"Honey Bee" as written by and Tom Petty....
Come on now, give me some sugar
Give me some sugar, little honey bee
Don't be afraid, not gonna hurt you
I wouldn't hurt my little honey bee

Don't say a word, 'bout what we're doin'
Don't say nothin' little honey bee
Don't tell your momma, don't tell your sister
Don't tell your boyfriend, little honey bee

She like to call me king bee
She like to buzz 'round my tree
I call her honey bee
I'm a man in a trance
I'm a boy in short pants
When I see my honey bee
And I've got something to say

Look here now, peace in the valley
Peace in the valley with my honey bee
Don't say a word, 'bout what we're doin'
Don't say nothin ' little honey bee

She give me her monkey hand
And a rambler sedan
I'm the king of Milwaukee
Her juju beads are so nice
She kissed my third cousin twice
I'm the king of Pomona
And I've got something to say


Lyrics submitted by oofus

"Honey Bee" as written by Tom Petty

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Honey Bee song meanings
Add your thoughts

10 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    General CommentBut the Rambler sedan is a car, and that makes me think she's older...
    lemur_librarianon September 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlthough I love this song, its always kinda given me this creepy vibe like hes talking about getting with someone young that he shouldnt be. None the less, it's a funny song. Any song that can use juju beads and still turn out good is alright in my book.
    Melissalev420on March 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree i always loved the song but it always reminded me of like a pedophile and he doesnt want the girl to tell anyone (Don't say a word, 'bout what we're doin') that he is molesting her (Don't tell your momma)
    tweek420on August 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with you both. it seems to be characterized by sexual deviance, although we have no way of really knowing. it could be that his "honeybee" was a super rich socialite, of age, but also taken, and he's saying, "keep it on the DL," because even though infidelity isn't as taboo as sexual deviance, it's still socially unacceptable. my question however is about the short pants. and juju beads. but honestly, i don't think we'll ever get to know. obviously this relationship wasn't allowed and so my opinion is, is that he took advantage to bring parts of their relationship public without risking the negative consequences. like, the juju beads and short pants are inside relationship info.
    2worldon July 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, she is old enough to have a boyfreind and kiss his 3rd cousin twice, so I don't think it's about any sort of abuse. I love the quitar riffs and bassline in this song to death!!!
    moeheadon July 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYa this song makes me think less about a pedophile and more like of a woman who is cheeting on her husband (or boyfriend) with the person singing the song.
    J.Spicolion August 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with you all, and I would think she is younger, but not, like, a kid. Maybe just early 20s or so, and they're just having this fling. This just made it kinda kinky and not creeped out or anything.
    BUT... I was listening to this song just now, and in the background during the instrumental parts, he's naming dollar amounts. Maybe he's playing her? Or maybe he's buying her things...? It struck me as the former, which freaked me out a little.
    HibbingismyHolyLandon January 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwth are juju beads?? lol i think the way he sings "hurt" and "word" like tweety bird are what make it sound like he's talking about a kid. and what's the meaning of "'m the king of milwaukee... i'm the king of pomona?"
    jasssson May 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have heard that this song is about a stripper. Which would explain the prices in the background.
    BUT, i do agree with some of you, i think she is younger than him at the time, and she seems like she could be down for this 'oo its tom petty, of course i'm going to 'do' stuff with him!" you know? I put myself in the shoes of the girl, and thats exactly what i would think.
    carlitom8on November 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionJujubes is a bonafide candy. Perhaps it's about juju bees. juju beads doesn't make sense as a word.
    If I were guessing about the thought of 'beads' per se, I'd say the candies are made into a necklace which is totally understandable.
    deeinlaon October 24, 2017   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain