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The Bus is the name of my first band. We picked the name because it was simple, easy to remember and could be interpreted in numerous ways. This song is about the end of that band, hinting at a melancholy for days gone by, but also showing a hope for the future. When one thing ends, it doesn't necessarily mean the end of all things. Even when a life chapter closes, those times stay with us and story continues to play out in the days to come.

The song is also about a fifty-six hour bus trip I took with J Ratcliff, the drummer from The Bus. We traveled across the America from Toronto to Tucson. With that long a trip, many people got on and off the bus at various stages, providing a unique glimpse at a fascinating cast of characters. We all have our journeys.

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Pieces of the bus
keep traveling through my memory.
Pieces that were us,
our territory.
Flying, the scenery was flying
and the wheels kept a rolling on down the open road.

Friends, kin, strangers, too:
A jumbalaya story.
Each one passing through
so transitory.
Flying, the scenery was flying
and the wheels kept a rolling on down the open road.

I knew that when we got there we’d be going,
accelerator to the floor.
I knew we could not stop the mileage growing
and that none would ever be the same as they were before.

Greetings and goodbyes;
Perpetual illusion.
Slow to realize
there’s no conclusion.
Flying, the scenery was flying
and the wheels kept a rolling on down the open road.

Passing days and passing years, they drift right by you.
Shifting trends and shifting gears…
Traffic woes; it’s stops and goes preoccupy you:
Rocking highs, down and out lows.
But when you come to look upon your last full moon,
just remember all the verses that you added to the tune.

Pieces of the trip
keep flashing past my window.
Work-in-progress script,
there’s more to follow.
Flying, the scenery was flying
and the wheels kept a rolling on down the open road.

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from Pieces Of The Trip, released October 11, 2014

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Neil MacNaughton Oakville, Ontario

Known for his energetic acoustic performances, Neil MacNaughton draws audiences in with his thoughtful songs and warm personality. As a singer songwriter, Neil loves the freedom to explore various styles. From the old-time bluesy feel of his latest single, Trouble, to country-tinged, I Saw Marty, to the Jethro Tull-like, Wide Open Spaces, Neil's songs go beyond simple roots rock. Just listen! ... more

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