone else is crazy with their friends and she's all alone.

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