Chumbawamba - Waiting For The Bus Lyrics




My name is Gary Tyler, Louisiana-born
Shadow of the poplar tree on fields all ripe with corn
Sixteen years I counted on the rising of the sun
I'm just waiting for the bus to take me home
Of all the Disunited States divided black and white
Louisiana taught me how to think and how to fight
Sixty of us kids aboard the number 91
I'm just waiting for the bus to take me home

Bus was barely moving we were set upon and stopped
Watched 200 white boys throwing bottles, cans and rocks
Trapped and scared together there was nowhere we could run
I'm just waiting for the bus to take me home
Boy outside the bus, an automatic in his hand
We heard a single shot and then we all just hit the ground
I never pulled a trigger and I never held a gun
I'm just waiting for the bus to take me home

White boy lay there bleeding cops they searched the bus
Never found a thing to say that it was one of us
Took us down the station they were beating us for fun
I'm just waiting for the bus to take me home
Gun produced from nowhere pinned the crime on me
A lynchmob for a jury meant they'd never set me free
Thirty years in prison for a crime I haven't done
I'm just waiting for the bus to take me home

Waiting here the world has turned a thousand times or more
Stranded like the man who never knew they'd stopped the war
Waiting for the pardon but the pardon never comes
I'm just waiting for the bus to take me home.





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  1. hadar aviram

    Gary just spoke to my class. What a special person he is - not an ounce of bitterness, just tirelessly working for social justice.

  2. Josh Dot

    what is this genre?

  3. bliss

    free at last!!!!!!!4-30-16

  4. Meme Winnek

    Is Gary Tyler still in jail?

    TheSpiceOfLife

    +TheTheChristopherson Put it this way: the lyric in this song is "30 years in prison for a crime I haven't done". Amend it to "40 years in prison for a crime I haven't done." He'll never get out. The American justice system is too busy throwing more black people into jail to even think for one second about freeing anyone. Fucking evil.

    Siri the Psychopomp

    +TheSpiceOfLife He just go out!!! After serving his sentence TWICE over for a crime he didn't commit. I'm here singing this and crying

    TheSpiceOfLife

    @Demon Duchess Wow, unbelievable. Best of wishes to him.  His story is truly one of human resilience in the face of racist injustice.

  5. Sparta2310

    My God is this lad still in jail!!! I remember listening to UB40s song "Tyler" about the same injustice back in 1980

    AKcamo

    @Sparta2310 Atrocious it is! Damned Louisiana wont do whats right, because of foolish pride; not willing to admit they did wrong and robbed an innocent man of his youth.

    AKcamo

    Signed a couple years back and have shared on social media.  I just wish more people would actually give a damn and not be so caught up in all the latest fads and media hype.

    Sam Pagano

    Just got out yesterday.

  6. photomusicus

    love this song!!

  7. Jethro Q

    @roxmarox ALL black students were sent away early, because of fights between balcks and whites. And even then, it's nothing more than circumstansial evidence.

  8. spaceman979

    @roxmarox so what ??????

  9. Martina Vignola

    Free Gary Tyler

    -for an italian girl-

  10. gasp 33

    moving song