She smelled the flowers in her hands
She set them down carefully and walked away
And she wondered if it's worth cryin'
But wondering wouldn't make much difference anyway

It was raining on the market square
She pulled out a handkerchief for her eyes
There was a siren in the distance
And the sting of a familiar face from sometime ago

Let me be, by your side
Honey bee, once more time
Tonight, by your side

At the station a homeless man on his knees and praying
He was saying something about heaven and all the things wrong today
Then someone shouted, "The train is coming"
It was right on time just like it is everyday

Let me be, by your side
Honey bee, one more time
Tonight, let me be, by your side
all my love shine through the midsummer sky

Lyrics submitted by Hippybuggsgirl

Honey Bee song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentVery vivid imagery and symbolism. The first part seems to be set in a cemetary (flowers and crying etc.) and then narrative ends up at a train station. "It was right on time just like it is every day" means that something can't be changed. perhaps it's about the inevitability of death?
    Hippybuggsgirlon September 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI saw Matthew John perform this in Helsinki, was sooooo beautiful. He said that the bee was a symbol for life or death (I can't remember exactly what he said), and in some way related to the Finnish Kalevala. The comment by Hippybuggsgirl seems accurate...He said it was on the surface about walking from a cemetery to a train station, and thoughts in the head during the walk. Great song!
    Taikaon January 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentVery talented lyricist. I really appreciate how Matthew John uses plain prose to get at complex ideas and feelings.
    Sunflowerpowergirlon January 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow! Excellent lyrics. Very crisp and fresh use of the English language.
    folkfanon April 07, 2009   Link

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