What does Beekeeper's Daughter mean?

The All-American Rejects: Beekeeper's Daughter Meaning

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Song Released: 2012

Beekeeper's Daughter Lyrics

I’ve been known a thousand ways
Choked a hundred hearts in half as many days
Oh no, I think so
And I get so lost inside this city
You ugly girls all look so pretty, it’s true
What am I supposed to do?

I still got you waitin’
Look out...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Feb 25th 2012 !⃝

    Beekepper's Daughter is an interesting song, because it represents two different perspectives when it comes to love.

    I agree that the singer is a typical jerk. He breaks hearts without any sort of guilt.

    However, then he said "you ugly girls all look so pretty." What can this mean? He is complaining either that women make them selves up to appear one way but are "ugly" on the inside, or is complaining that pretty girls actually make themselves ugly when they dress slutty and appear desperate. My inclination is to go with the latter, mainly because of the following lyrics.

    When he asks her to look out her window and complains she doesnt see him, this isnt literal. She doesnt see him for what he truly is, which is someone who isnt good for her.

    He calls her a "pretty little flower" and himself a "busy little bee" and says thats all she needs to see. Since this is what she already sees, it is assumed the woman does not see herself as more than a plaything for the player. Then he says that he's going to have his way with her and will leave. He doesnt care because he knows she will wait, mainly because she doesnt understand her own self worth.

    She accepts that she and the guy shes with will most likely not have a future together, because he doesnt want a realy relationship with her. Then he says that he can lie to her over and over about being faithful and she will buy it.

    The chorus repeats.

    He brings the girl into the song saying that he pulled out her picture and she says "aw isnt that sweet?" Then he says you didnt have that much to say, and she responds "'cause it wasnt even me" He cant keep her straight which is a problem.

    She tells him that hes better off on his own or dead, but he doesnt see the problem. He just wanted her to wait, to accept who he was from the beginning. The problem isnt really him, hes the same guy. The problem lies with her, who accepted his bull the entire time and then all of a sudden rejects him.

    The song overall is a warning to women everywhere: dont cheapen yourselves, dont try to make yourself appear slutty to be attractive. Dont close your eyes to bad men, have the self worth to leave them from the beginning rather than get hurt by them. The bad guys will be there all the time, but women have to be able to say no. Dont be held on some guys' strings. I love this song for the lyrics, because as a woman this kind of message is really important to hear. These days we are mainly hearing the opposite...so good job AAR :) Im having all my friends listen to this song!

  2. anonymous
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    Jul 2nd 2014 !⃝

    You're a flower, I'm a busy little bee.

    So like, I'll use you up, until there's nothing more. I have some other stuff I think about the song like:
    So, Tyson did this video saying it was kind of him like on the top of his career, he didn't care for anyone, he would take a girl, and love them for an hour, never call them again, he was take a boy call them a friend for a bit, but then push them out, saying he didn't need friends. It's like, how Hollywood can like hypnotize people into thinking differently, kind of.

  3. anonymous
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    Nov 6th 2012 !⃝

    I think that it is about his Doughter and he needs to protect her from boys

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  4. bottledcages
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    Jun 19th 2012 !⃝

    The opening line 'I’ve been known a thousand ways' could symbolise the fact that he- because the song voice is distinctly male- has been with many different people and has pretended to be a different person each time, perhaps just so he can get in their pants.

    'Choked a hundred hearts in half as many days' This line clearly tells us that the narrator is a player. The fact that he uses the verb 'choked' suggests that he left them in a very cruel and harsh manner.

    'Oh no, I think so' This line is harder. It could just be used as a filler to make the rest of the lyrics flow... or it might be the narrators response to someone not fully believing that he's such a man whore.

    'And I get so lost inside this city' Could be referring to the geographical location or maybe the confused state of his mind. He gets 'lost'- this indicates that he hadn't always been that way and maybe he wants to get out. It could mean he just goes wild and would pick up any girl he could find, he's lost all sense of chivalry: he just sees girls as a plaything without any regards for them as human beings.

    'You ugly girls all look so pretty, it’s true'- This could be referring to either the physical appearance or personality of the girls who's hearts he breaks. The girls could be gorgeous but absolute bitches or they might not be very attractive but be good and kind hearted people. It could also refer to a prostitute, the job they do is considered 'ugly' but they might be pretty or nice people.

