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Pigpen sang this song with the Grateful Dead quite often up to 1971. It was then revived by Bob Weir once in 1993 and once in 1994. It has since been played by the Other Ones and The Dead (with Joan Osborne singing it as "Queen Bee."

(1) so far as I can tell, this verse is a Pigpen addition: it is not on the original Slim Harpo version.

Lyrics By
James Moore (aka Slim Harpo)
Music By
James Moore (aka Slim Harpo)
Lyrics

I'm a king bee baby, buzzing around your hive
I'm a king bee baby, buzzing around your hive
Yeah I can make honey baby, let me come inside

Well I'm a king bee, want you to be my queen
Well I'm a king bee, want you to be my queen
Together we can make honey, the world has never seen

Well I'm a king bee baby, come buzz all night long
Well I'm a king bee baby, come buzz all night long
Yeah I can buzz better baby, when your man has gone

Cause I'm young and able to buzz all night long
I'm young and able mama, Lord to buzz all night long
And you know together we can make some honey
Like the world ain't never known

Pull your car in my driveway, cut your bright lights way down low (note 1)
Drive your car up in my driveway, mama, cut your bright lights way down low
I'm gonna wind up your transmission
Till your motor won't run no more

  • I'm A King Bee

    I'm a king bee baby, buzzing around your hive
    I'm a king bee baby, buzzing around your hive
    Yeah I can make honey baby, let me come inside

    Well I'm a king bee, want you to be my queen
    Well I'm a king bee, want you to be my queen
    Together we can make honey, the world has never seen

    Well I'm a king bee baby, come buzz all night long
    Well I'm a king bee baby, come buzz all night long
    Yeah I can buzz better baby, when your man has gone

    Cause I'm young and able to buzz all night long
    I'm young and able mama, Lord to buzz all night long
    And you know together we can make some honey
    Like the world ain't never known

    Pull your car in my driveway, cut your bright lights way down low (note 1)
    Drive your car up in my driveway, mama, cut your bright lights way down low
    I'm gonna wind up your transmission
    Till your motor won't run no more

    Pigpen sang this song with the Grateful Dead quite often up to 1971. It was then revived by Bob Weir once in 1993 and once in 1994. It has since been played by the Other Ones and The Dead (with Joan Osborne singing it as "Queen Bee."

    (1) so far as I can tell, this verse is a Pigpen addition: it is not on the original Slim Harpo version.