It's the Flight of the Bumblebee
Bob Dylan & The Band Lyrics


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It’s the flight, the flight
Of the farm bumblebee

Yes, it’s the flight, it’s the flight
Of the bumblebee

Yes, it’s the flight
That mean ol’ flight
That mean ol’ flight of the bumblebee

Buzz-buzz-buzz

Well, it’s that flight
Yes, it’s that flight of the night
Of that ol’ bumblebee

Yes, it’s that flight
That flight of the night when it’s light
Now the birds that fly
That’s where you’ll find that ol’ bumblebee

Mean ol’ bumblebee
Rolling ‘round the door
I give him all my candy
But he keeps coming back for more
That mean ol’ bumblebee

Can’t take a ??
I’m scratching on that bumblebee




Scratching still
I’m scratching on that ol’ bumblebee

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Bob Dylan & The Band's song "It's the Flight of the Bumblebee" describe the flight of a bumblebee around a farm at night, and the frustration of trying to deal with its constant buzzing. The repetition of the line "it's the flight, it's the flight of the bumblebee" emphasizes the relentlessness of the bee's buzzing, and its ability to persist despite attempts to ward it off. The lyrics also suggest a sense of unease, with the reference to the "mean ol' bumblebee" and the singer's efforts to keep it away.


Throughout the song, there is a sense of frenzied energy, both in the repeated use of the word "buzz" and in the fast-paced rhythm. The lyrics create a vivid image of the buzzing bee, flying around and causing chaos, and the singer's attempts to cope with it.


Overall, the song captures a feeling of irritation and frustration, as well as a sense of the unpredictable and uncontrollable nature of the natural world.


Line by Line Meaning

It’s the flight, the flight
The focus is on the flight of the bumblebee


Of the farm bumblebee
Specifically, the bumblebee found in rural or farm areas


Yes, it’s the flight, it’s the flight
Again, emphasizing that the flight is the primary subject


Of the bumblebee
A reminder that the song is specifically about the bumblebee


Yes, it’s the flight
Continuing with the same theme


That mean ol’ flight
Adding a negative connotation to the flight of the bumblebee, possibly referring to its buzzing sound


That mean ol’ flight of the bumblebee
Repeating the previous line with more emphasis on the negativity


Buzz-buzz-buzz
Imitating the sound of the bumblebee for effect


Well, it’s that flight
Switching the focus to the flight once again


Yes, it’s that flight of the night
Referring to the flight of the bumblebee specifically during nighttime


Of that ol’ bumblebee
Referring to the bumblebee in general, as seen before


Yes, it’s that flight
Again, repeating for emphasis


That flight of the night when it’s light
A play on words, referring to the night when it's light outside (i.e. during the full moon), which may make it easier to spot the bumblebee


Now the birds that fly
Referring to other flying animals that might be found in the countryside


That’s where you’ll find that ol’ bumblebee
Hinting that the bumblebee may be found near or around the same areas as the birds


Mean ol’ bumblebee
Repeating the negative connotation from earlier


Rolling ‘round the door
Describing the physical movement of the bumblebee that could be seen through a door


I give him all my candy
Offering something sweet to the bumblebee, possibly as a way to lure it outside or away from the door


But he keeps coming back for more
Implying that the bumblebee is not interested in the candy, but rather in something else near the door


That mean ol’ bumblebee
Repeating the negative connotation and suggesting that the bumblebee is causing some sort of trouble or annoyance


Can’t take a ??
Unclear, possibly implying that the artist is unable to tolerate or handle the presence of the bumblebee


I’m scratching on that bumblebee
Literal meaning of scratching the bumblebee, but could also be interpreted as trying to remove or get rid of the bumblebee in some way


Scratching still
Continuing to scratch, despite possibly being ineffective


I’m scratching on that ol’ bumblebee
Repeating the previous line and adding a nostalgic, folksy quality with the use of "ol'"




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