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When the Bees Make Honey

    (Joe Young, Walter Donaldson)

Transcribed from Lieut. Jim Europe's 369th U.S. Infantry ("Hell Fighters") Band, vocals by Noble Sissle, recorded March 14, 1919.
From James Reese Europe and the 369th US Infantry "Hell Fighters" Band, Featuring Noble Sissle, the Complete Pathe Recordings - 1919, IAJRC CD 1012, 1996.

A
I just feel like telling the world I'm happy and gay;
I just feel like telling them why I'm feeling that way!
This is just the time of the year when bees start to buzz,
And I've got a bee in my bonnet simply because:

B
When the bees make honey down in sunny Alabam,
That's when I said I'll be sending a telegram,
Down to that honeysuckle home, where the folks live all alone;
They're like a pair of honeybees in a honeycomb.

B
I'm gonna make a beeline straight for home, that's what I am;
And I've a plan to buzz around with a honey lamb,
Some Sunday afternoon,
If I don't get stung, there'll be a honeymoon,
When the bees make honey down in sunny, oh, you Alabam.

APhoto of Noble Sissle
I will be the busiest bee that you ever knew,
Sipping honey all through the day, that's just what I'll do.
When the bees are buzzing away near some rosemarie,
How I love to bumble around, just take it from me!

B
When the bees make honey down in sunny Alabam,
That's when I said I'd be sending a telegram,
Down to that honeysuckle home, where the folks live all alone;
Just like a pair of honeybees in a honeycomb.

B
I'm gonna make a beeline straight for home, that's what I am;
And I've a plan to buzz all around with a honey lamb,
And on some Sunday afternoon,
If I don't get stung, there'll be a honeymoon,
When the bees make honey down in sunny, oh, you Alabam.


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Published 1/30/99.


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