    'What am I supposed to do?' This line backs up the interpretation that he is confused. He doesn't know what he's 'supposed to do'. This also might mean that although he is a player and typically only dates attractive women, he actually might have gone as far as to fall in love with a girl that isn't his usual stereotype and he's not been truthful to her. Backed up by the first line.

    'I still got you waitin’' He's keeping her waiting for something. Maybe sex? He doesn't want his time with her to end and in the past; he would have fucked and ditched. He doesn't know what he wants and is conflicted. Could also mean that the girl he talks about doesn't mind that he just might just use her as a booty call.

    'Look out your window' Window could refer to the soul? Not to sure on this line; it might mean he wants her to look deep into her soul and make a decision on what she wants from him. Could mean that it's time for her to wake up and smell the bullshit: he couldn't care less about her.

    'What do you see? You don’t see me' These line most likely refer to the fact that he's been lying to her and she has now built her own image of him, preventing her from seeing the person he truly is. She believes something completely different to the reality and maybe he wants her to realise the truth, or can't believe she doesn't know.

    'You’re a pretty little flower' Symbol of virginity? Maybe the girl is small n physique and has a rather delicate psyche. Sign of naivety?

    'I’m a busy little bee'- The 'bee' reference is almost definitely that he 'pollinates'. A metaphor for the fact that he has sex a lot.

    'Honey, that’s all you need to see' This could mean the girl doesn't need to know whether he cares about her or not. He may be scared of pursuing a real relationship, and disregards both his and her feelings to continue doing what he would be doing otherwise. He doesn't feel the need to disguise the fact that they have no future together as far as he's concerned because he's fooled her into thinking he's someone he's not, most likely a caring boyfriend.

    'I can take it for an hour but then I’m gonna leave' Could refer to sex. After awhile; he'll simply go, leaving her with no answers 'waiting'.

    'Honey I know you’ll wait for me' The girl will wait for him to come back to her. She either doesn't care he's a player, doesn't know or is simply disbelieving of all evidence. She'll wait because she thinks he cares for her or just want to have sex with him again.

    You’re all alone but you understand that we’re too young to start making plans' This strongly suggests the girl is very aware that they have no future. They are 'too young to start making plans' This could mean that they are both in it for some fun. 'all alone' might mean that she has nobody on the side like the boy has. He's her one and only.

    'Agreein’ monogamy’s not a part of me'- They both know that he's not going to be faithful. He likes having more than one girl at a time and had no intentions of changing that.

    'And I know my line and is just a sin but I swear to you I’m gonna do it again I’m not making any friends'- This implies that he has told her that he commits 'sin'. He cheats on her, will do it gain and doesn't care that this behaviour causes him to be disliked by many people.

    'I just wanted you to wait' In this round of the chorus: it says 'wanted', past tense. Maybe she's stopped waiting on him and has left him or wised up to his cheating.

    Pulled out your picture the other day (Isn’t that sweet?)- This implies heavily that they have broken up. He might even miss her. The 'Isn't that sweet?' is most likely both sarcastic and slightly bitter. He can't believe she left him.

    You didn’t have that much to say(Cause it wasn't even me)- She had nothing to say to him. She had no plans of talking to him ever again.

    Cause I know that you said I’m better off on my own and I’m better off dead- She told him she'd rather be dead than remain his unwitting little fuck buddy.

    Come on, come on, come on! I can take it for an hour, maybe two or maybe three
    Honey, I know you’ll wait for me- Attempting to reason with her? Wants her back.

    Honey, that’s all I had to say- Maybe the song in general was a message/ apology to a girl the narrator or even writer had seriously wronged in the past and this song is the explanation of why he did what he had to do. It says they were 'young'- the voice has grown up now and realises that he made a mistake.

  5. anonymous
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    Jun 6th 2012 !⃝


  6. anonymous
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    Jun 1st 2012 !⃝

    I'd say this song is about a player who has been in a bunch of shallow relationships with a bunch of shallow girls. And then he meets a special girl who he actually cares about, but since he's had so many messed up relationships in the past, he doesn't really know how to keep this one going and commit. But he's expecting the girl to wait for him, and he's saying that he'll eventually come back for her. I don't know, that's just what it sounds like to me :) I love this song <3

  7. anonymous
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    May 13th 2012 !⃝

    Tyson Ritter (the lead singer) said in a interview that he was in a state of being a player guy in one point of his life and the title 'Beekeepers daughter' was suggested by Nick Wheeler which he read on a pot of honey :) love the all american rejects there songs are so relatable! x x

  8. nobodyyouknow
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    Apr 23rd 2012 !⃝

    This song is about a guy knowing that girls like him and him abusing it. He doesn't care about the girl he is hurting and he is having fun while doing it.

