Bus Songs

In the realm of fundy music there are grand old hymns, and sacred choruses, and gospel songs. Then, there are also songs like this…

Munchie Crunchy

(repeat the words after every line)
Potato Chip, Potato Chip
Munchie Crunchie
I love Jesus
A bunchie bunchie
Verse I
I went down to the river
And I took a little walk
I met up with the devil
And I had a little talk
I threw him in the river
And I hung him on a line
You can beat the Devil
Any ole time
Repeat Chorus
Verse II
I once knew a woman
And she walked liked this (Bent over act like your holding a cane)
But when she met Jesus
She was walking like this (Hands the air high stepping)
Repeat Chorus

And yes, this is a song from busministry.info, a fundamentalist bus ministry resource site.

The next time a fundy tells you that he won’t listen to contemporary music because it’s just too big on feel-good and too light on doctrine, I recommend that you laugh loudly and then walk away.

Update: I also found video!

186 thoughts on “Bus Songs”

    1. You can blame me for finding the song lyrics on busministry.info. I came across it while looking for another song and thought it was so absolutely absurd that I just HAD to email Darrell with it.

      The video is on him. I had no part in that one… at all. πŸ˜‰

        1. Hey, now… that silly video is on you, PAL, don’t try flinging that booger on me! πŸ˜‰

        2. Wait… WWWAAAAIIIITTTT…. where’s Tony Mel and his children’s choir. I think this should go on the Greatest Hits album.

        3. Natalie, there’s a booger on your bangs. Oh nevermind, it’s the booger of a song you e-mailed to Darrell to punish the rest of us with!

        4. BTW, whenever I’m picking on my Mom, I call her Mother… or her first name.

          When she’s picking on me, I get my complete name pronounced.

          We have the same sense of humor.

  1. “The next time a fundy tells you that he won’t listen to contemporary music because it’s just too big on feel-good and too light on doctrine, I recommend that you laugh loudly and then walk away.”

    Totally agree. I never heard the potato chip song until a couple of years ago, but my young life in fundyville was full of similar childish tripe. Fundys would rather keep their kids entertained and out of their hair than actually try to teach them doctrine. That would be too Lutheran.

        1. As I was a walking down Paradise Street
          Way aye blow the man down
          A handsome young street preacher I chanced to meet.
          Give me some time to blow the man down!

          He gave me a tract and he yelled me a verse,
          Way aye blow the man down
          That said since I drank I would sure be accursed
          Give me some time to blow the man down!

          I fell on my knees and I prayed me a prayer
          Way aye blow the man down
          Now I sail the seas with assurance down there
          Give me some time to blow the man down!

        2. Well, I needed to rhyme with “prayer” and every knows we have the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart. Where? Down in my heart.

        3. Believe it or not, I had a little single of the song “Blow the Man Down” for my kiddie record player when I was about five.

  2. Looking at YouTube, apparently there’s lots of “verses” to that song! Where’s the “vomit” emoticon when you need it?

    I could be mistaken, but I believe we can thank the scholars at Neighborhood Bible Time for popularizing that song.

    1. Is Neighborhood Bible Time the same people that did that ridiculous song, “We are booster, Bible time boosters?” If it is them, I hated it every time they came to church and made us sing that STUPID song with the motions.

  3. “You can beat the Devil
    Any ole time”

    Is not the proper spelling “Any ol’ time” ??? Or does the English language give us a choice?

    Such deep questions, I know.

    1. Good question so I looked it up.

      “Generally the rule for eliminating a letter is that you replace the eliminated letter with an apostrophe. That’s what we do when when we push words like “are” and “not” together. We eliminate the “o,” replace it with a “‘” and end up with “aren’t.” You do the same with “Ol'” even though you aren’t using two words.

      Having said that, we often have style choices. Rules aren’t always clad with grammar armour. You’ve heard me talk about this on other posts. So, again–in the interest of emphasizing a country accent–you just might choose “ole.” I doubt anyone would fault you for it, at least no one but those who are hung up on the idea that grammar is not a thing of beauty and flexbility but a thing designed to make people crazy.”

