"Alright here we go
It's a little number called give me some sugar
Little honey natural bee"


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

"That's right"

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
Well I've got something to say

Buzz awhile
Twenty dollar
Thirty dollars
One hundred and fifty dollars"

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
Well I've got something to say, yeah

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Honey Bee Lyrics as written by Tom Petty

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    General CommentBut the Rambler sedan is a car, and that makes me think she's older...
    lemur_librarianon September 16, 2008   Link
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    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
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    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 07, 2006   Link
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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 10, 2011   Link
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    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
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    Song MeaningJuju beads are used in juju. Juju is supposed to be the opposite of voodoo - juju is white magic, and voodoo is black magic.

    Juju beads, juju shells, and other similar items are used to count prayers, the same way Catholics and Muslims use them, and as talismans or good luck charms.

    A monkey hand or monkey paw is also used as a talisman in some juju rituals - witch doctors are supposed to be able to use it to help improve physical abilities or cure disabilities of the limbs.

    I'm still thinking on some of the other lines, like king of Milwaukee and king of Pomona...
    williammckernon December 27, 2017   Link

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