Melanie Martinez’s “Wheels on the Bus”

“Wheels on the Bus” is a somewhat-comedic look at a day spent on a school bus. The singer takes on the role of one of the students on this bus. And she basically details various things she witnesses while on her trip to or from school.

A significant part of her focus is on the world outside of the bus with her mind preoccupied with mundane tasks, such as counting cars and trees, to help pass time. However, what is far-more interesting is what is going on inside the bus. For instance a couple of students are sensually making out.  Moreover there are “two boys yelling” behind Melanie, which has her “terrified”. And there’s yet another dude, Jason, who has is “*** on the glass” – apparently an expression pointing to the idea of him mooning unsuspecting citizens. Also there is a spliff being passed around the bus, which was seemingly sparked by Martinez herself. And all of this is going on, of course, with an adult driver present. But he doesn’t particularly seem to give a damn as to what the kids are doing.

So in a way, you can say this song is a look at the secret life of students, i.e. the ways they behave when they are not under direct adult supervision. And whereas the actual age of these children is never specified, the insinuation is that they are at least teenagers.

Writing/Production Credits

The track’s producer, Michael Keenan, also co-wrote “Wheels on the Bus” along with Emily Warren and Martinez herself.

Release Date of “Wheels on the Bus”

Melanie and her management officially released this tune on 6 September 2019. It came out with the rest of the album it is featured on, Melanie Martinez’s “K-12”. The popular track “Nurse’s Office” is also present on “K-12”.

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