Schoolbus Dave!

Cover of Issue 1

Cover of Issue 1 – Sept. 1985

Schoolbus Dave may or may not be based on someone I knew in high school. The poor guy had been hit by a school bus when he was a kid and every time he smoked pot he got an acute headache, which he associated with “good pot”; the more pain, the better the pot.  A friend (who wishes to remain anonymous) wrote lyrics for “Schoolbus Dave Blues” around the time we graduated. A couple years later I recorded the song, adding a couple verses of my own. While I was at it, I wrote and recorded 3 other songs… I had the idea of making a comic book to go along with the songs.

It took me a couple months to finish the comic. I printed up a few dozen of them and put them in the popular Comics & Comix store in Palo Alto. Each comic came with a cassette tape of songs. I sold about a dozen of them before the rest were lost in a fire inside the store. So ended the Schoobus Dave endeavor.

SCHOOLBUS DAVE BLUES

STOP! STOP! I CRIED
TO TEN TONS OF YELLOW STEEL.
WHICH SMACKED MY HEAD
BEFORE THE BRAKES SQUEALED.

LETS GET HIGH MAN
MY HEAD IS THE SPLITZ.
DOES IT HURT YOU TOO
WHEN YOU TAKE BONG HITS?

IT HURTS RIGHT HERE
I CAN FEEL THIS PAIN WAVE.
I GUESS THAT IT’S CLEAR
WHY I’M SCHOOLBUS DAVE.

DRIVING IN A STOLEN CAR
THRU A RED LIGHT WITH NO BRAKES.
I FLEW OUT THE DOOR AT IMPACT
AND AGAIN MY HEAD SCRAPES.

LETS GET HIGH MAN
CUZ I AIN’T HAD ENOUGH.
DON’T BELIEVE ME?
JUST CALL MY BLUFF.

I’LL SMOKE THIS STUFF
TO MY DEATHBED.
GIVE ME ANOTHER HIT
UPSIDE OF MY HEAD.

ETC. ETC.