  9. anonymous
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    Apr 8th 2012 !⃝

    This song appears to be about a player who has fallen for a girl but cannot stop being who he is and though he wants her to wait for him, he also wants her to stop waiting for him as hes never going to change.

    "I've been goin’ a thousand ways
    Choked a hundred hearts in half as many days
    Oh no, I think so" - basically hes a massive player.
    "And I get so lost inside this city
    You ugly girls all look so pretty, it’s true
    What am I supposed to do?" - the 'city' is the life of a player. hes saying that the girls who are players themselves look pretty but theyre not inside.

    "I still got you waitin’
    Look out your window
    What do you see?
    You don’t see me" - Stop waiting for me. im not there and i never will be.

    "You’re a pretty little flower
    I’m a busy little bee
    Honey, that’s all you need to see" - hes saying shes beautiful and delecate and hes this player and thats all she needs to see cause he doesnt want her to see all the good about him as she will wait for him and he cannot handle that

    "I can take it for an hour
    But then I’m gonna leave
    Honey I know you’ll wait for me" - i know you will wait but im going to use you and leave you so save yourself the pain

    "You’re all alone but you understand
    That we’re too young to start making plans agreein’
    Monogamy’s not a part of me" - basically his distorted thinking that helps him justify his 'player' behaviour to himself

    "And I know my line and is just a sin
    But I swear to you I’m gonna do it again
    I’m not making any friends" - he knows it something he says to make him feel better but he will do it again and again and hes not out to make people like him.

    "I just wanted you to wait
    There out your window
    What do you see?
    You don’t see me" - he wanted her to wait but hes telling her he will never be there so even though he wants her to, she shouldnt.

    "Pulled out your picture the other day
    (Isn’t that sweet?)
    You didn’t have that much to say
    (You wouldn’t even breathe)
    Cause I know that you said
    I’m better off on my own and I’m better off dead" - her picture is not her but its the only way he can see her as the last time they saw eachother it ended with her telling him that she was going to be better off without him and that he would be better off dead than someone who cannot have love.

    "Come on, come on, come on
    Pretty little flower
    I’m a busy little bee
    Honey that’s all you need to see
    I can take it for an hour
    Maybe two or maybe three
    Honey, I know you’ll wait for me" - hes saying the same as before but his desire is showing through as he says he might stay a bit longer. hes losing grip on his guns to persuade her to not wait for him cause he knows she will.

  10. anonymous
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    Mar 18th 2012 !⃝

    Its about a player :B

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  11. anonymous
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    Feb 15th 2012 !⃝

    The singer is a playboy ("I've been known a thousand ways, choked a hundred hearts in half as many days") and compares himself with a bee. They both go to many flowers (girls) but leave once they pollinate them? LOL Anyway they both go to a flower temporarily, and that's typical of guys who just play around.

    Also when he says "you ugly girls all look so pretty," I'm guessing that there are so many superficially pretty girls who turn out to not be actually beautiful on the inside. Is this why guys are always trying to look for a great girl but get disappointed and leave afterwards?

    "Honey I know you'll wait for me" because girls are usually looking for the "one guy" and will wait for him. But maybe he's also saying that if she really is the one for him, he'll go back to her (haha and I'm not sure if the girl would agree to get back together again :/)

    In the bridge, he's actually taking time to think about that girl only (aww isn't that sweet?)

    When he says "you don't see me" as she looks out the window, I guess he's saying that she shouldn't expect him to be there for her everytime. This might be a reference to Romeo and Juliet?

    "That's all you need to know" meaning she shouldn't know the whole truth about him, cause ignorance is bliss.

    Personally I don't like the lyrics to this song, and I bet a lot of girls don't like it too haha. But the melody's very catchy so that's why I still listen to it.

  12. anonymous
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    Feb 12th 2012 !⃝

    it's obviously about a player who goes thru girls like it's nothing.....the only thing i don't really understand about this song is the title/chourus, i don't get the metaphore in that one

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