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Honeysuckle Rose

        (Fats Waller and Andy Razaf)

Transcribed from Fats Waller and His Rhythm, vocals by Fats Waller; recorded 11/7/34;
From An Introduction to Fats Waller: His Best Recordings 1928 - 1942; Best of Jazz, 4006.
Photograph of Fats Waller by Michael Lipskin.

Every honeybee fills with jealousy,
When they see you out with me,
I don't blame them, goodness knows,
Honeysuckle rose!

When we're passin' by, flowers droop and sigh,
And I know the reason why,
You're much sweeter, goodness knows,
Honeysuckle rose!

Don't buy sugar, you just have to touch my cup,
You're my sugar; it's sweet when you stir it up!
When I'm takin' sips, from your tasty lips, the honey fairly drips,
You're confection, goodness knows,
Honeysuckle rose!

Oh, when I'm takin' sips from your tasty lips, the honey fairly drips,
Confection, goodness knows!
Talkin' 'bout honeysuckle rose!

[Spoken]
Yas, yas!


Honeysuckle Rose

Photograph of Louis Jordan.

    (Fats Waller and Andy Razaf)

Transcribed from Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five, vocal by Louis Jordan, recorded November 14, 1939.
From Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five, 1934-1940; The Chronogical Classics, 636.

Honey, honey,
Oh, honey, listen to my plea:

Every honeybee
Fills with jealousy,
When they see you out with me!
I don't blame them, goodness knows,
Oh, honey! suckle rose!

When you're passin' by,
Flowers droop and sigh
And I know the reason why,
You're my sweety, goodness knows,
Oh, honey! suckle rose!

I don't buy sugar,
You just have to touch my cup;
I don't need sugar,
It's sweet enough when you stir it up!
When I'm taking sips
From your dainty lips,
Seems the honey fairly drips,
You're confection, goodness knows,
Oh, honey! suckle rose.

Every honeybee
Fills with jealousy,
When they see you out with me!
I don't blame them, goodness knows,
Oh, honey! suckle rose!

When you're passin' by,
Flowers droop and sigh,
And I know the reason why,
You're my sweety, goodness knows,
Oh, honey ! suckle rose!

I don't buy sugar,
You just have to touch my cup;
I don't need sugar,
It's sweet -- stir it up!
When I'm taking sips
From your dainty lips,
Seems the honey fairly drips,
You're confection, goodness knows,
Oh, honey! suckle rose.


Honeysuckle Rose

Transcribed from vocals by Dave Wilborn with McKinney's Cotton Pickers, recorded Feb. 3, 1930;
From McKinney's Cotton Pickers, 1929-1930, The Chronological Classics, 625.

Photo of Don Redman

Every honeybee fills with jealousy
When they see you out with me,
I don't blame them, goodness knows,
Honeysuckle rose!

When you're passing by, flowers droop and sigh,
And I know the reason why:
You're much sweeter, goodness knows,
Honeysuckle rose!

Don't buy sugar,
You just touch my cup,
You're my sugar,
It's sweet when you stir it up!

When I'm taking sips from your dainty lips
Seems the honey fairly drips:
You're confection, goodness knows,
Honeysuckle rose!


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Published 8/14/99.
Updated 6/19/01.


Fats Waller Resources:


Cover of Maurice Waller's biography of his father, Fats Waller.Fats Waller, excellent autobiograhy by son Maurice Waller.

Cover of Thomas "Fats" Waller: The Great Solos, 1929-1941You can find transcriptions of what Fats Waller actually played in Thomas "Fats" Waller: The Great Solos, 1929-1941, transcribed by Paul Posnak.
 

Look for Fats Waller sheet music, at sheetmusicplus, below:




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