      From http://thefrugaleditor.blogspot.com/2009/09/grammar-question-ol-or-ole-gray-mare.html

      1. Thanks for enlightening me JSmith! If I hear you correctly, you are saying language is art so don’t suppress it. Did I get that right?

  4. Among other stupid bus songs (We didn’t always sing about Jesus on our bus, I know, bad form) were “Gac Goon Went the little green Frog one day” “Fried Ham Fried Ham” and “If all the Raindrops were lemon drops and gum drops” I can think of a bunch more, but I really would rather not.

        1. Not to quibble, but I didn’t say anything about “standing before God.” I said “stand before Jesus”…completely different thing.

        2. “And I certainly hope that the preschool teachers at church know they will stand before God for teaching my children the β€œB-I-B-L-E” and β€œThe Lord’s Army”.”

          Not to quibble, but THIS is what I was thinking of. See below where I credit you for a genuine attempt at sarcasm.

        3. I would ask how you are trying to split hairs on “standing before Jesus” and “standing before God”, but I really don’t wanna know. It takes a lot of chutzpah for someone to use the lame (and almost always false) claim that they are so right that to disagree with “me” will put your eternal soul in jeopardy. You might wanna walk that back a little…

      1. We had fun on our bus. What is your problem? I wasn’t saying anything other than some of the songs we sang were rather silly (and do get stuck in your head) The ones who didn’t like us to have fun seemed to be the “leadership”. Why do you feel the need to come here and then be a jerk? I am just curious.

        1. I wasn’t trying to be a jerk. I was trying to be satirical and light-hearted, just like the overall tone of this site. I apologize that my sarcasm didn’t come through in what I wrote.

        2. It’s also worth mentioning that in this case, I think Jonny’s trying to be legitimately sarcastic. Problem is, that’s not the schtick he’s known for around here.

        3. The problem was that the sarcasm did come through. Why make a snarky sarcastic comment on what I said. I said that not all our silly songs were about Jesus and you (sarcastically) said how dare we have fun on our bus routes. I am not really sure what you were trying to say, but I did catch the sarcasm. I just don’t understand your motivation. Maybe it would help if I knew where you were coming from with it. Maybe I misunderstood what you were trying to say. I felt as though you were poking at what I said for some reason.

        4. There’s a difference between snark and sarcasm. This wasn’t snark. Just sayin.

          Jonny, you can’t fault people for missing your intent based on what they’ve come to expect from you.

    1. Our church didn’t have a big bus ministry, but we did pick up a few kids on the church van, and singing silly songs was preferable to letting them discuss things unsupervised. After hearing 3rd and 4th graders discussing oral sex, you gladly sing another verse of “Arky, Arky!” πŸ˜•

    2. “Gac Goon Went the Little Green Frog one Day” is a classic! I learned it in Girl Scouts, and taught it to my daughter, who taught it to her sons, and we all love it! (Especially the part about the pup.) :mrgreen:

  5. Yeah, now those memories are all surfacing again. I probably still have the “song” list in a file at home. We never sang this one, but we sure had our own interesting “hits”. 😳

  6. A brother who went to HAC brought this and other songs back to our church with him on summer break (He worked the bus ministry out there). I had almost forgotten about it.

    1. I learned this song when I was doing time umm I mean attending HAC. I thought it was ridiculous then but maybe not as bad as “Baby Shark”. Then their is always the lady busworkers bus songs we sang on the way to Chicago on Saturday. Wow twitching just thinking about it.

  7. Anyone concerned about the parts about talking to the devil, throwing him in the river, and “hanging him out to dry/ hanging him on the line” and telling kids they can beat the devil any old time?

