Traffic Light

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Information About Traffic Light

"Traffic Light" is a children's song which is not only fun to sing, but teaches children about the use and importance of traffic lights in our society, reinforcing that "red' means stop, and "green" means go.

The first traffic lights were in London, England, by a railroad engineer. They used colored semaphores turning the day (wooden arms on a pole) pointed at different angles, and gas lanterns in the dark. The red and green lanterns were at the top of the pole, and were operated by a policeman, who would have to change them to regulate the movement of the cars.

Although the experiment was considered a success, operating gas lanterns in public had some risk for causing fires, so the idea was put aside until electricity made lights without burning gas possible.

The first electric traffic light was installed by a policeman named Lester Wire. in 1912 in Salt Lake City. The first traffic light system was put into use in Cleveland, Ohio in 1914, by the American Traffic Signal Company. In addition to the red and green lights, it had a buzzer, that rang when the lights were about to change.

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Raj Dutta, India

13 July 2014 at 12:36pm

Very sweet & Important for mankind

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sukhvinder, India

27 October 2013 at 2:59pm

i want the picture of traffic lights to show my son

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Carla, Canada

14 March 2013 at 3:29pm

My son just sang this song for me, his version for the yellow goes as follows: Yellow means wait, even if your late

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Radhika, India

28 December 2012 at 5:52am

nice poem

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George, United States

5 November 2012 at 1:24am

A 3-year-old my wife and I babysat yesterday taught the song to me (she wanted me to sing it to her when she went to bed, but I didn't know it). She had "Red means stop, green means go, yellow in the middle means slow slow slow". But none of these versions really gets to the point of the yellow light. I suggest "Yellow in the distance means slow slow slow". The kids might not understand it exactly, but when they saw their parents slowing down for a distant yellow light, it would connect.

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Jasmine Akira Taylor, Cambodia

12 February 2012 at 1:49pm

I like this verse. It's cute and yet it's educational. Good ways for children to remember and learn the importance of traffic lights.

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Cindy, Hong Kong

26 January 2012 at 4:35am

I like the variation suggested by Karen from Corning, thank you!

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Stephanie, United States

11 March 2011 at 3:48pm

I had to do a music lesson plan for my class. This website is the best.. I did this topic & it really helped me. Whoever created this song :) thank you.

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Roha, Nsw

5 September 2010 at 4:35am

this has really helped me in my project

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Karen, Corning, Ny

3 May 2010 at 1:48am

Here's a variation of the same song that is just as cute Twinkle, Twinkle, Traffic Light 'Round the Corner Shining Bright, Red means STOP, and Green means GO! An' Yellow means go very SLOW! Twinkle, Twinkle, Traffic Light 'Round the Corner Shining Bright

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Wendy, Columbia, Mo

28 February 2010 at 5:48pm

My baby brother was singing this song at home- he got it from his daycare!

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Dhel, Phillipines

18 February 2010 at 2:17am

ah!wonderful song!very applicable..

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Jessica, Ky

9 December 2009 at 4:27pm

My kids love this song

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Emma, Lincoln

24 July 2009 at 1:12pm

my little girl told me of this song, as she had lent it at nursery.

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Lina, Jordan

31 March 2009 at 2:18pm

this is a good song

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This song has been printed from the BusSongs.com website.