Nuns on the Bus

Nuns on the Bus

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Love the nuns on the bus!

The small all women’s catholic college I went to in Iowa was run by the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary - they were some of the most progressive, social justice oriented women I have ever met!

The first nuns on the bus was during the presidential election year 2012 and in some respects it seemed to be a response to the very conservative pope at that time who felt that the nuns were getting too vocal on social justice issues rather than focusing solely on the faith based church doctrine espoused by the Vatican. So instead of becoming more quiet they, under the leadership of Sister Simone Campbell, took their message on the road! Sister Simone spoke at the DNC!

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nuns on the bus

V1
from Iowa to DC
New York and Tennessee
they speak out for the poor
to end homelessness
and poverty

from shelters to food pantries
city streets and rallies
they speak out for immigrants
for equal human rights
and dignity

PC
in a spirited retort
to the pope
they would not
be quiet
no!
they would board
a bus fueled
by hope

C
nuns on the bus
nuns on the bus
nuns on the bus
making a big fuss

nuns on the bus
nuns on the bus
nuns on the bus
working to save us

yeah! there’s a
big fuss
for us
on this
sisters’ bus

V2
from two thousand twelve to presently
farm lands to shining seas
they speak out for our children
for education programs
and school safety

from their twenties to eighties
the sisters across all dioceses
they speak out for truth and justice
for anti-racist causes
and equity

PC2
in a spirited protest
for just laws
they would be
defiant
yes!
they would protest
with voices
for all

C
nuns on the bus
nuns on the bus
nuns on the bus
making a big fuss

nuns on the bus
nuns on the bus
nuns on the bus
working to save us

yeah! there’s a
big fuss
for us
on this
sisters’ bus

B
Sister Simone Campbell
with your religious sister friends
please keep riding across this country
with your mission, ahas, and amens
we need your social justice work
we need your help to mend our gaps
we need your faith and wisdom
we need your prayers and chants

C
nuns on the bus
nuns on the bus
nuns on the bus
making a big fuss

nuns on the bus
nuns on the bus
nuns on the bus
working to save us

yeah! there’s a
big fuss
for us
on this
sisters’ bus



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cindyrella's picture

I want to know these nuns! They sound amazing and something tells me they'd love this song. Sensational!

mike skliar's picture

excellent! great subject- I was vaguely aware of them from back in 2012, but had to google again when I saw sister simone at the dnc...

nice work!

Bright B's picture

This is so cool! I didn’t know about them. I can imagine this with a rocking chorus!