I keep swinging my hand through a swarm of bees cause I
I want honey on my table
I keep swinging my hand through a swarm of bees cause I
I want honey on my table

But I never get it right
No, I never get it right

I keep swinging my hand through a swarm of bees;
I can't understand why they're stinging' me
But I'll do what I want
I'll do what I please
I'll do it again 'til I've got what I need
I'll rip and smash through the hornet's nest
Do you understand I deserve the best?
'Til you do what I want
I'll do what I please
I'll do it again 'til I've got what I need

I try to stick this pin through a butterfly cause I
I like all the pretty colors
It just fell apart, so I flung it in the fire
To burn with all the others

Cause I never get it right
No, I never get it right

I keep swinging my hand through a swarm of bees
I can't understand why they're stinging me
But I'll do what I want
I'll do what I please
I'll do it again 'til I've got what I need
I'll rip and smash through the hornet's nest
Do you understand I deserve the best?
'Til you do what I want
I'll do what I please;
I'll do it again 'til I've got what I need

This time, I'll get it right
This time, I'll get it right
It's gonna be this time
I'll get it right
God, let it be this time
I get it right

So I'm cutting' that branch off the cherry tree
Singing this will be my victory
Then I
See them coming after me
And they're following me across the sea
And now they're stinging my friends and my family
And I
Don't know why this is happening
But I'll do what I want
I'll do what I please
I'll do it again 'til I've got what I need

I keep swingin my hand through a swarm of bees cause I
I want honey on my table


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  • +4
    Song MeaningThis is not hard to figure out, but that doesn't subtract from the painful truth the song carries. He's talking about the United States going to war in the Middle East for personal gain (oil is black honey) and the effects that it has on us. We keep getting stung each time we go to someone else's country and destroy people's homes and lives while our government pretends to be waging war for our safety. If you don't want to get stung, don't swing your hand through the swarm of bees. It also references the greed and selfishness of American culture "do what I want, do what please, I'll do it again till I got what I need", and "do you understand I deserve the best". The swarm following us home across the sea is a reference to sleeper cells and domestic terrorism in western countries: San Bernardino, Paris, Brussels, etc. ISIS is just the newest swarm we have created ourselves and are following us home to "sting" our friends and family. The butterfly part is interesting in that it seems to be reflecting on our wastefulness and carelessness in destroying things over and over and not learning the result of our actions (threw it in the fire to burn with all the others). The part he repeats "but I never get it right" and then "this time I'll get it right" parallels this. We keep going to war, to reap death and destruction, while a select few profit, and then blame the "bees" for stinging us. We are doomed to do this over and over until we realize the result of our actions.
    Fr1dgeon April 29, 2016   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningSo Dustin tends to get political in a few of his songs (Blood on the Sand most certainly is, and Broken Lungs he's stated is about September 11th). This song is about oil in the Middle East (thus the *Black* Honey) and the repercussions we've felt by going after it under the guise of war.

    I'm not saying he's right or wrong, just what I believe he's saying through the song. Cheers, all.
    Liquidsoul7on April 28, 2016   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think the song in my eye view to what pops to mind, is addiction to Herion, My uncle Pat is a recovering heroin survivor, I can take a part each lyrical point, he was making, it is not only a rare type of syrup nectar from japan, it is also in my eyes a cookable versuion of getting heroin in your body, it is very dark to imagine the preperation and need to liquidate the opiate syrum, Now that shows what a fucked up childhood I had growing up being raised around drug addicts... my mom is a major abusive psychopath narcasisitic addict...
    the sound layout for this song is very grungier and dark... it has a very strong Alice in Chains vibe in my opinion...
    Dj_Tha_Metal_lo_99on November 22, 2016   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI like to relate it to addiction, the bee's are the everyday stuggle to get money, steal, rob ect to get your honey but you get stung with the sadness, withdraw, pain and suffering, jail ect. Just like an old Chris Cornell line 'The Sky was your Playground but now the cold earth is your Bed' and even the part where the bee's follow me across the sea and now theyre stinging my family is the suffering you put on your family from addiction.
    scott11677on June 24, 2017   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI don't see a compelling reason from the lyrics to equate it with oil in the Mid-East. That certainly may be the meaning, but I think it's reading into it a little bit.

    Instead, I think it's just a general metaphor for sin and pride. Our fallen hearts want what they want and they are willing to sin to get it.

    Instead of seeing all good things as a gift from God, we think we are owed a life of luxury or a life free of pain. When we pursue that life at all costs, we shouldn't be surprised when it actually comes with a cost. But our sinful hearts are so blind that we don't see why we're being stung.

    In reference to "cutting the branch off the cherry tree" I think that just means in our pursuit of luxury we keep going bigger and bigger. Going for the honey hasn't satisfied, so we must not be going after it *enough.*

    And of course when we live that type of lifestyle and have that mentality, the consequences are impossible to run away from "following me across the sea" and they affect even our loved ones "stinging my friends and family."

