You’re sleepy. It’s late. There’s no safe place to pull over yet, so you’ve GOT to stay awake. What can you do? Sing!! Here are some no-talent-required car songs to keep your mind alert a few extra miles…
‘A My Name Is Alice’ ~
This classic car song-game will keep you singing and thinking, as you go along. Each verse has five things to fill in, so you have to think fast and insert the items before you pause too long and spoil the rhythm of the song. The basic lyric goes like this: ‘___ my name is _____. I’m gonna marry _______. We’ll live in ________, and we’ll (make/raise) _________.’
The first verse uses all ‘A’ words. For example: A my name is Alice. I’m gonna marry Alan. We’ll live in Akron, and we’ll raise artichokes.
The next verse would be all ‘B’ words… B my name is Betty. I’m gonna marry Benny. We’ll live in Birmingham, and we’ll raise butterflies.
Keep going as long as you can, substituting each letter of the alphabet in turn. If you’re not alone in the car, challenge other passengers to see who can get through the most letters without getting stumped.
State Songs ~
Go through the states one by one, either alphabetically or coast to coast, whichever helps you name them all with out missing any. For each state, sing a song that has that state’s name in it. For instance, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, ‘I Wish They All Could Be California Girls’, or ‘Meet Me In Montana’. If you have passengers, challenge them to see who can name the most songs AND who can sing the most lyrics of each song.
99 Bottles ~
Truly the mother of all car songs, the ’99 Bottles’ are now full of politically correct beverages, but the song lives on. If you manage to get through all 99 verses, decide you need a snack with that beverage, and start in on ’99 boxes of _____ on the wall…’
The Suitcase Song
Fill up your imaginary suitcase, as you sing this song:
I’m going on a journey,
and I won’t be back till spring.
It’s time to pack my suitcase.
I’ll take the following things…
On the first verse, follow up by naming one thing the starts with the letter ‘A’. For the second verse, sing the whole song again, including the ‘A’ item, and then add a ‘B’ item. Keep going, repeating the song with the previous items, and adding a new one each time, until you get confused and can’t remember the items tat came before. If you have companions in the car, take turns singing, and see you can get the farthest into the alphabet.
Have a safe trip!
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