I'm a King Bee

Composer: Slim Harpo        Original performer: Slim Harpo (1957)
Recording date: January 1964        Recording location: Regent Sound Studios, London
Producer: Andrew Oldham        Engineer: Bill Farley
Performed onstage: 1963-64

Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Acoustic guitar: Keith Richards
Electric guitar (inc. slide): Brian Jones
Vocal: Mick Jagger
Harmonica: Mick Jagger

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

Well, buzz a while
Sting it then

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


(That song) was pretty unheard of... What I mean is, there were a lot of these hit records in the States that nobody knew about here (in England), we did them and after we thought they weren't good; but at the time it was right... (Y)ou could say that we did blues to turn people on (to blues), but why they should be turned on by us is unbelievably stupid. I mean what's the point in listening to us doing I'm a King Bee when you can listen to Slim Harpo doing it?

- Mick Jagger, 1968

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