Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: The Beatles, “A Taste Of Honey”

Jim’s prompt for this morning is "Babe/Cutie/Doll/Honey/Sweetie." Knowing what Jim is looking for, I’m going to take a different approach (qu’el surprise!).

"A Taste Of Honey" was written by Bobby Scott and Ric Marlow. The Blogger’s Best Friend™ has this to say:

It was originally an instrumental track (or recurring theme) written for the 1960 Broadway version of the 1958 British play A Taste of Honey (which was also made into the film of the same name in 1961). Both the original and a later recording by Herb Alpert in 1965 earned the song four Grammy Awards. A vocal version of the song — first recorded by Billy Dee Williams (and released in 1961 on the Prestige label), and then recorded very successfully by Lenny Welch in the summer of 1962 — was also recorded by the Beatles for their first album in 1963. Barbra Streisand performed the song as part of her cabaret act during 1962, and recorded it in January 1963 for her debut album The Barbra Streisand Album on Columbia, which won a Grammy for Album of the Year (1963).

Paul McCartney said that this was one of his showcase numbers when The Beatles were playing in Hamburg, and they (probably when prodded by George Martin) decided to include it on their 1963 album Please Please Me (which we in the US know as Introducing… The Beatles!) because at the time Acker Bilk’s instrumental was doing well on the charts.

The lyrics, from AZLyrics:

A taste of honey
Tasting much sweeter than wine

I dream of your first kiss
And then I feel upon my lips again

A taste of honey
Tasting much sweeter than wine

I will return, yes I will return
I’ll come back for the honey and you

Yours was the kiss that awoke my heart
There lingers still, though we’re far apart

That taste of honey
Tasting much sweeter than wine

Oh I will return, yes I will return
I’ll come back (He’ll come back)
for the honey (For the honey)
and you

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for February 2, 2020.

23 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: The Beatles, “A Taste Of Honey”

    1. This is one of their really early ones, and it sounds almost like Lenny Welch’s, which they covered. They did some fantastic covers in their early days.

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  1. I don’t know this song at all but I can tell it is a song from Broadway. It reminds me of the song they sing that comes from The Music Man..can’t recall the title

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