Official NCSBA Song

MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC …. The whole world loves music. Beekeeper John Rigdon expressed his love for honey bees and NCSBA by composing “My Gentle Honey Bees“. NCSBA has adopted this song as its official theme song and presented John with a plaque at the 1995 Spring Convention in Southern Pines in recognition of this accomplishment. Thank you John!  Your tribute to honey bees is forever recorded here and will refresh our spirits each time we sing.

(Suggested tune: Just A Closer Walk With Thee )


© John Rigdon,

North Carolina Music “Meister”


I’ve a hive of honey bees

Nestled down among the trees

They live in peace and at ease

My thrifty, gentle honey bees.


6 Long before the first snowThe drones know they soon must goAfter a life lived in vain

Their last days are spent in pain.


2 In spring they await the last freezeBlossoms will soon be in the treesAnd when the nectar starts to flow

My bees will get it, don’t you know.


7 Fall has come, summer has goneThe sweet nectar flows no moreOnly the workers and queen

Will live to see the next spring.


3 Then in May and weather warmI look up and see a swarmAnd high up in a tree I see

A swarm of gentle honey bees.


8 When in winter’s cold weatherIn the hive they cluster togetherAnd eat honey, Oh, so sweet

From it they get their only heat.


4 In June still more flowers bloomThere is never time for gloomThey will gather nectar plenty soon

I super up to make more room.


9 The cold nights are getting shorterDays are now getting longerSpring is just around the corner

Bees and their keepers start all over.


5 For our work we now get our payWe just take away the honeyNature’s purest and sweetest sweet

The loveliest food we can eat.


10 Just a hive of honey beesNestled down among the treesI don’t want killers, please

Just some gentle honey bees.



How I love my Honey Bees

Oh! How I love my honey bees

Though it pains me when they sting

I still love my honey bees!