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I've recorded a few versions of this song. The first featured Dave Delaney as the bus driver and another friend of ours as the teacher. The next version was on the Mailbox demo, Real Life True Stories and it had Rian Gittman as the bus driver. Rian's thick New Yawk accent would later appear as Bob on "The Piano That Jack Filled". That demo also featured Evi and Gin Weintraub from Inhouse.


The yellow bus, the yellow bus
rolls down the street
Runs over the children's feet
and they cry to their moms.
The bus stop turns into a
hopping mass of screaming kids
Like a hundred squeaky pogo sticks
and they cry to their moms.
The hopping mass:

Angry moms in unison:

"What did I tell you?
Don't play in the road.
Just sit and wait for the bus,
it will be here soon.
Mixie the Pixie:

"Right now, you are just a kid.
One day you'll grow up really big."
Angry moms (still angry):

"What did I tell you?
NO! You don't listen to me.
One day you won't be so lucky,
One day you'll see."
Joe, the bus driver:

"Look, I got a job to do.
I take pride in my bus.
So, when I come around,
best not to make a fuss.
I said just wait on the curb.
Was that so tough to comprehend?
Now, we'll be late for school.
You're dead if I get a reprimand."
Ms. Feldman (Teacher of the Year, 2 years running)

"And after all of this mess,
the kids, they send them down to me.
What am I supposed to do
to keep them occupied until 3:00?
Is there a word that can
teach these kids about happiness.
I search my whole mind
and all I find is 'recess'."
Joe (2:58pm):

"I'm sick of driving this here bus.
I've just about had enough.
It took no big vision
to realize my mission.
Like a pilot from Japan,
I will help to save the land.
As long as I'm behind the wheel
my plan will come to see the real
yes, it will."
The yellow bus, the yellow bus is now possessed and puts the spoiled brats to rest at the bottom of a hill.


from Chameleon In A Kaleidoscope [25th Anniversary], released January 1, 1996
written by Adam Rabin
Vocals: Adam Rabin, Rachel Beck, David Delaney


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Where Prog Rock meets Geek Rock. Adam Rabin is a Vermont songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has also played with Elephants of Scotland, Mailbox, and musical improv troupe She Thicc. You can also hear Adam’s music on the podcasts: Improvised Weapons, Improv Overdrive, What The Hell Are You Watching, and Vermont Favorites. ... more

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