The Lonesome Sisters


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From Deep Water CD: The Lonesome Sisters

by Sarah Hawker ASCAP
Inspired by "Honey Bee" (Memphis Minnie, Jessie Mae Hempill') and
"I'm a King Bee" (Muddy Waters, Slim Harpo)

Oh Baby, be my honey bee
Light upon my branches
Make all your honey for me

Little bee oh I been watching
You sail on through my sky
And I can hear you buzzing
Every time you sail on by

Little moth it seeks the fire
The dew it slakes the vine
Honey bee you’re my desire
And oh if you was mine


This song is one I wrote, but it comes from a tradition of African America songs about the romantic inclinations of honey bees. Versions include "Honey Bee," a Memphis Minnie song that I first learned listening to the late, great Jessie Mae Hemphill, which she learned from her aunt Sidney Lee. You can hear the male bee perspective from Muddy Waters or Slim Harpo, in "King Bee."


©Sarah Hawker 2012

The Lonesome Sisters Lyrics
Sarah Hawker & Debra Clifford