John Lee Hooker: Bumblebee Bumblebee Lyrics

Since nobody else in the world, ever in the whole history of historicalness, has seen fit to transcribe the lyrics to John Lee Hooker ‘Bumblebee Bumblebee’ from Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive (which are different to his 1951 cut ‘Bumblebee Blues’*) then I have stepped up to the mark.  No need to thank me, I hate it when people insist on calling me a hero.

Bumblebee Bumblebee (2)

Bumblebee bumblebee

Don’t sting me the way you do

Bumblebee Bumblebee

Don’t sting me the way you do

Don’t sting me too hard and too deep




Bumblebee stung me this morning

Being trying to find it the whole day long

hey! Trying to find it the whole day long

The way you sting me make my temperature rise

My Bumblebee got a stinger

Long as my right arm

My Bumblebee got a stinger

Long as my right arm

Every time she sting me I holler ‘hey, hot dog!’

(hot dog, have mercy)

 

Bumblebee Bumblebee Bumblebee

Won’t you please come back to me

Bumblebee Bumblebee Bumblebee

Won’t you please come back to me

You got the best little stinger Bumblebee

Of anyone in the whole round world I know

(Lord have mercy)

Every time she sting me I holler ‘ho, ho, hot dog!’

Every time she sting me I holler ‘ho, ho, hot dog!’

Bumblebee Bumblebee Bumblebee

Please come back to me
John Lee Hooker Never Get Out 04
God, I wish I caught a bus that needed a ‘No Dancin” sign up.

841 Down (still).

*although the latter’s lyrics are often misattributed to the former on lyrics websites.  Pah! Amateurs!

25 thoughts on “John Lee Hooker: Bumblebee Bumblebee Lyrics

  1. Goodness gracious! I do believe he may have been singing about heroin addiction and not entomological subjects! He put down his syringe and has been looking for it all day long. The only creature with a stinger as long as a grown man’s forearm is the giant scorpion from Clash of the Titans! And of course not at all related to the bumble bee, but a cousin of the spider.
    Drugs can do funny things to a man’s mind…

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    1. Whoa! Call me naive but that hadn’t occurred to me at all and I think you’re right.

      I was struggling to explain it as a sex song, given the object of his quest has a, quite frankly, phallic stinger.

      Well played Mr Morris!

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