        1. My Sexy Pants, my Sugar Cube, my Other Half, my Partner-in-Crime, my Best Friend, my Lover, my Eye Candy…

          i.e. my husband

          HF is short for Hot Fuzz. He’s a cop.. and a VERY hot one at that. πŸ˜‰

        2. ex-fundy youth pastor,

          I probably worded the question wrong, but aren’t those lyrics contradictory to warnings to beware of the devil because he walks about like a roaring lion seeking who he may devour? I did not mean

          Oh and HF is Natelie’s husband, He’s a police officer so she calls him her Hot Fuzz or HF for short.

  8. I actually confronted the bus minister about that song. I didn’t hear it sung again.

    When I started going to a church that uses CCM I was astonished at how much deeper most of the CCM songs are than even some of the hymns (and more doctrinally accurate).

    1. I agree! I’ve been so blessed to sing Praise & Worship. So often it comes directly from Scripture; it’s passionate and direct. I will no longer ever passively allow someone to criticize CCM for its shallowness without speaking up to challenge that statement – and that’s a big step for me, because I usually try to get along with folks, but I’m so tired of that criticism because it’s so false (and so hypocritical!) People don’t have to like CCM, but they need to be truthful with themselves about why they dislike it. By dismissing it as “shallow”, they are dismissing all those who enjoy it as shallow as well, which to me is a very unloving thing to do.

        1. Hi IAHB! That’s great! Wow, everyone joined hands huh? That is very exciting. Our PCA church does not. It wouldn’t bother me, but it would bother my hubby too.

          Think you’ll go back? πŸ™‚

  9. HF and I have had the C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N song stuck in our heads for the last few days and JUST when one of us almost forgets it, the other starts singing it.

        1. And I have C-H-R-I-S-T in my H-E-A-R-T and I will L-I-V-E live for H-I-M.

        2. No, it’s “And I will L-I-V-E E-T-E-R-N-A-L-L-Y!!” followed by “I am a C” which takes you to the beginning of the song so you can sing it again even faster and faster until only you are left, dazzling the kids with your ability to spell incredibly fast. lol

        3. OMFG, I had forgotten all about that song, but reading it, it instantly flowed back…thanks…Grr!! πŸ™‚

        4. We used to do a contest at camp to see who could sing “I am a C” the most times in one breath. Pretty sure the record was like 8 or 9 times.

        5. There was a girl in our fundy school named Christine, so we would always sing “I am a C-H-R-I-S-T-I-N-E! She hated it. It was fun.

        6. And, do NOT make me get out my Stop sign poster thing for the “Stop, And Let Me Tell You” song.

          I’LL DO IT… SO HELP ME!!!!

    1. Well, now my day is ruined. I shall have that song stuck in my head well, probably indefinitely. Which is really annoying because I’m a Unitarian now.

        1. Irrelevant now since now the song in my head is “I am a “C” I am a “C-H” … Thanks to Natalie. (Some days my head is just one big echo chamber.)

  10. While I am no longer fundy, I have fond memories of that song and I miss working in the bus ministry. Posts like this make me miss it even more. Thanks, Darrell. Jerk. 😎

  11. So what I’m gathering from all of these comments is that any song we want to teach our children had better be full of doctrine or else it is subject to ridicule. Throw entertainment out the window. Damn that preschool teacher for teaching my son “Little Bunny Foo-foo” and “Five Little Monkeys”. And I certainly hope that the preschool teachers at church know they will stand before God for teaching my children the “B-I-B-L-E” and “The Lord’s Army”.

    1. Jonathan,

      Come on-look at the lyrics of the song. The point was the inconsistency of calling CCM shallow then teaching your kids this or most Patch the Pirate songs(yea I went there.) The songs gives the impression you can tlk to the devil and beat him up. You don’t think that does not contradict the Bible to beware of the Devil. How do you know you can’t teach little kids at least some song with doctrinal content? Are yo usure it’s impossible?

      1. I never said that “you can’t teach little kids at least some song with doctrinal content”. Not sure why you are trying to read things that aren’t in what I wrote.

        1. Ok fair enoung you did not say that. I derived it from your sarcasm in the post you made. You still miss the point of the post.

        2. “You still miss the point of the post.”

          This is a recurring theme in the drivel Jonny pumps out around here.

