Take the National Express when your life's in a mess
It'll make you smile
All human life is here
From the feeble old dear to the screaming child
From the student who knows that to have one of those
Would be suicide
To the family man
Manhandling the pram with paternal pride
And everybody sings, "Ba-ba-ba-da"
We're going where the air is free

On the National Express there's a jolly hostess
Selling crisps and tea
She'll provide you with drinks and theatrical winks
For a sky-high fee
Mini-skirts were in style when she danced down the aisle
Back in '63 (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
But it's hard to get by when your arse is the size
Of a small country
And everybody sings, "Ba-ba-ba-da"
We're going where the air is free
Tomorrow belongs to me

When you're sad and feeling blue
With nothing better to do
Don't just sit there feeling stressed
Take a trip on the National Express
On the National Express, let's go

Lyrics submitted by JON

National Express Lyrics as written by Neil Hannon

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    General Comment

    This Song is Brilliant comical Catchy and Jolly

    Chaddon July 27, 2002   Link
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    General Comment

    Spot on ^ I love this song, it's so funny. The "ba ba ba da" bit is so cool... Hmm. I'll have to download/buy this.

    Mike_Spikeon March 20, 2003   Link
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    General Comment

    Definitely a funky song, has me dancing :D

    niennaon February 07, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    "But it's hard to get by when your arse is the size Of a small country"

    Great line :P Great song

    Mack the Spoonon February 23, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    This is one of my favorite "doing the dishes" songs EVER.

    TemporaryLifeon September 30, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretation

    Classic Neil Hannon piece about old-fashioned people watching.

    Kinitawowion October 17, 2010   Link
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    General Comment

    Definitely about the pleasures of people-watching. The "Tomorrow belongs to me" line also references the film/musical Cabaret, in which a song with that title is sung by a member of the Hitler Youth. Doesn't really link to the rest of 'National Express' explicitly, but it's an interesting reference nonetheless.

    PlunderingDesireon October 26, 2010   Link
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    General Comment

    Psh, at £20 a ticket I don't think I'll be going on the National Express to cheer myself up any time soon.

    I think the MegaBus has been giving the NE coaches a run for their money for a long time, in the 'how special are your fellow passengers going to be' contest...

    PrincessLyron May 07, 2012   Link
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    Check out the video. This most definitely NOT about busses, coaches or the National Express :D

    SexyMuthaFunkaon June 28, 2019   Link

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