Rapping school bus driver serves up rhymes for the ride
March 26, 2010 · Updated 9:52 AM
Putting his own spin on the school district’s yearly bus emergency drill, bus driver Chuck Smith surprised his bus riders this winter with an unusual safety spiel.
Students boarding the bus did a double take as Smith, dressed in a gold chain and sideways-twisted cap, rapped out the drill, hip-hop style.
Most students dread the drill due to its monotonous tone, said Smith, who was inspired to make it more upbeat when a friend of his sent him a link to a YouTube video of a Southwest Airlines steward.
That video shows the steward shaking things up by rapping the safety information before the flight took off.
Smith conjured up his own rap. Lyrics from his educational session follow:
It’s time once again for those emergency drills
So listen up, kids, I’m gonna do it with thrills
The number one thing is that you don’t want to freak
You want to listen up carefully and you don’t want to speak
We got five; count ‘em, five ways to exit the bus
So leave your things on and leave without any fuss
We got two doors on the roof, we got two doors on the sides
We got the window in back and none that have slides
So the first step that you take will be a long way down
Just land on your feet and you will be on the ground
We need two kids at the door with your hands in the air
To help the little small boys and ladies so fair
Once you’ve left this bad bus, you need to move far away
About fifty feet should do and then there you should stay
Now, the ones in the front are gonna have some more time
Before the kids in the aisle will be out of their line
The brake needs to be pulled so the bus doesn’t move
Just give it a tug, it comes so gently and smooth
The radio’s on and the microphone’s here
Just push on the button and speak plain and clear
Tell them “route 8 is down” and tell them right where we are
And in no time at all, they will send the aid car
The extinguisher’s here if you should see some flame
The first aid kit is here if someone should be maimed
If your driver’s knocked out and he’s stuck in his seat
Your gonna need to get yourself moving and beat your little feet
The seat cutter’s right here, kept right by my side
Cut my belt from my body and drag me outside
That’s pretty much it, that’s all you need to know
Let’s pretend we just wrecked, now get up and GO!