        3. @Mark Thomas, we really should do something about the drivel that Jonny pumps out. Although, a quick scan of the comments fails to yield any interaction from anyone named Jonny. Did I miss something?

    2. One more thing Jonathan. The Westboro Baptist Church teaches their children hateful songs. If you look you will be able to see a 3 or 4 year old singing “God hates the worls and all the people…” If a kid can learn that they can probaby learn some songs more complicated than the Lords Army and The B-I-B-L-E.

    3. And if just one person were to read this comment, see the error of his ways, and teach his kids more stupid songs with errant theology… it was all worth it.

      You really know how to pick the hills worth dying on, Jonny-boy.

      1. @Mark Thomas: And we can always count on you to be there to continue the interaction. I pick the hills and you pick the fight and Darrell rakes in the page impressions. You make a great sidekick.

        1. Isn’t it fun? :mrgreen:

          Hey, I actually defended your pretentious ass back up the page a bit. Admittedly, I misread it at first too. Still, you can’t say things like your OP and then expect people to get your sarcasm when you genuinely mean it. Consistency’s a big deal in a forum that lacks the benefit of audible and facial queues. (That, and smileys. Thank you, Poe’s Law.)

        2. Marky Mark – If you ever get tired of battling Jonithen, just let me know. I will go a few rounds. :mrgreen:

        3. I dunno, ol’ Jaynothin was kinda boring today. Almost seemed like he was grasping at straws to poke the nest with.

  12. I’ve got to admit, while my parents were willing to sing choruses with us like “Rolled Away”, they would not have allowed songs like the one above (not being in HAC circles, I’d never heard that gem!) for being silly about serious things.

    “And if the devil doesn’t like it, he can sit on a tack” was considered to trivialize evil. “Oh, you can’t get to heaven on roller skates” treated heaven in too trite a manner.

  13. Does the part of this song where they say “Old man used to talk like this, and after he met Jesus he talks like this” mean that screaming Baptists preachers have never met Jesus?

  14. Early in the morning
    When I’m fast asleep
    I hear a little birdy
    That goes cheep cheep.

    And this little birdy
    Has a funny name

    Aiga flaiga fleega flaiga,
    ishga nishga naiga naiga
    aiga flaiga fleega flaiga

    Gonna get some bird seed,
    For my windowsill.
    Just to keep him quiet,
    Just to keep him still.

    And this little birdy
    Has a funny name

    Aiga flaiga fleega flaiga,
    ishga nishga naiga naiga
    aiga flaiga fleega flaiga


    ( Just so you all know we progressively killed that birdie on the window sill>)

    And then there was the Baby Shark song that we weren’t allowed to sing anymore on the bus because it had a “rock beat”
    HAHA! No joke!

    1. HA HA! Rock beat! Is that how the common workers get rid of a song the are too embarrassed to sing? Just point out a beat in it and claim it’s a rock beat?

      1. Well..the problem was all the kids started dancing so the bus captain had to then have a night bus sermon on the evils of african drum beats and why dancing on a bus is from hell. ( I wish I could make this stuff up.)
        Oh..and that birdie song primed the kids on how to speak in tongues.. :mrgreen:

        1. When I first started out on the bus route there was a song called “Father Abraham” and it didn’t make too much sense, but the chorus required movement of arms, legs, etc. They banned it because they said it made the kids “dance”. (They were wiggling their arms and legs and spinning around)

        2. Ah, Father Abraham! We were the only kids in our church not allowed to sing it (because you could dance to it – and the bus kids did dance to it, too!).

          In the church I’m in now, you can count on somebody to ask for it every single week in Children’s Church and you can count on the leaders to say no every single week. Sometimes I wonder if a leader ever said “ok”, would the kids even know the words and motions or do they just ask for it out of habit?

    2. IAHB you had to go and post the birdie song……I think I would rather eat paint than re-live riding those buses. the Scream “preaching”, crazy songs that made zero sense and praising the bus captain because he’s so great.

