60s’ rock tune “Bus Stop” with The Hollies and Graham Gouldman

60s’ rock tune “Bus Stop” with The Hollies and Graham Gouldman

One of my favorite oldies is “Bus Stop” by the Brtish rock band The Hollies. The single was released on June 17, 1966. It reached #5 on the UK and #1 on the US charts. It was the first single by the band to reach #1 in the States. 

The Writer of “Bus Stop”: Graham Gouldman

Graham Gouldman who wrote "Bus Stop"

Graham Gouldman wrote “Bus Stop”. He is well-known as a member of the art-rock band 10cc. He first started off in two bands: The Whirlwinds and the Mockingbirds. The latter band was more well-known as they appeared on the BBC’s Top of the Pops as a warm-up band. Funny thing is that Gouldman recalled a time where he was on the show with The Yardbirds: “There was one strange moment when the Yardbirds appeared on the show doing ‘For Your Love’, which was a song that I’d written. Everyone clamored around them – and there I was just part of an anonymous group. I felt strange that night, hearing them play my song.”[1]

But Gouldman wasn’t only a bandmate, he was also a songwriter. He wrote for his band 10cc, but also Herman’s Hermits, The Yardbirds, and The Hollies. Today’s song, “Bus Stop”, was even written by him.

The Hollies’ “Bus Stop”

An interesting fact is that “Bus Stop” is listed as a pop-rock tune but also a raga rock tune. Musicians define raga rock as a type of rock genre that has Indian musical influences. A lot of people credit The Beatles as the first musicians to incorporate raga rock into their music. But actually, it was The Yardbirds that created the genre with the 1965 song “Heart Full of Soul”. With “Bus Stop”, you can hear the Indian musical influence throughout the song, especially during the bridge where the guitar sounds like a sitar. 

The Hollies who performed "Bus Stop"

Gouldman got the idea about the song’s lyrics when he came home via the bus one day. He credited his father, playwright Hyme Gouldman, as the author for the opening lines:

“I had the title and I came home one day and he (Hyme) said ‘I’ve started something on that Bus Stop idea you had, and I’m going to play it for you. He’d written Bus stop, wet day, she’s there, I say please share my umbrella and it’s like when you get a really great part of a lyric or, I also had this nice riff as well, and when you have such a great start to a song its kind of like the rest is easy. It’s like finding your way onto a road and when you get onto the right route, you just follow it.”[2]

The Lyrics of “Bus Stop”

Bus stop, wet day
She’s there, I say
Please share my umbrella

Bus stops, bus goes
She stays, love grows
Under my umbrella

All that summer we enjoyed it
Wind and rain and shine
That umbrella we employed it
By August she was mine

Every morning I would see her
Waiting at the stop
Sometimes she’d shop
And she would show me what she’d bought

Other people stared
As if we were both quite insane
Someday my name and hers
Are going to be the same

That’s the way the whole thing started
Silly but it’s true
Thinking of our sweet romance
Beginning in a Queue

Came the sun
The ice was melting
No more sheltering now
Nice to think that that umbrella
Led me to avow

Every morning I would see her
Waiting at the stop
Sometimes she’d shop
And she would show me what she’d bought

Other people stared
As if we were both quite insane
Someday my name and hers
Are going to be the same

Came the sun
The ice was melting
No more sheltering now
Nice to think that that umbrella
Led me to a vow

The Covers of “Bus Stop”

I have been listening to the original version since I was a kid because my mom is into 60s rock. But I found cover versions of “Bus Stop” about eleven years ago. It was when I discovered a version done by Japanese singer Mikiko Noda on the 1988 album Taiyou no Higashi, Tsuki no Nishi (East of the Sun, West of the Moon). Then I found out about other clovers, including these:

Herman’s Hermits’ version (1966)

Brazilian band Golden Boy with their version (1967)

Candies’ version (1974)

The 80s’ dance-pop version by Japanese pop Yoko Oginome (1988)

A really good English language cover by Jrock band PICASSO (2001)

American Country artist Sylvia’s version (2002)

Filipino artists Francis Magalona and Ely Buendia’s Cover (2010)

A hard rock version by Höffmänn (2018)


The Rules

If you want to participate, here are the rules:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

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60s' rock tune "Bus Stop" with The Hollies and Graham Gouldman

Sources:

[1] George Tremlett (1976). The 10cc Story. Futura.

[2] http://www.the10ccfanclub.com/htm/iwtsgg001.ht

This Post Has 24 Comments

  1. This has got to be the definitive post on Bus Stop. I love your write-up and all the different versions of this song that you found.

  2. Great post, thank you for reminding us that so much great music exists!

  3. Wow! So informative, you definitely put a lot of work into this. What a great song!

  4. Even though this era was before my time I grew up listening to music like this. Reminds me of simpler times

  5. amazing! this are really great songs. I love your compilation of the different versions of the song.

  6. This is the first time I hear this song. I like that it is quite upbeat and happy. It does sound a little bit like the Beatles tunes, so I get what you mean by the raga rock.

  7. Ha! So many songs called Bus Stop, I don’t know any of these. You just made me really think now, hahahaha… I’m sure I have a song there somewhere in my memory.

  8. I used to be a die-hard rock fan and that made me learn how to play the guitar and drum sets. Ha-ha. Anyway, listening to Bus Stop brings my memory back to that time.

  9. Hearing the Bus stop song and the covers for the first time ever. Gouldman is a really good songwriter. I personally didn’t get different vibes from the covers, they just seemed as an imitation to me though.

  10. Great music, compared to nowadays I could listen to these more. Shows how far music has come from them days.

    1. Whew! It’s hard to choose. Both are great artists. 🙂

  11. This is the first time I have heard this song! (but I’m a 90s baby and my parents only listened to country music lol) I didn’t realize there were so many versions!

    1. I have heard this song… isn’t it funny how you don’t know a song by name but you know it! I quite like the sound too. Love that 60’s sound.

  12. The version of the Hollies reminded me of when I was a little girl. I know I have heard this song several times, when my mom and dad would play these songs by the Hollies on the record player. Oh nostalgic times!

  13. This is great. I love how wholesome the lyrics are. Their image reminds me of the Monkees

  14. This is awesome! I have never heard of this band for obvious reasons (its before my time), but I know so many kinds of music and I am always in the mood to learn a new song or artist. Great lyrics!

  15. This reminds me of my father – he likes the Hollies’s Bus Stop. As for me, I’m a fan of Ely Buendia (and his band, the Eraserheads), I think their version is enjoyable.

  16. How cool is this. I do love a good bit of music. Especially like some of the older tracks too…they are classics x

  17. I actually love listening to rock. haha this is a great list. I’m going to share it with my dad

  18. Sounds interesting aisasami your post always explore me to check your music and I will check all of this 🙂

  19. This was such an interesting post. Who new there were so many versions of this song!?

  20. hmm not my taste in music, not to say these arent good covers. if i had to choose .. the one by Yoko

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