So sudden
The bees
They came flying
So violent
The bees
They came sly
So scary
The bees
They came wide
So wild
The bees
They came crying
They said: "I take my time"
You take your time
Please take your time
I take my time
I take my time
You take your time
Just take your time
I take my time

And if you need us
And if you neeeeeed
The bees (x6)
*garbled sounds*
And if you need us
Or If you neeeeed
The bees (x6)
*garbled sounds*
And if you need us
Or if you neeeeed
The bees (x6)
*garbled sounds*





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  • +4
    General CommentI was surprised this song wasn't added earlier to the list. I think it is probably an underrated track from Feels. This conveys a wide-eyed wonderment at a simple creature: the bee. In the mind of a child it inspires feelings of fear and violence (those stings hurt!). The repeated mantra "I take my time/you take your time" is probably just as simple as it sounds. The bees, while being scary, remind this child/man to live in nature at a slowed tempo, not to rush about in the hustle and bustle of society. It is a general statement of simply feeling at rest.
    couldBanyoneon February 17, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Commentme and my boyfriend dropped acid recently and the day after it still was in his system and he decided that Bees was a song he had never understood or gave time to understand. Once he started listening to it he told me it was obvious that the song was about love, how it swarms like the bees.
    DauAlSeton October 30, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI can imagine a drunken Winnie the Pooh singing this
    amongthetreeson January 28, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis whole album is fantastic; it tells a love story, and the songs are perfectly arranged for that. "Did You See The Words" is the first feelings of affection; "Grass" is first sexual/emotional contact with the person loved; "Flesh Canoe" seems to be telling events of a personal relationship and the writer getting closer to his loved one; "Purple Bottle" is just a giant expression of how much the writer loves her; and now "Bees" is when the album takes a turn for the worse.

    Bees is a wonderful song, one of my favorites off the album, so don't think 'turn for the worse' means 'this album starts to get bad' because every song on this album is perfect. But a turn for the worse as in the personal relationship with the writers loved one starts to diminish or become more complicated. The bees and their actions representing the love.

    "So sudden, the bees, they came flying. So violent, the bees, they came sly
    So scary, the bees, they came wide. So wild, the bees,they came crying"
    This whole stanza is pretty much the song and its meaning- the Bees symbolizing the actual love. "The love was scary...the love was wild...etc." This part of the song is saying 'things are falling apart between us' and Avey is really wise to use Bees for this.

    After this song, the album rolls into Banshee Beat, which describes not the break up, but the feelings of the break up, which gives evidence that this song is about the falling apart of love. I don't know- this is my interpretation. The song's meaning is ruined if it only has one specific meaning, so I'm not saying this is it; make your own interpretation. That's the best thing about Animal Collective and its members; they all have multiple meanings to each of their songs.
    54unityon December 17, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthe bees the bees the bees the bees the bees the bees reerurureerruuuuurrr.

    That's what this song means to me.
    doloreaestheticon April 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHahhh a drunken winnie the pooh. Too good.

    I love the dreamy tempo of this song
    birdberryon January 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentcouldBanyone, u have shone a light on my previous darkness as to wtf this song was on. thanks bra.
    whj247on April 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhj247, no problem. That is what this site is designed for. Enjoy the Collective :)
    couldBanyoneon April 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthahaha. bees indeed. slow down all of us slow reerurueerurrrr...
    tdamcbigityon May 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenton of my most favorite songs, some how i always attract these creatures(the bees).Possibly in this song the bees "think", their taking their time but from our perspective they move *violently,so sudden- so scary,so wild -yet so articulate.
    slow_down_the_worldon October 11, 2006   Link

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