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    Big Grin Bee Songs

    Song challenge

    Anyone have some good honey bee / beekeeping songs?


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    Varroa Mite Blues (R. Naylor)

    The varroa is a little red mite,
    comes from Asia they say,
    All the way round the world,
    and its livin in the USA,

    (chorus)
    Just lookin for a home,
    living on the comb.

    The first time I saw a varroa mite,
    it was sittin on some comb,
    Next time I saw her,
    she wasn't alone

    Well the beekeeper took a pesticide strip,
    and he put in the hive,
    The varroa said to the keeper,
    its a wonder I ain't died

    I used oils and powders and poisons,
    but the varroa are still strong,
    the bees got weak and sick,
    and almost all are gone,

    The varroa said to beekeeper,
    you better get me some more bees,
    a couple of 3 pound packages,
    is just the thing for me.

    Well the bees didn't build much comb,
    the bees didn't make much honey.
    and all year long all I did,
    was to spend a pile of money

    If anyone should ask you,
    who was it wrote this song,
    just an old bee keeper,
    and all of his bees are gone.

    Just lookin' for a home,
    Just lookin' for a home.


    (to the tune of "Boll Weevil Blues")

    Tune (MIDI)

    Copyleft © Robert K. Naylor 2008 all rights reversed
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    There are not very many songs about honey bees. Here are a few more:
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    Beeline Talkin' Blues by Metchosin

    Well gather round Cats and I'll tell you a story
    Bout how to pursue scientific glory
    Get you some bees and a diode or two
    A few tiny pins and some crazy glue
    Double sided poster tape, transmitters and all that jazz

    Well I got me some bees, matter fact quite a few
    Loaded em up and away they all flew
    Jumped in my van, I'm trackin' em down
    Radio signals on the far side of town
    Clover, fireweed, wildflowers and farmers fields.

    Well they buzzed to the east and they buzzed to west
    I followed one, just doin' my best
    Headed way out to a wheat field stand
    To keep her in range I pursued in the van
    Following blips, through fences, makin' crop circles.

    Just then she headed back on to to the road
    I bumped back out, just listen to her go!
    I followed her in hot pusuit
    She was zippin' along, she knew her route
    Headin' for greener pastures, makin' a bee line.

    Then I turned north just as she turned south
    The result of which there was no doubt
    Up on the corner of my window screen
    A few metal pieces all red and green
    Squished bug, cashed in her IC chips, some form of road kill.

    I stopped the van and started to grievin'
    A cop pulled up said "Man you were weavin'"
    He asked me to step out of the car
    Said "drivin' like that you won't get far"
    Impaired, without due care and attention, DUI.

    He arrested me and he put me in jail
    Went before the judge to tell my tale
    The judge said son "I believe your story,
    You were just pursuin' scientific glory!"
    Go publish a paper, where bees go, maybe get yourself a Nobel Prize

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    THE BEE SONG by Arthur Askey

    Oh, what a wonderful thing to be,
    A healthy grown up busy busy bee;
    Whiling away all the passing hours
    Pinching all the pollen from the cauliflowers.
    I'd like to be a busy little bee,
    Being as busy as a bee can be.
    Flying around the garden brightest ever seen,
    Taking back the honey to the dear old queen.

    (Chorus): Bz bz bz bz, honey bee, honey bee,
    Bz if you like but don't sting me,
    Bz bz bz bz, honey bee, honey bee,
    Buzz if you like, but don't sting me!

    Oh, what a wonderful thing to be,
    A healthy grown up busy busy bee.
    Toying with the tulips, tasting every type,
    Building up the honey-comb that looks like tripe.
    I'd like to be a busy little bee,
    Being just as busy as a bee can be,
    Flying all around in the wild hedgerows,
    Stinging all the cows upon the parson's nose!

    Oh, what a wonderful thing to be,
    A healthy grown up busy busy bee,
    Visiting the picnics quite a little tease,
    Raising little lumps on the maiden's knees.
    I'd like to be a busy little bee
    Being with the butterfly strong upon the wing.
    Whooppee! O death, where is thy sting?

    (Chorus): Bz bz bz bz, honey bee, honey bee,
    Bz if you like but don't sting me,
    Bz bz bz bz, honey bee, honey bee,
    Buzz if you like, but don't sting me!

    Oh, what a wonderful thing to be,
    A nice obedient busy busy bee,
    To be a good bee one must contrive,
    For bees in a beehive must behive.
    But maybe I wouldn't be a bee,
    Bees are allright when alive you see,
    But when bees die you really should see 'em
    Pinned on a card in a dirty museum.

    Bz bz bz bz, honey bee, honey bee,
    Bz if you like but don't sting me,
    Bz bz bz bz, honey bee, honey bee,
    Bz if you like but if you sting me I'll wack ye
    With this dirty great newspaper!

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    I'm a King Bee by Slim Harpo

    Well I'm a king bee
    Buzzing around your hive
    Well I'm a king bee, baby
    Buzzing around your hive
    Yeah I can make honey baby
    Let me come inside

    Well I'm a king bee
    Want you to be my queen
    Well I'm a king bee, baby
    Want you to be my queen
    Together we can make honey
    The world has never seen

    Well, buzz a while...
    Sting you bad...

    Well I'm a king bee
    Can buzz all night long
    Well I'm a king bee, baby
    Can buzz all night long
    Yeah I can buzz better baby
    When your man is gone
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    Last weekend I attended the Southeast Organic Beekeeping Conference in West Palm Beach. Saturday night Sam Comfort of Anarchy Apiaries sang Varroa Mite Blues and the crowd went wild!

    Here's one:

    Bee Song


    Bees, Bees, Bees, Bees
    Buzzin' in bushes, buzzin' in trees
    Buzzin' around, wherever they please
    There's nothing so sweet,
    There's nothing so sweet,
    There's nothing so sweet as a honey bee.
    Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz



    ...JP

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    Well, no one put it to music that I know of, but it would make a nice song and he called it a song:

    Song of the Queen Bee
    by E.B White
    Published in New Yorker Magazine 1945

    "The breeding of the bee," says a United States Department of Agriculture bulletin on artificial insemination, has always been handicapped by the fact that the queen mates in the air with whatever drone she encounters."

    When the air is wine and the wind is free
    and the morning sits on the lovely lea
    and sunlight ripples on every tree
    Then love-in-air is the thing for me
    Iím a bee,
    Iím a ravishing, rollicking, young queen bee,
    That's me.
    I wish to state that I think itís great,
    Oh, itís simply rare in the upper air,
    Itís the place to pair
    With a bee.

    Let old geneticists plot and plan,
    Theyíre stuffy people, to a man;
    Let gossips whisper behind their fan.
    (Oh, she does?
    Buzz, buzz, buzz!)
    My nuptial flight is sheer delight;
    Iím a giddy girl who likes to swirl,
    To fly and soar
    And fly some more,
    Iím a bee.
    And I wish to state that Iíll always mate
    With whatever drone I encounter.

    Thereís a kind of a wild and glad elation
    In the natural way of insemination;
    Who thinks that love is a handicap
    Is a fuddydud and a common sap,
    For I am a queen and I am a bee,
    Iím devil-may-care and Iím fancy-free,
    The test tube doesn't appeal to me,
    Not me,
    Iím a bee.
    And Iím here to state that Iíll always mate
    With whatever drone I encounter.

    Mares and cows, by calculating,
    Improve themselves with loveless mating,
    Let groundlings breed in the modern fashion,
    Iíll stick to the air and the grand old passion;
    I may be small and Iím just a bee
    But I wonít have science improving me,
    Not me,
    Iím a bee.
    On a day thatís fair with a wind thatís free,
    Any old drone is a lad for me.

    Iíve no flair for love moderne,
    Itís far too studied, far too stern,
    Iím just a beeóIím wild, Iím free,
    Thatís me.
    I canít afford to be too choosy;
    In every queen thereís a touch of floozy,
    And itís simply rare
    In the upper air
    And I wish to state
    That Iíll always mate
    With whatever drone I encounter.

    Man is a fool for the latest movement,
    He broods and broods on race improvement;
    What boots it to improve a bee
    If it means the end of ecstasy?
    (He ought to be there
    On a day thatís fair,
    Oh, itís simply rare.
    For a bee.)

    Manís so wise he is growing foolish,
    Some of his schemes are downright ghoulish;
    He owns a bomb thatíll end creation
    And he wants to change the sex relation,
    He thinks that love is a handicap,
    Heís a fuddydud, heís a simple sap;
    Man is a meddler, manís a boob,
    He looks for love in the depths of a tube,
    His restless mind is forever ranging,
    He thinks heís advancing as long as heís changing,
    He cracks the atom, he racks his skull,
    Man is meddlesome, man is dull,
    Man is busy instead of idle,
    Man is alarmingly suicidal,
    Me, I am a bee.

    I am a bee and I simply love it,
    I am a bee and Iím darn glad of it,
    I am a bee, I know about love:
    You go upstairs, you go above,
    You do not pause to dine or sup,
    The sky wonít waitóitís a long trip up;
    You rise, you soar, you take the blue,
    Itís you and me, kid, me and you,
    Itís everything, itís the nearest drone,
    Itís never a thing that you find alone.
    Iím a bee,
    Iím free.