        1. I’d always do this one with the kids (usually after the regular songs, story time, missionary story, and craft and the pastor STILL hadn’t finished preaching upstairs!)

          It’s hard to have any breath or energy for anything after a rendition of “Father Abraham.”

      1. Tounges? Is that a relative of lounges? “Now appearing at the Starlight, Shoes and the Flaming Tounges. Featuring their hit songs: “Justin Beiber is the devil” and “I’ve got your number, baby”. Happy hour from 5:00 to 5:15.

  15. I have to give my parents credit, they pulled us out of the junior church program when they found out we were singing songs like these and the ones PW mentioned because they felt it was trivializing church for young kids and that it wasn’t taken seriously. So instead, we went to “big people’s church” and sang “I’ve got a mansion” πŸ˜†

    1. @Kaje – Wow! I thought I was the only one who hated that song(I’ve Got a Mansion). I abhor the line “I want a gold one that’s silver-lined…”


      Funny post, btw.

    2. I actually had this song stuck in my head for the rest of the day after this post. And yes, I HATED “mansion over the hilltop” but mostly I hated “I’ll fly away”…mostly because the music director had no musical sensibilities whatsoever, and he actually looked like he was going to fly away. I felt like the musical part of my brain I had worked so hard to cultivate melted a bit every time I attended a church service there.

    3. Haha, my siblings and I created a whole “theology” based on that song, we figured out what earns you what kind of building material and how big a room, etc. Fun times, I can’t sing the song with a straight face anymore.

    4. A very serious fundy man at our church refused to sing that song (and if he was leading singing during a song request night, don’t bother requesting it, because he wouldn’t lead it).

  16. Q – Why did the wino drink bird wine?

    A – Cheap, Cheap!

    Has nothing to do with the topic, remembered it because of the above remarks and just had to share. 😈

  17. Do you have actual proof that he is involved in an affair or that he is abusing children? It sounds to me like you are just trying to fit in and making wild accusations so the anti-fundy crowd will accept you. But, no, you would never do that, would you?

    1. Good thing you’re here to call him out! What a place the world would be if you weren’t standing in the gap against those anti-fundies!

    2. Okay, but you said that he was either having an extramarital affair or he is raping teenage boys. Suddenly, you have “evidence” that he sent text messages to one of his “victims”. Sorry, I’m not buying it. You really don’t have to put up such a big front to impress people here.

      And just to keep with my quasi-fundy persona…”Liars will be fryers”.

  18. Ther’s other verses that were not in the video that I had heard.

    Peanutbutter, Peanutbutter,

    Creamy, Creamy,

    I think the Devil is a meanie, meanie,

    I once knew a woman,
    when she walked she got stuck,
    then she met Jesus
    and got a tumy tuck

  19. This is hilarious, because some societies at bob jones use a *slightly* modified version of this song as a cheer at sports games. I never would have imagined using it as a “spiritual” song. nice!

    1. Ah! Now I know where I learned the song. I didn’t grow up in a fundy church (just a fundy family) and I couldn’t remember why I knew these lyrics. You’re right, though, the “spiritual” elements of the song were removed when used as a cheer at BJU.

  20. I vaguely remember the song about writing the devil’s name on the bottom of your shoes, so whenever you walk you are stomping on the devil. Anyone else remember the words?

    1. There was one that went like this:

      Write a message to the devil on the bottom of your shoe
      Tell him you rebuke him and he’s a liar too
      You’ve finished list’nin’ to him, God’s word you will do
      And be sure to write this message on the bottom of your shoe (shoe, shoe, shoe)

      I don’t know it this was the one you were thinking of but it is pretty bad!

  21. We sang:
    The devil is a sly old fox.
    If I could catch him.
    I’d put him in a box.

    Not very theologically correct since we are told to resist the devil.

    I didn’t recognize the one about “blowing the man down” as a uniquely Christian song. Maybe the author was way ahead of his time.

    1. …I’d lock him up
      and throw away the key
      for all those tricks he’s pulled on me
      Glad I got salvation
      Glad I got salvation
      Glad I got salvation
      I going to serve the Lord

    2. @Sister Marie, someone mentioned that we needed some Christian sea shanties so I attempted to write one based on the old sea song.

