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Bobby Goldsboro performs "Honey"

Bobby Goldsboro performs "Honey".

"Honey", also known as "Honey (I Miss You)", is a song written by Bobby Russell. He first produced it with former Kingston Trio member Bob Shane. Then he gave it to American singer Bobby Goldsboro, who recorded it for his 1968 album of the same name, originally titled Pledge of Love.

The song's narrator mourns his deceased lover, beginning with him looking at a tree in their garden, remembering how "it was just a twig" on the day she planted it (with his disapproval). This single about the loss of a loved one hit No. 1 the week after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. Further, the Hot 100 top 10 run of "Honey" began the week of the King assassination and ended the week of the assassination of Robert Kennedy, and no other Hot 100 entry had a top 10 run that spanned that same time interval.

Bobby Goldsboro - Honey Lyrics

 

See the tree, how big it's grown 

But friend it hasn't been too long 

It wasn't big

I laughed at her and she got mad, 

The first day that she planted it

Was just a twig

Then the first snow came and she ran out 

To brush the snow away

So it wouldn't die

Came runnin' in all excited, 

Slipped and almost hurt herself

And I laughed till I cried

She was always young at heart, 

Kinda dumb and kinda smart 

And I loved her so

And I surprised her with a puppy

Kept me up all Christmas Eve two years ago

And it would sure embarrass her

When I came in from workin' late 

'Cause I would know

That she'd been sittin' there and cryin'

Over some sad and silly late, late show

And honey, I miss you and I'm bein' good

And I'd love to be with you if only I could

She wrecked the car and she was sad

And so afraid that I'd be mad 

But what the heck

Though I pretended hard to be

Guess you could say she saw through me 

And hugged my neck

I came home unexpectedly 

And caught her cryin' needlessly

In the middle of a day

And it was in the early spring 

When flowers bloom and robins sing

She went away

And honey, I miss you and I'm bein' good

And I'd love to be with you if only I could

One day while I was not at home 

While she was there and all alone

The angels came

Now all I have is memories of honey 

And I wake up nights and call her name

Now my life's an empty stage 

Where honey lived and honey played

And love grew up

And a small cloud passes overhead 

And cries down on the flower bed

That honey loved

And see the tree how big it's grown 

But friend it hasn't been too long 

It wasn't big

And I laughed at her and she got mad

The first day that she planted it, 

Was just a twig


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