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Bobby Goldsboro: Honey Meaning

Song Released: 1968

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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...


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    Oct 2nd, 10:26am report

    I agree it is most likely about depression and suicide. If she were terminally ill, he would not have left her home alone to die. She would have been in hospital or with family. Most likely in hospital, as back then few if any were allowed to go home to die, homecare with self-administered pain meds was unheard of and was probably in fact illegal in many states. Her behavior sounds to me to include bipolar symptoms-she's all silly and giggly, but cries easily. He also seems to have been caught by surprise at her death.


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    Aug 27th, 8:00pm report

    I think the story is about depression and suicide. Things that nobody talked about in the 60s. I think the songwriter was trying to shed light on a difficult subject at the time.


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    Jul 11th, 7:30am report

    His wife got the news that she was dying and he came home unexpectedly to find her crying. She died in the spring while she was home alone.


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    Mar 20th, 2019 3:35pm report

    I believe he is fondly remembering little things in their life that he didn't think were so important until his beloved died... She found out she was sick n didn't want her husband to know so died quietly while he was at work... Very HEARTBREAKING song especially w/ the BEAUTIFUL orchestra!!!


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    Jan 30th, 2019 1:20pm report

    I think she is very depressed & commits suicide.


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    Oct 12th, 2018 10:21pm report

    I feel like the wife committed Suicide. She seemed very sad and emotional. The husband is remembering the things she used to do, and realized it was too late.


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    Sep 6th, 2018 9:52am report

    My interpretation is of a couple hopelessly in love. One day the guy comes home to his love crying. She has found out that she is dying. Later in the year she does die, and he is grief-stricken forever more, however he has the fondest of memories of her to last him for the rest of HIS life.


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    Apr 30th, 2018 4:52am report

    I REMBER this song on my way to Vietnam it was always on our radios


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    Mar 25th, 2018 3:17pm report

    Over the years, when I have heard this song,I have interpreted it differently.

    When I was a child in the late 60s, I thought it was about a wife who left her husband because he mistreated her.

    As a young adult, in the early/mid 80s, I thought it was about a man that loses his wife to illness and is suffering so because of it.

    A listened again to the song recently, and now in my mid to late fifties, I view it differently. First of all, the narrator is a jerk to his wife. His behavior appears to be getting to her (“crying needlessly in the middle of the day”). Finally, she likely commits suicide, although that’s not clear. He’s remorseful and should be. Although the song was written in the 60s and ‘acceptable’ marital behavior was different, he was still acting like a jerk and knows it. Now the narrator is clearly suffering and knows he was likely a contributory cause in her death.


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    Sep 2nd, 2017 9:08am report

    I think it's about a man who loved his young wife and missed her she had a illness and died she did not want to tell him she was dying. I could not understand what was wrong with her why did he not figure out why she was crying in the middle of the night. Women young or old when they cry it is for a reason..


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    Jun 26th, 2017 6:03am report

    "I think 'Honey' is a very emotional song, but it's not like what I call a sick song, a death song. Actually what it is, very simply, is just a guy remembering little things that happened while his wife was alive and to me that's not sick at all." - Goldsboro told NME in 1968. songfacts



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    Jun 25th, 2017 6:51pm report

    She seems to be depressed, cries often, for silly things, but unbeknownst to her lover she's suffering from depression. Most of her time is spent alone... so sad


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    Apr 28th, 2017 4:10am report

    To me, this song seems to be about a woman who couldn't go on with life and ended her life one day. Her husband seemed to not be available to her. He misses her now that she's gone.


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    Feb 18th, 2017 2:22pm report

    I think is about a man & a woman who are married. The woman gets into a car accident and gets brain damage! The widower is now depressed for the rest of his life and only has memories of his wife!


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    Dec 28th, 2014 12:23am report

    Just a man that doesn't realize what he has until its gone.

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