Cartoon Tuesday: Sesame Street and Bus Stops

Before I sign out for the holidays, I wanted to give you some homework to help me out.  One thing that Sammy responds to when we’re trying to get him to sleep is singing.  Being a good Streetsblogger, I’m trying to give him as many songs about transit or biking as possible.  I haven’t found a song yet that celebrates dense urban development.

So here’s the assignment, in the comments section leave some of the songs I should be singing, or suggestions on a mainstream song that with a small change could be both baby and clean transportation appropriate.  For example, the above Sesame Street song about bus stops is great; but so would be a small suggestion that I change the words to a popular Phish song to "the tires are the things on your bike that make contact with the road."

  • DJB

    I’ve got it, The Jeffersons theme song :)

    “Well we’re movin’ on up
    To the east side
    To a de-luxe apartment in the sky-y-y
    Mo-ovin’ on up
    To the east side
    We finally got a piece of the pie . . .”

  • This is too easy:

    You got the mother and her kids,
    You got the guy and his date.
    We all get mad,
    We all get late.
    Looks like somebody forgot about us,
    Standing on the corner waiting for a bus.

    Say, “hey mr. driverman…don’t be slow,
    ’cause i got somewhere i gotta go.”
    Say, “hey mr. driverman…drive that thing fast,
    My precious time keeps slippin’ past.

    Let’s call the mayor,
    Let’s complain.
    It look’s like the city’s done it to us again.
    Tied up in traffic – what do ya’ know?
    The damn city bus moves so slow.

    I sang this to my kid, and she liked it.

  • Tony

    Also from Sesame Street, a song about the subway. Pretty much its the New York City MTA Subway.

  • Ooh, how fun! Bicycle Race by Queen? Or Double Dutch Bus by Frankie Smith? Both are also pretty dance-able. Which I’m sure your little one will love. :)

  • Irene Wilde

    I can’t believe no one’s offered this, but the Petula Clark tribute to urban living, “Downtown” —

    “When you’re alone and life is making you lonely
    You can always go – downtown
    When you’ve got worries, all the noise and the hurry
    Seems to help, I know – downtown
    Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
    Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
    How can you lose?

    The lights are much brighter there
    You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares
    So go downtown, things’ll be great when you’re
    Downtown – no finer place, for sure
    Downtown – everything’s waiting for you”

  • Spokker

    Is there a fear that the kids will rebel and become the biggest car-freaks in the world?

  • FixHighways

    Sesame Street should do a song that says “Light Rail Trains will kill you kids, so put em, Underground!” or they should do a sidewalk song where they teach kids how to look both ways before crossing a street.

  • othercities

    I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve been compiling a public transportation song list for quite some time, for a mix tape I haven’t yet gotten around to making. Not sure how many of these are baby appropriate, but they’re all good songs worth checking out. Also, Rosemary, I’m adding Bicycle Race & Double Dutch Bus to the list immediately!

    *greyhound bus – moldy peaches
    *train from kansas city – shangri-las
    *bus rider blues – blind boy fuller
    *take the a train — duke ellington/ella fitzgerald
    *kiss me on the bus — the replacements
    *down in the tube station at midnight — the jam
    *the metro – berlin
    *bus stop — the hollies
    *does this bus stop at 82nd street? – bruce springstein
    *magic bus – the who
    *don’t sleep in the subway — petula clark
    *waiting for the bus – violent femmes
    *subway train – new york dolls
    *down in the subway – soft cell
    *subway – jesus and mary chain

  • *Just like this train – Joni Mitchell
    *Magic Bus – The Who
    *Omnibus – The Move
    *Party Train – The Gap Band


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