"The Beekeeper" as written by and Tori Ellen Amos....
Flaxen hair blowing in the breeze
It is time for the geese to head south
I have come with my mustard seed
I cannot accept that she will be taken from me

"Do you know who I am" she said
"I'm the one who taps you on the shoulder when it's your time
Don't be afraid I promise that she will awake
Tomorrow somewhere
Tomorrow somewhere"

Wrap yourself around
The tree of life and the dance of the infinity
Of the hive
Take this message to Michael

I will comb myself into chains
In between the tap dance clan
And your ballerina gang
I have come for the beekeeper
I know you want my
You want my queen
Anything but this
Can you use me instead?

In your gown with your breathing mask
Plugged into a heart machine
As if you ever needed one
I must see the beekeeper I must see if she'll keep her alive
Call Engine forty nine I have come with my mustard seed

Maybe I'm passing you by
Just passing you by girl
I'm passing you by
On my way
On my way
I'm just passing you by
But don't be confused
One day I'll be coming for you...
I must see the beekeeper
I must see the beekeeper

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"The Beekeeper" as written by Tori Ellen Amos

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    General Commentit's about her mother. her mother is alive and all right NOW, but at the time that the song came to Tori, her mother had suffered (and barely survived from) a cardiac arrest.

    I'll quote her answer from an internet chat that she did..

    "At first the melody would come and walk with me through the mists in North Cornwall England. I would take this melody back to the Hammond Organ, the B3. I would sit and play with this for hours.

    Soon I began to have to deal with my mother's heart condition and she survived a cardiac arrest in September. Because of this I began thinking about the life cycle and that dying is part of the life cycle. Even though I realized this, logically, I couldn't accept the idea of losing my mother emotionally.

    The song started to become clearer as the days went by and I began to realize that the Beekeeper that had taken my character in the song, to death, to plead for my mother's life, the Queen Bee in the song, little did I know that although my mother would survive and that death did pass her by it would be the last time I saw my brother when I went back to stand by my mother's bedside.

    So life/death has it's own rhythm and it's own rhyme. The Beekeeper really acts as a Shaman, similar to the Medicine Man in the Native American tradition. We have the Beekeeper in the Celtic tradition."
    keyyoooon May 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song made me cry when i first heard it.
    I'm going through the same thing, my mother is dying right in front of me.

    The Beekeeper, i'm positive, has to be God.
    Take this message to Michael... her father who passed away.

    Sometimes when I listen to her albums, i feel like she peeks into my window.
    isisstar888on February 28, 2005   Link
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    General Comment*cough..* her brother is the one who died. her father is very much alive and healthy.

    the song really grappled with me too because it more or less shoved the issue of death and my fear of other people dying into my face where I couldn't ignore it since it's such a beautiful song. I eventually was able to come to terms with it enough to be able to listen to the song without getting emotional, which is good since I love it so much.
    keyyoooon March 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell, sure about his brother, but so why in the song she says: "I must see the Beekeeper I must see if she'll keep HER alive"?
    RedGlowon May 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentCould this be a Sylvia Plath reference? She was a beekeeper and I imagine Tori would be a fan of hers.
    my_sharonaon June 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think she described her meaning in this song very clearly in the post that quotes her words on it. Sometimes even her explanation leaves you with more questions than the song itself did. But not this time. It seems pretty straightforward.

    Prior to reading those words, I always thought she was referring to all of us as bees. Busy little lives, busy working and making honey, doing what bees do, etc. And the Beekeeper is the angel of death that comes to us all to collect us.

    Somebody thought the Beekeeper was God. From any angle I can see, I really don't think so, but there are no thought police here. Almost all of the major religions depict God as having Angels that do his work, especially to collect us, or guide us, or give us messages, etc. That same poster thought that Michael was referring to her father. I'm pretty sure Michael was referring to Archangel Michael (whom I thought was the Beekeeper in this song). He is referred to as a prince among angels and has been attributed many tasks, not least of which is defeating Satan. A couple among them was to care for and heal the sick. Another is to blow the trumpet that wakes the dead (sleeping) back to life at the time of revelation. I believe she was appealing to him to spare the life of her mother (heal her) or bring her back to life if need be (raise her from the dead), and if he had to come back with a bee, take her instead of her mother. Michael (The Beekeeper) just said to her not to worry, he'll be taking her too...in time.

    That same person said she thinks Tori is peeking in her window to write directly to her. Her whole post shows the magic of Tori. The poster was wrong about Tori's meaning in these words, but even though they were on two different meanings, this poster thought that Tori was writing the meaning that was most specific to the poster's situation. The way Tori writes, she leaves it open for you to take your meaning and feel like she gave it to you. It feels personal to us all, ironically in a meaning that we concluded, not Tori. But she let's us have that by her skillful lyrics with deep meaning, that are somehow simultaneously undefined. To accomplish both of those in the same words is the ultimate goal of song writing. Tori is among the very best at it.
    Nunyabizznezzon October 04, 2015   Link

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