Honey I Miss You Lyrics

Honey I Miss You Lyrics Sung by Bobby Goldsboro

Watch the video below the lyrics and sing along if you like

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, it was just a twig

Then the first snow came
And she ran out to brush the snow away so it wouldn’t die
Came running in all excited slipped and almost hurt herself
And I laughed ’til I cried

She was always young at heart
Kind of dumb and kind of smart
And I loved her so
And I surprised her with a puppy
Kept me up all Christmas Eve two years ago

And it would sure embarrass her when I came in from working
Cos’ I would know
That she’d been sitting there a crying
Over some sad and silly late late show

And Honey I miss you
And I’m being good
And I’d love to be with you
If only I could

She wrecked the car and she was sad
And so afraid that I’d be mad
But what the heck
Though I pretended hard to be
Yes you could say she saw through me
And hugged my neck

I came home unexpectedly
And caught her crying needlessly
In the middle of the day
And it was in the early spring
When flowers bloom and robins sing
She went away

And Honey I miss you
And I’m being good
And I’d love to be with you
If only I could

One day when I was not at home
While she was there and all alone
The angels came
Now all I have are memories of Honey
And I wake at nights and call her name

Now my life’s an empty stage
Where Honey lived and Honey played
And love grew up
And a small cloud passes overhead
And cries down on the flowerbed
That Honey loved

And 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 it was just a twig

Enjoy This Video of Honey I Miss You


“Honey”, also known as “Honey (I Miss You)”, is a song written by Bobby Russell. The song’s narrator mourns his deceased lover, beginning with him looking at a tree in their garden, remembering how “it was just a twig” on the day they planted it together, then reflecting on their relationship before lamenting the day “the angels came”.

One day in early 1968, Bobby Goldsboro was sitting at home in his apartment in Nashville, Tennessee, when Larry Henley walked in to talk to him. Larry Henley had said that he had just heard this nice new song that Bobby Russell had played for him. Bobby Russell’s office at Acuff-Rose Music was right across the street from where Goldsboro lived.

So they went over to Bobby Russell’s office. Russell told them the song was called “Honey” and played it on a guitar for Henley and Goldsboro. At the end of the song, Henley said it was a great song. Goldsboro just thought that the song “didn’t do anything for him,”
he later remembered. And Goldsboro walked back to his apartment.

A few weeks later, he was with his new producer, Bob Montgomery. Montgomery and Goldsboro were sitting around and thinking about new songs that he could sing. Then, in an ironic twist of fate, Montgomery took him over to Bobby Russell’s office again, and the three were brainstorming until at last Goldsboro said “How about that … song you played for me the other day?” Russell said, “You mean ‘Honey’?” Goldsboro replied “Yes, I think so”.

So Russell played the song for Montgomery and Goldsboro, with another guitar, and it just “floored them both”.

Goldsboro was delighted. He asked Russell if he could try singing the song as a possibility of a new hit. However, Russell told him Bob Shane, from the group The Kingston Trio already had recorded the song. It was already getting a little bit of airplay on radio stations. Russell said to Bobby Goldsboro that it was in top 20 in the music charts down in Texas.

Russell told Goldsboro that he could have a try at the song if Shane’s record flopped. Nothing happened for Shane, so Bobby Goldsboro recorded “Honey”, and it became a #1 hit in April 1968. (summarized from liner notes by Steve Kolanjian from “The Best Of Bobby Goldsboro: Honey by Bobby Goldsboro”, September 1991, issued by Capitol-EMI Records, available on CD).

Bobby Russell wrote several other songs, including Vicki Lawrence’s The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia and the O.C. Smith’s Little Green Apples. From June 1972 until November 1974 he was married to Vicki Lawrence (who played Mama Thelma Harper on the TV sitcom Mama’s Family in the 1980s). He died of a heart attack on November 19, 1992, Age 52 in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Larry Henley later wrote the song The Wind Beneath My Wings. He still lives in Nashville, Tennessee.



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