"Magic Bus" as written by and Peter Townshend....
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)

(No)

I don't care how much I pay (too much, Magic Bus)
I want to 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
Magic bus, Magic Bus, Magic Bus
Magic bus, Magic Bus, Magic Bus
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
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)


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"Magic Bus" as written by Peter Townshend

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  • +1
    General CommentPete hates this song, mainly because people are always asking him to play it. So I was cracking up when The Who were on the Simpsons and Homer was like, 'Play magic Bus!!!'
    whofreak777on November 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentPeople, i know it may seem like it is about drugs, why does every song always have to be Drugs? I like the romantic interpretation of this song much better, and thats what i think about when i listen to it. A guy lives far from his girl, and takes a bus to go see her. One day, he gets sick of taking a bus, and decides to buy the bus. He argues with the driver, then finally gets it. The 'dust' is whats kicked up as he drives towards his girl. Now, isn't that more fun to think about when you hear this song?
    mrguy753on May 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdid you ever imagine that you had a magic car that could sweep you to place to place in the the air? well thats what i think this is a magic bus that could take you anywhere in the world. however the singer want only to be taken to his girl...maybe he can't drive yet. but he's hoping when the bus comes to take him she is waiting for him.
    observer01on July 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a guy -- maybe a teen too young to have a driver's license -- who gives an ordinary bus a sense of enchantment because it takes him to his sweetheart's town, and he fantasizes about buying the bus and driving it to his sweetheart's without relying on drivers and schedules and all that happy crappy
    CuteSparkinaon April 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhatever it was originally about love or drugs, I believe Pete's intention certainly was to make people see both.
    If you're on drugs and they are too expensive, it fits this way for you. If you're in love and the one you love lives far, it's perfect like this for you too.
    Personally, I always listen to it using the second option, as it describes exactely how I feel.

    The live versions are all really amazing, with harmonica and some extra lines. Most times, Pete ends up surrendering and saying a price, "one hundred English pounds". I'm not from England, but isn't it extremely cheap for a bus (especially a magic one)?
    Tiger Kingon May 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAs a kid i thought it was definitely about riding a bus. Now I'm sure its about riding the magic drug bus
    dalekon December 02, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti thought it was about sex. cuz he will drive his baby every way. and knowing the who's past. (a quick one, uncle ernie, squeeze box, etc)
    b0mbtracon November 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI have never been one to blindly say that any songs were about drugs, but I am sure this one is. I was working with people who use Meth a few years ago who were describing their 'Amped up' feelings when they were out, they called it Jonesing and they sounded just like Roger Daltry going 'I want it I want it I want it' To me that is clearly someone Jonesing... Also... every day I get on a magic bus!?.. gonna ride that bus every minute each day!? to me that is clearly the description of some kind of upper. Bonus Comment; My Generation has a similar beat with another 'speed' effect. When someone on an upper stutters is sounds just like Roger saying ge ge ge generation. I'm thinking those boys are very familiar with that phenomenon.
    LeeRudyardon January 24, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMagic Bus! ONE of he greatest pshycadellic songs of alllllllll time.
    Mr_Mojo_risingon September 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentGreat romantic tune as well...
    OpinionHeadon April 20, 2004   Link

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