    If any old farmer can keep and hive me,
    Then any old drone may catch and wife me;
    Iím sorry for creatures who cannot pair
    On a gorgeous day in the upper air,
    Iím sorry for cows that have to boast
    Of affairs theyíve had by parcel post,
    Iím sorry for a man with his plots and guile,
    His test-tube manner, his test-tube smile;
    Iíll multiply and Iíll increase
    As I always haveóby mere caprice;
    For I am a queen and I am a bee,
    Iím devil-may-care and Iím fancy-free,
    Love-in-air is the thing for me,
    Oh, itís simply rare
    In the beautiful air,
    And I wish to state
    That Iíll always mate
    With whatever drone I encounter.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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    Cant post all the words but I'm alwys humming Whinny The Poo's "I'm just a little black rain cloud" when I'm pulling supers!

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    Little Queenie
    Chuck Berry

    I got lumps in my throat
    When I saw her comin down the aisle
    I got the wiggles in my knees
    When she looked at me and sweetly smiled

    Well there she is again
    Standin over by the record machine
    Well she looks like a model
    On the cover of a magazine
    But she's too cute
    To be a minute over seventeen

    Meanwhile I was thinkin'

    Well if she's in the mood
    No need to break it
    I got the chance and I oughta take it
    If she can dance we can make it
    C'mon queenie let's shake it

    I said go, go, go, little queenie
    I said go, go, go, little queenie
    I said go, go, go, little queenie

    Won't someone tell me
    Who's the queen standin over by the record machine
    Well she looks like a model
    On the cover of a magazine
    But she's too cute
    To be a minute over seventeen

    I said go, go, go, little queenie
    I said go, go, go, little queenie
    I said go, go, go, little queenie

    Meanwhile, I was still thinkin, hmmmm,
    Well if it's a slow one, We'll omit it
    If it's a rocker, then we'll git it
    If it's a good one, she'll admit it
    C'mon queenie, let's get with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    Well, no one put it to music that I know of, but it would make a nice song and he called it a song:

    Song of the Queen Bee
    by E.B White
    Nice poem.
    Here is some music for it:
    http://www.archive.org/details/Song_..._Queen_Bee.ogg

    I only have dial-up so I did a tiny file.

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    This is just one verse and chorus from a traditional bluegrass tune about a bear.

    Took all my money and got me some bees
    Started making honey way up in the tree
    Cut the tree down but my honeys all gone
    Ol Slew Foot done made himself at home

    He's big around the middle and he's broad across the rump
    Runnin 90 miles an hour takin 30 feet a jump
    Ain't never been caught he ain't never been treed
    Some folks say he looks a lot like me

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuzzyBee View Post
    This is just one verse and chorus from a traditional bluegrass tune about a bear.


    Ain't never been caught he ain't never been treed
    Some folks say he looks a lot like me

    Do you have any more info on the artist or name of the tune?
    I like that last line.
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    Johnny Cash and June Carter sang it as a duet, and years earlier Johnny Horton made a hit single of 'Ole Slew Foot'. Don't know its origins, but you can search any number of internet lyric sites for the lyrics and origins for free.

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    Don't know who wrote it, but lots have recorded it. The name of the song is "Ole Slew Foot"

    Here's a nice version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KT5kU-Ff0s0

    If you prefer rock and roll, James McMurtry did an electric version, but you'll probably have to buy the album to hear it.

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    Then there is the theme song from Ulees Gold, 'Tupelo Honey', sung by Cassandra Wilson.

    "He's as sweet as tupelo honey, just like the honey from the tree'..................

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    Tupelo Honey, written and originally sung by Van Morrison (van the man)

    Then there is the great "Sweet Honey in the Rock"

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    And for something completely different...

    Check out Monty Python's "Eric, the Half a Bee". Probably not the place to post the lyrics here.

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    http://www.lyricsvideobox.com/2009/1...ey-lyrics.html



    Gone for so long now
    I gotta get back to her some how
    To American Honey

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    An oldie...but still fun, Arthur Askey "The Busy Bee"

    "Honeybee Fly Around Song" love the video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8syk8fwwypk

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    How about several?

    http://www.vimeo.com/10159341

    Sam Comfort at the 3rd Organic Beekeeping Conference in Oracle, AZ.

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    Here's the famous Bee Dance for those who have not had the pleasure. Not exactly a song...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m5vt07W2n4
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    The bumble bee the bumble he
    flew away from the tulip tree
    he made a mistake and flew in the lake
    and now he won t be home for tea.

    A friend started singing this to me since I got bees. Don't know where it came from.

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