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FRANKIE: Gimme a "ho" if you got your funky bus fare

KIDS: Ho! Ho! Ho!

FRANKIE:
There's a double dutch bus coming down the street
Moving pretty fast so kinda shuffle your feet (shk-a-shk)
Get on the bus, pay your fare
Then tell the driver that you're going to a Double Dutch Affair
Fe Fi Fo Fum
Well I'll be darned, here it comes
The Double Dutch Bus is on the street
You'd better get off the curb, move your feet
Bus fare trans-pass
That's the way my money lasts
Ain't got no car to get around
When I go to work, I've gotta go downtown
Now I've missed my train, that's a darn shame
When I'm running late, no sleep's to blame
If you've got a wife, you know I'm right
You got a special man? Well, I can understand
Uptown, downtown everybody's getting down
Say uptown, say downtown
Well, I missed my bus I know I'm late
I gotta do something I know I hate
I'm gonna walk to work fifteen blocks
I already got a hole in my socks
Go ahead and laugh that's okay
'Cause what I really wanna say
I got bad feet my corns hurt
To top it off I'm late for work
Let me tell you what I say
When I'm dealin' wit a funky sidewalk
Let me show you how I walk
When I gotta do my funky walk
Let me tell you what I say
When I'm dealing wit a funky sidewalk
I say shhhhhhhhhhh-sugarrrrr
BOY: Hizzey, gizzirls! Y'izzall hizzave t' mizzove izzout the wizzay sizzo the gizzuys can plizzay bizzasketbizzal

GIRLS: Izzsay whizzat? Nizzo yizzou izzain't

BOY: Y'izzall bizzetter mizzove!

GIRLS: Izzsay whizzat? Willze illzain't millzovin'...

BOY: Shillzu-gillza! Milzza nilzza bilzzaby!

GIRLS: Willze illzare plizzayin' dizzouble dizzutch! Dizzouble dizzutch! Dizzouble dizzutch!
Willze illzare plizzayin' dizzouble dizzutch! Dizzouble dizzutch! Dizzouble dizzutch!

BOY: Millze gillzot sillzomebillzody plillzays dillzouble dillzzutch

GIRL: Whozzo?

BOY: My gizzirl!

GIRL: Brillzing her izzin!

BOY: Izzo kizzay!

GIRL: Izzall rizzight...

BOY: Izzo kizzay!
GIRL: Izzall rizzight! Nizzow wilzee wilzill sillzee.

FRANKIE:
Bip, bomp, bam, alakazam
But only if you're grooving with the Double Dutch Man
Put on your skates, don't forget your rope
'Cause I know I'm gonna see you at my Double Dutch Show
Rebecca, Lolita, Veshawn and Dawn
Every time you do the Double Dutch you really turn it on
Bilzarbra, Milzary, Bilzetty, Pilzam
Tilzommy, Tilzerrance, Bilzobby that's my man
Come on get on my Double Dutch Bus
(The Double Dutch Bus)

Let me hear you say do that
(Do that)
Let me hear you say do that again
(Do that again)
Let me hear you say do the do
(Do the do)
Let me hear you say do the do the do
(Do the do the do)
Do the do the do the do do do
(Do the do the do the do do do)

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About "Double Dutch Bus"

“Double Dutch Bus” is a groundbreaking funk/soul/hip-hop song inspired by three separate elements that were combined into a single track. It is a tribute to the girls in Frankie Smith’s Philadelphia neighborhood who could expertly jump over two ropes at once (Double Dutch). It tells the story of a man who missed the city bus and then has to walk fifteen blocks to work. And it introduces a pig-Latin-like patois used by children as a secret code that would later serve as inspiration for artists like UTFO, Another Bad Creation, Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z to include it in their raps. See the question “What is the story behind the ‘izzle’ speak included in this song?” below for more on this patois.

In 1981, after losing his job as a songwriter for the ‘hottest record label on the east coast’, Smith applied for a job with Philadelphia Transportation Company, envisioning himself as a singing bus driver, but after his initial interview, he never got a call back. While considering other jobs he was inspired by girls skipping rope outside of his window to write lyrics onto an overdue gas bill that would later become “Double Dutch Bus”.

When the song didn’t initially get airplay on local radio stations, Smith and his friend drove from city to city giving hundreds of copies of the vinyl single away at clubs, radio stations and college campuses. Soon after, WDAS FM in Philadelphia was receiving nonstop requests for the song. This began the song’s ascent to the top 40. The single sold over 2 million copies in less than two years.

“Double Dutch Bus” would be Smith’s only top 40 hit, peaking at #30 in 1981, earning him the label of one-hit wonder.

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