Song Lyric Sunday: Vehicles – ‘Magic Bus’

Jim’s theme this week offers a choice of vehicles: car/truck/bus. I’m going with my first thought – ‘Magic Bus’, written by Pete Townshend and performed here by The Who in their early-seventies pomp.

There seems to be some debate about whether this is a coded-reference song about drugs, or a charming ditty about the excitement of a teenager taking public transport to visit his girlfriend. I really couldn’t say, because on the one hand it was written and originally released in 1968 after all, and on the other hand now-Madame lived within walking distance…

Every day I get in the queue (Too much, Magic Bus)
To get on the bus that takes me to you (Too much, Magic Bus)
I’m so nervous, I just sit and smile (Too much, Magic Bus)
You house is only another mile (Too much, Magic Bus)

Thank you, driver, for getting me here (Too much, Magic Bus)
You’ll be an inspector, have no fear (Too much, Magic Bus)
I don’t want to cause no fuss (Too much, Magic Bus)
But can I buy your Magic Bus? (Too much, Magic Bus)

Nooooooooo!

I don’t care how much I pay (Too much, Magic Bus)
I wanna drive my bus to my baby each day (Too much, Magic Bus)

I want it, I want it, I want it, I want it … (You can’t have it!)
Thruppence and sixpence every day
Just to drive to my baby
Thruppence and sixpence each day
‘Cause I drive my baby every way

Magic Bus, Magic Bus, Magic Bus …

I said, now I’ve got my Magic Bus (Too much, Magic Bus)
I said, now I’ve got my Magic Bus (Too much, Magic Bus)
I drive my baby every way (Too much, Magic Bus)
Each time I go a different way (Too much, Magic Bus)

I want it, I want it, I want it, I want it …

Every day you’ll see the dust (Too much, Magic Bus)
As I drive my baby in my Magic Bus (Too much, Magic Bus)

Written by Pete Townshend

Song Lyric Sunday 6 October 2019

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