  22. “Oh you can’t get to heaven
    in a mini skirt.
    Oh you can’t get to heaven
    in a mini skirt.
    Oh you can’t get to heaven in a mini skirt
    Cuz the Lord don’t allow no flirty flirts.
    All my sins are washed away I’ve been redeemed”

        1. Well, that’s what originally went with the mini skirt. “These boots were made for walkin’, and that’s just what they’ll do.”

        2. “One of these days these boots are going to walk all over you”

          OK. Please? :mrgreen:

  23. Anyone sing this one?

    I wish I had a little white box
    to put my Jesus in,
    I’d take him out and kiss kiss kiss (kissing sound effects)
    and put him back again.

    I wish I had a little black box
    to keep the devil in.
    I’d take him out and smack smack smack (Children smack their hands)
    and put him back again.

    It’s theologically solid.

    1. I remember that one. Even when I was five, that song didn’t make sense to me. Why would you want to put Jesus back in the box, and why would you not get burn the box the devil was in?

  24. I’ve been redeemed
    By the blood of the Lamb (repeat)
    I’ve been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb
    Filled with the Glory Spirit I am
    All my sins are washed away I’ve been redeemed.

    And that’s not all
    There’s more besides(repeat)
    And That’s not all there’s more besides
    I’ve been to the river and I’ve been baptized
    All my Sins are washed away I’ve been redeemed…


    I remember once we were at Scout Camp doing a non-denominational service and someone suggested we do “Father Abraham’. My son made the mistake of asking “Who’s Father Abraham?” only to receive a very dirty look from his Jewish friend…. πŸ˜€

  25. I only scanned the comments, so if someone else brought this up, my apologies.

    Forget theological depth. Forget accuracy. Heck, forget grammar.

    What about the poor bus driver that has to deal with the distraction of people constantly popping up and down in their seats and walking the aisles? For that matter, wouldn’t such activity be illegal (let alone unwise) in some areas?

  26. On a lighter note regarding children’s songs:

    My HS principal was the sole bus driver for our senior trip (a fairly fundy school, of which he was one of the exceptions). We hit a blizzard during the trip that greatly lengthened (in time) and shortened (in distance) one leg. Between the length and the weather conditions, it was a very exhausting drive for him. Many hours into the drive, he started singing to himself β€” rather boisterously and largely children’s choruses β€” mostly to stay alert.

    One of the songs he sang was β€œI’ve Got the Joy”. One of the verses includes:

    And if the devil doesn’t like it
    He can sit on a tack
    And if the devil doesn’t like it
    He can sit on a tack
    And if the devil doesn’t like it
    He can sit on a tack

    With each β€œouch”, my principal jumped about 2 feet out of his seat (I think he even repeated that verse a couple of times). Not that he was ever a stuffy man, but it still seemed a bit incongruous to see your principal bouncing in his seat and singing loudly. Though it was a lot funnier than incongruous. πŸ˜›

  27. I learned the baby shark song from a BJU roommate but it was different from the one on that site. Nothing about God or Jesus, it just ended with “pieces floatin.” I taught it to my kids at GARBC camp and the camp director said I had to stop. He didn’t like the kids singing it to their parents when they came to pick the kids up.

    1. That is a great song. Oddly enough, I learned it in my GARB church and sang it to my roommates at BJ. Notice a pattern here?

      My kids sing it proudly.

  28. One they sang at a bus ministry BJU extension was “When you’re up you’re up and when you’re down you’re down, but when you’re only half way up you’re neither up nor down.”

    I took my not-yet husband to that extension once when he was visiting me. He couldn’t figure out what that song meant but in his mind he could only think of one thing.

  29. Did anyone else sing… “Rock and roll, rock and roll, let me tell you how I like my rock and roll. My feet are on the rock, my name is on the roll, and that’s the only way I like my rock and roll.” πŸ˜•

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