Honeysuckle Rose

Andy Razaf

Andy Razaf


PROFILE
Composer Thomas “Fats” Waller
Lyricist Andy Razaf
Year Written 1929
About Honeysuckle Rose
“Honeysuckle Rose” is one of Fats Waller’s better known tunes and for good reason. The tune is very well written and Razaf’s lyric is delightful. Waller recorded the song in 1934 and that recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. The song has been recorded steadily throughout the years, including the one from Lena Horne in 1963.

Lyrics

Every honey bee fills with jealousy,
when they see you out with me.

Goodness knows
You’re my honeysuckle rose

When you’re passin’ by flowers droop and sigh,
and I know the reason why.

Goodness knows
You’re my honeysuckle rose

Don’t buy sugar,
You just have to touch my cup.
You’re my sugar.
It’s sweeter when you stir it up.

When I’m taking sips from your tasty lips
seems the honey fairly drips.

Goodness knows
You’re my honeysuckle rose

Goodness knows
You’re my honeysuckle rose

Don’t buy sugar,
You just have to touch my cup.
You’re my sugar.
It’s sweeter when you stir it up.

When I’m taking sips from your tasty lips
seems the honey fairly drips.

Goodness knows
You’re my honeysuckle rose

Session / Album Information

1995

“Honeysuckle Rose” was recorded in July 1995 and released that year on Here’s To The Ladies.  The song is in tribute to Lena Horne. It was arranged and conducted by Jorge Calandrelli.

This recording released on:

  • 1995: Columbia CD: CK 67349 — Here’s To The Ladies   (1995)
  • 1996: Columbia CD: SRCS-7936 — Here’s To The Ladies [Japan]
  • 2011: Disc #62 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK60) Here’s To The Ladies

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