    If this is the case, then the "black" doesn't refer to oil, but simply the darkness that comes with vainly pursuing idols. Such a person doesn't live in and for the light, but for darkness. They may get honey, but it's honey tainted by blackness.
    onlibertyon June 16, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHmmm... difficult to say what it is about. Lyrically the middle-east-oil-thing makes the most sense to me, but when I watch the music video, I see absolutely no reference to it.

    Why do artists hardly ever give explainations or at least comments to their lyrics??? Sometimes it really makes me angry, when I love the sound of a song and want to know what it´s about, but the writer is not willing to give a even a hint.
    Louk777on October 29, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy first reaction was to the addiction to heroin. He says "I try to stick this pin through a butterfly cause I
    I like all the pretty colors". This sounds like shooting up to me? Black honey? Heroin.

    Let's start at the beginning. "I keep swinging my hand through a swarm of bees ‘cause I ...
    I want honey on my table" a heroin addict keeps going through difficult times to get high.

    "But I never get it right
    no I never get it right"
    It's never enough.

    "I’ll do it again till I got what I need"
    I'll keep trying to chase that dragon.


    This was just my own personal reaction to the song. Though the middle East oil theory sounds legitimate as well. I'd like to hear what the artist's thoughts are.
    jonathananon December 28, 2016   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI am fairly sure this is about heroin. Black honey (black tar?) I think it is mostly about the need to be high, how it is an insatiable habit, and how it negatively effects the friends and family. Every time they try to quit, they go right back at it. Which is true with most heroin addicts, or most addicts of any sort. "This time, I'll get it right." There is an urge to stop, and they are trying. They do not understand why this addiction happened to them, and why they can't stop hurting their friends and family. Maybe I'm wrong, but that was my take.
    jessie1424on February 10, 2017   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningHere all, I hope this helps. Many fans have interpreted the lyrics in different ways to Dustin Kensrue's original meaning. He said in a Reddit AMA: "It was written with the US's narcissistic approach to foreign policy but can easily be seen as applying to any situation where we act in a like manner (and we all do.)"
    Source: songfacts.com (This is a really great resource for song meanings)
    Breeze312on June 14, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI am going to add another viewpoint. My snap reaction, to what the song was his relationships, and the strain that touring does to those relationships. I keep swinging my hand through a swarm of bees, cause I want honey on the table" At the very onset, he is telling you why he goes through the torture he endures, He keeps doing what he is doing touring, staying away from friends and family, and generally being hurt because he wants the money, or maybe not money maybe the fame. It depends on what black honey means I would suppose. Black obviously has connotations with Evil, and money is the root of evil, Honey can be consumed and fame can't therefore I assume it is money. However Honey is very sweet, and I could see it being used as a metaphor for fame.

    He then goes on to say "I never get it right" I think that means that he can never separate his personal life with his band, he is constantly working, constantly hustling. "I can't understand why they're stinging me" He doesn't know why everything he does that that he loves, ends up putting strains on all his relationships, which is why I think Black Honey could refer to fame. "I do what I want, I do what I please, I do it again, until I got what I need" This is pretty obvious once you put it in context. "Rip and smash through the hornets nest, Don't they understand I deserve the best" Seems like just an observation at what he is doing (i.e. why is this happening, I deserve better than this,) "Stick this pin through a butterfly, cause I, like all the pretty colors" seems like he is talking about a relationship with a girl, or possibly child. Something he chose. He loves this person so he sticks a pin in it (which also kills it whether that is emotional or not, he sees the fact that he chose this beautiful butterfly as its destruction). "It just fell apart, so I threw it in the fire, to burn with all the others." Pretty deep, He loved the person, the child the SO but he destroyed it and he watched as it crumpled beyond his control, so he burnt it, along with his other failed relationships.

    "Cause I never get it right, no I never get it right" this takes on a slight different connotation now, it still relates to the previous, but this ones is more emotional, it is a direct comment on a singled out relationship. He feels he is no longer good enough. Then the Chorus also takes on the same connotation, It also ties it to his career, this failed relationship is because of said career, and he stays at it regardless, "this time I'll get it right" now this time another attempt he will get it right. He is going to focus on his career it seems. "So I cut the branch off the cherry tree, this will be my victory" He has picked up a weapon and is going to once and for all smash the hornets nest, I think this probably means that he is going to quit, He is done he wants to spend time with friends and family and mend the relationships he's torn asunder."Then I see them coming after me." He can feel it coming, he cant get enough he wants the black honey again. "now they're following me across the sea and they're stinging my friends and family" The strain on his relationships are getting worse, and actually emotionally hurting them. "I don't know why this is happening, but I do what I want, I do what I please, I do what I want til I get what I need" Takes on the final connotation, He doesn't care who he hurts, because he wants the black honey more than anything else in the world.
    ShiftyShiftson September 24, 2016   Link

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