Bus Driver’s Prayer

Harrow be Thy Name
Harrow be Thy Name

Our Father who art in Hendon
Harrow be thy name
Thy Kingston come
Thy Wimbledon
In Erith as it is in Hendon
Give us this day our Berkhampstead
And forgive us our Westminsters
As we forgive those who Westminster against us

Deliver us from Ealing
Deliver us from Ealing

Lead us not into Temple Station
And deliver us from Ealing
For thine is the Kingston
The Purley and the Crawley
For Iver and Iver
Crouch End

Anon – This poem, based on The Lords Prayer, can be found in various forms and has been performed by Ian Drury.

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11 Comments

  1. I hadn’t seen this prayer before, but it is wonderful! When we lived in the UK we were in Kingswood – husband commuted into London for a year. Though we always used the train and the tube, the Bus Drivers’s Prayer would be appreciated by everyone who takes public transport!

    1. Hi Margie – I think in that part of England the train is the logical choice to commute into central London. Being up in Finchley and working in St John’s Wood I always found the Bicycle or the Bus the best options for my commute. Later, when my work moved to Paddington both Bus and Tube were options. Once my work moved to Southwark, the Tube was the only realistic option.

      The prayer itself seems to be one of those items that starts off as a joke amongst the drivers at a depot and then spreads throughout the old London Transport and beyond. Goodness knows who the original author was!

    1. Hi Debra – they’re all suburbs of London that were served by the old London Transport / London Country buses prior to 1970 when the two were separated as the first step towards bus deregulation in the UK.

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