Malvina Reynolds: Song Lyrics and Poems  

Never Argue with a Bee

Notes: words and music by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1963 Schroder Music Company, renewed 1991.

Never argue with a bee,
He has got a sting-a-ree.
Be he worker, be he drone,
You had best leave him alone.

He has got his work to do,
Getting honey from the tree.
If you know what's good for you,
Do not argue with a bee.

Well, a hornet knows his rights,
And it hurts when he alights.
You will surely get your lumps,
Cause his stinger, it is trumps.


And the wasp is very wild
If you bother with his child.
Let him go where he is bound,
Do not try to mess around.


You can get along with bees.
Call them mister, ask them please.
Let them work and be content,
But avoid the argument.


Malvina Reynolds songbook(s) in which the music to this song appears:
---- The Muse of Parker Street
---- There's Music in the Air: Songs for the Middle-Young

Other place(s) where the music to this song appears:
---- Broadside No. 32 (20 September 1963)

Malvina Reynolds recording(s) on which this song is performed:
---- [none]

Recordings by other artists on which this song is performed:
---- Eunice Boardman: Excerpts from the Music Book (Holt, Rinehart and Winston P 16966, 1983)
---- Eunice Boardman and Barbara Andress: The Music Book Grade 2, Record 5 (Holt, Rinehart and Winston P 15571, 1981)
---- Darryl and Dallas Cornell: Songs You Oughta Know (Schoolhouse, 2002)
---- Connie and Gordy Hoke: Kid Stuff (Connie & Gordy, 1989)
---- Connie & Gordy: Keep On Singing (CGCD-200002, 1999)
---- Merrill Staton: The Spectrum of Music Level 5, Record 2 (Schirmer Records P 16709, 1983)
---- Merrill Staton: The Spectrum of Music Level 5, Record 9 (Schirmer Records P 16716, 1983)

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