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Bees, bees...

Phil Edwards 18 Feb 12 - 01:10 PM
pdq 18 Feb 12 - 01:19 PM
Leadfingers 18 Feb 12 - 06:30 PM
Valmai Goodyear 19 Feb 12 - 06:52 AM
GUEST,Suibhne Astray 19 Feb 12 - 08:27 AM
Phil Edwards 19 Feb 12 - 08:29 AM
Valmai Goodyear 19 Feb 12 - 10:00 AM
Paul Burke 19 Feb 12 - 03:16 PM
Phil Edwards 19 Feb 12 - 03:45 PM
Paul Burke 19 Feb 12 - 05:02 PM
KHNic 19 Feb 12 - 08:56 PM
GUEST,Suibhne Astray 20 Feb 12 - 04:37 AM
melodeonboy 20 Feb 12 - 04:57 AM
GUEST,Suibhne Astray 20 Feb 12 - 05:33 AM
Crowhugger 21 Feb 12 - 01:58 AM
GUEST,Suibhne Astray 21 Feb 12 - 05:51 AM
GUEST,Suibhne Astray 21 Feb 12 - 05:54 AM
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Subject: Bees, bees...
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 18 Feb 12 - 01:10 PM

Seen on Twitter:

- It's incest week at the excellent Fifty-Two Folk Songs project: RT @LordBateman Week 24: The bonny hind, Sheath & knife http://wp.me/p1PnTO-6z

- I misread that as "insect week" - which would also have been good.

But what to sing in insect week? The Bee-Boy's Song springs to mind, but are there any traditional songs with bees in them (or any other insects)?


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Subject: RE: Bees, bees...
From: pdq
Date: 18 Feb 12 - 01:19 PM

"Never Swat a Fly" by the Kweskin Jug Band (with genius vocal by Maria Muldaur).


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Subject: RE: Bees, bees...
From: Leadfingers
Date: 18 Feb 12 - 06:30 PM

And Clairebear has an excelent song - Telling The Bees - which is on U Tube as sung at The Getaway in 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1mhv8h3W4w


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Subject: RE: Bees, bees...
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 19 Feb 12 - 06:52 AM

The Lusty Smith becomes a bumble bee when the lady becomes a rose.
Bob Lewis of Sussex sings a parody of Ten Thousand Miles Away called The Whistling Bee.
The Gartan Mother's Lullaby mentions the red bee humming, and also refers to crickets.
The False Lover Won Back includes 'Comfort for the comfortless,
honey for the bee.'
Somerset's anthem is 'The Fly Be on the Turmut'.

For some reason I'm also reminded of
'Bee I Hampshire, bee I buggery,
I bee up from Fareham,
My old missus wears calico drawers,
I know how to tear 'em.'

Valmai (Lewes)


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Subject: RE: Bees, bees...
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 19 Feb 12 - 08:27 AM

I sing Robert Graves's The Allansford Pursuit, based on the incantations of Isobel Gowdie, interwoven with Raymond Greenoaken's Ragword Road, also based on Gowdie I believe. Raymond put to the tune to Graves verses too.

I shall go into a BEE - with muckle horror and dread of thee, and flit to hive in the Devil's name, aye to I be fetched hame...

Crow Sister sings in beautifully, here's mine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sw7FUAsiVyc


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Subject: RE: Bees, bees...
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 19 Feb 12 - 08:29 AM

Thanks all. For some reason I've never liked the Lusty Smith / Two Magicians, but there's definitely a bee in there. I haven't come across The False Lover Won Back before, but I rather like it.

Clairebear's song is nice, but my 'telling the bees' slot is occupied by the Bee Boy. I'm intrigued by the Whistling Bee!


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Subject: RE: Bees, bees...
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 19 Feb 12 - 10:00 AM

The song Bob calls The Whistling Bee is in the Digitrad under the name A Capital Ship.

Valmai


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Subject: RE: Bees, bees...
From: Paul Burke
Date: 19 Feb 12 - 03:16 PM

The title of the thread makes me think the OP knows the song, but Arthur Irvine (perhaps with a g) sang a song about "bees*, bees, murmuring low" in Wigan in the 70s, he died tragically young. Wiganers may remember better than I do.

*Parodied by his mates as "peas"


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Subject: RE: Bees, bees...
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 19 Feb 12 - 03:45 PM

Valmai - ah, the Walloping Windowblind!

Paul - no indeed - my reference was to this. I'm intrigued!


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Subject: RE: Bees, bees...
From: Paul Burke
Date: 19 Feb 12 - 05:02 PM

Well, Mr Rhedkvitsky, I'll ask my Wiganite friends.


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Subject: RE: Bees, bees...
From: KHNic
Date: 19 Feb 12 - 08:56 PM

Lara Conley does a wonderful song about Honey Bees. The chorus is Buzzzzzzzzzzzzz.


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Subject: RE: Bees, bees...
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 20 Feb 12 - 04:37 AM

My favourite:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xy9JZLmgrPE


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Subject: RE: Bees, bees...
From: melodeonboy
Date: 20 Feb 12 - 04:57 AM

Not exactly traditional, but what about "Busy Bee" by Arthur Askey?!


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Subject: RE: Bees, bees...
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 20 Feb 12 - 05:33 AM

See my link above, melodeonboy. And how isn't it exactly traditional? I'd say it was precisely traditional, and quite folksy too given the references to The Floral Dance...


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Subject: RE: Bees, bees...
From: Crowhugger
Date: 21 Feb 12 - 01:58 AM

I'm Takin' Home My Baby Bumblebee...
guessing it's kiddie trad, had no luck finding an attribution.


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Subject: RE: Bees, bees...
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 21 Feb 12 - 05:51 AM

Flight of the BumbleBee on Melodica...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZNbflUm538


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Subject: RE: Bees, bees...
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 21 Feb 12 - 05:54 AM

Ignoring the Muso tedium of the foregoing, this one has some genuine humanity about it: Flight of the Bumblebee on Melodica, Toy Piano & Ukulele...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psiSYQxnZa8


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Subject: RE: Bees, bees...
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 21 Feb 12 - 06:02 AM

Sorry about this, but I watched the first few seconds of this and brought up my breakfast. So, by way of personal catharthis I feel I must somehow own this as part of a deeper personal psychosis / revulsion and pass it on to the world at large as an example of what might quite possible BEE a contenter for The Worst Music in the World. Forget the Global Economic and Environmental Crisis - when human culture has sank to these depths then you know that the impending collapse of civilisation can only improve things. In Bee terms, this is the music for Colony Collapse Disorder.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1zs4PPk5kg


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